A Life Without Limits, the autobiography of Ironman World Champion and world record holder Chrissie Wellington, promises to be an inspirational yet accessible read. Wellington, a self-proclaimed “regular person”, was never particularly talented at sport as a child. She was, however, supremely skilled in drive and ambition, qualities that she first focused on her studies and her career in international development.
Wellington came upon triathlon almost by accident, falling in love with the challenge of true endurance while cycling 1200km across Nepal and later developing a passion for distance running akin to that of Forrest Gump. In Wellington’s first serious attempt at triathlon, she nearly drowned in the swim due to a poorly fitting wetsuit and was pulled from the race by a rescue crew. Fast forward five years and she’s amassed a dozen Ironman wins, including three world championship titles and a world record time that surpasses the personal bests of most men in the sport.
In her book, due out in May 2012, Wellington shares openly about her life both in and out of the sporting realm. Her remarkable success verges on unbelievable, yet the woman behind the world-class acclaim is warm, witty, down-to-earth and at times also self-doubting and self-deprecating. In a word, she’s undeniably real.