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A Most Remarkable Person and Competitor,
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This review is from: A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey (Kindle Edition)
Chrissie Wellington's autobiography is in her own words, and, in short, one of a self- confessed obsessive- compulsive and 'self-control freak', to do the best her body and mind can. We ordinaries may not begin to comprehend. This means total dedication and pummelling the body and mind to regimens that are beyond compliance and endurance for all but the elite. Ironman is a gruelling non-stop swim, cycle,run. (2.4 miles, 112 miles, and a marathon). Chrissie has won all 13 ironman competitions entered including world titles from 2007-2009 (ill 2010) then regained 2011. The book contains the obsessive-compulsive nature of the author. Nothing second best accepted.3 A's at A-level, Ist class degree at Birmingham. Masters (MA). Entered law. Became professional in 2007 (aged 30) with the considerable help of Australian coach Brett Sutton. Her coaches put the press on. Eating disorders (bulaemia and anorexia) are put into her overall life. Vegetarianism followed by meat-eating are not surprising in the challenges faced. Questions on her sexual orientation. Broken limbs, muscle strains. Nothing stops. Parents and brother were of great help and acknowledged. The middle part of the book is bogged-down somewhat with training, split times, personal dilemmas. Nothing to detract overall as they must be part and parcel of any drive and ambition to success. Try all, I suppose.
There is no doubt that Chrissie Wellington is a supreme, dedicated, successful athlete right at the top. Whether the agonies of self-discipline, denial, sacrifice have been worth the achievements, the answer from the author would seem to be yes, at present. A look back in years to come, who knows? Whatever, Chrissie is on the map with goal setting, achievements at the highest level, but also recognition (MBE), sports awards etc. Remarkably open in her description of her gruelling yet rewarding life.Comes over as a lovely, considerate generous person.
She quotes Martin Luther King, "If you can't fly,run;if you can't run,walk;if you can't walk,crawl". An excellent autobiography of a super woman.Great read. No Muppett (her nickname). Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 23 Feb 2012, 20:41:13 GMT
Just one small point, it's even more impressive than you say - the bike is 112 miles, not 112 km. Looking forward to reading it.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2012, 09:15:36 GMT
Thanks. Got confused with the sweat of reading it.
Posted on 28 Feb 2012, 09:22:17 GMT
Guest 101 says:
Yes, yes, yes; that's what's in the book, but what was your opinion of it? Why did it get 5 stars?
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012, 18:16:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Feb 2012, 18:18:24 GMT
Chrissie Wellington has told her story without any hidden material. Unusual, to say the least, in a sporting autobiography. No punches pulled. Tells her life -story. Hence 5 stars. I loved it. Honesty is still a virtue and revealing it doubly so. Thanks for the question.
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