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on 28 August 2017
An exceptional story. Chrissie Wellington doesn't feel that she was cut out for sports, in her childhood. The autobiography contained within this book begs to differ. It describes her life before triathlon and through to her 4th Ironman world championship; including raw details of the trials faced getting there.. The character of the book is unassuming and modest. There is also a nice chapter about some of the people who have, themselves, inspired Chrissie. An inspiring read and well worth reading.
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on 6 May 2014
Even though I don't do triathlons, I admire Chrissie and think she is an incredible athlete, her results speak for themselves, she just annihilated her competitors.

It is incredible how someone with world class endurance just fell into the sport by chance and how she ran a debut marathon of sub 3.10 with very little training is incredible.

A surprisingly large amount of the first half of the book is taken up by her relationship with her coach, an Australian who had an indecent incident with an underage girl and is banned from coaching in his native country for life.

The style of the book could annoy some readers, the writing could have been tighten up in many places, there is a lot of uninteresting facts - the names of her bikes, the name of the first boy she kissed, what the local nightclub was called etc. There is also an annoying habit of putting additional information in brackets. We learn she rarely throws things away so her first swimming certificate (still got it) her first tri bike (still got it) a souvenir a friend got her from NY (still got it) etc

Many readers probably aren't interested where she first kissed her current boyfriend or that her friend flying out to see her compete in Hawaii stayed at the travel lodge at Heathrow.

The book would appeal to triathletes of any level as there is a chapter devoted to her training and nutrition. There is also a chapter given over to non elite, everyday triathletes who do the Ironman that have their own stories, surviving cancer etc.

Overall a good book, but could have been better.
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on 14 March 2012
If like me you are familiar with Chrissie Wellington's achievements or have an interest in triathlon, then you don't need me or anybody else to tell you to buy this book. For those of you who are not, then this book will take you on an honest and enlightening journey into the world of one of the most inspirational and successful athletes in history. Chrissie's experiences and interests outside of sport also make for a fascinating and thought-provoking read; her passion for development really shines through. Reading about Chrissie's achievements is nothing short of awe inspiring and goes to show that 'a life without limits' can be lived by us all. As someone who is interested in development (and, like Chrissie, a geography graduate) and taking on my first Ironman event later this year, this book is a reminder that anything really is possible. Buy this book and be inspired.
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on 4 September 2017
Inspirational account of a life which is anything but limited. I knew who Chrissie Wellington was before I picked this up but then again you don't really know someone until you do. More than enjoyed this account of her journey and finding out so many things she has achieved out with Triathlon. Very much looking forward to the new book coming out.
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on 10 March 2017
A well written biography of a great athlete with a nice balance between her personal and her sporting challenges and achievements.
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on 10 December 2017
Love love love this book a must read for anyone interested in the sport or inspiring atheletes in general.
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on 20 November 2017
My partner loved this book
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on 15 October 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed this, can do attitude, life lessons, inspiring, everyone will take away something positive from this book they simply just have to take a leap of faith and read it
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on 24 July 2017
Should make this book into a film. Everything in the book from the activities and adventures outside of triathlon to the awe inspiring races and trials getting there. Just brilliant.
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on 13 September 2017
Gripping, inspiring and very motivating. The perfect book to read if you find yourself caught in a training funk or just looking for a bit of inspiration and adventure.
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