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"What emerges from this book is the portrait of a thoroughly nice woman. Her exceptional qualities have led her to achievements that her readers can scarcely imagine. But she still remains touchingly connected to that ordinary girl from Norfolk. It's a winning combination."

---Jane Shilling, The Daily Mail

"What amazes me about Chrissie Wellington is not that she wins, but by how much...Like Usain Bolt, Wellington has burst on to the scene and destroyed the opposition. Those within athletics said that Bolt was coming but Wellington came from nowhere and wins by a relatively greater margin."

---James Cracknell, two time Olympic gold medalist, and adventurer

"Empowering and suitably commemorative."

---Kirkus Reviews

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In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer to the sport and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's win shook up the sport. A LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS is the story of her rise to the top, a journey that has taken her around the world, from a childhood in England, to the mountains of Nepal, to the oceans of New Zealand, and the trails of Argentina, and first across the finish line.

Wellington's first-hand, inspiring story includes all the incredible challenges she has faced--from anorexia to near--drowning to training with a controversial coach. But to Wellington, the drama of the sports also presents an opportunity to use sports to improve people's lives.

A LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS reveals the heart behind Wellington's success, along with the diet, training and motivational techniques that keep her going through one of the world's most grueling events.

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  • Broché: 288 pages
  • Editeur : Center Street (23 avril 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1455505587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455505586
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,3 x 2,5 x 20,3 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Divo Lakota sur 15 mai 2012
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Meme si vous n'etes pas interesse par le triathlon ou l'Ironman, la biographie de Chrissie Wellington est a lire absolument. Au-dela des performances sportives hors du commun, son livre nous montre la riche personnalite et les experiences de vie diverses de l'athlete (multiples voyages, enfance sportive mais aussi tres academique, le developpement international et ses voyages en Afrique et en Asie, son esprit d'aventure et sa volonte d'aider les gens). Cela contraste avec ce a quoi on pourrait s'attendre d'un sportif "classique".
Le cote naturel, non-hypocrite et "vrai" de cette autobiographie rend la lecture d'autant plus interessante et captivante. De plus, elle decrit bien ses ressorts psychologiques, ce qui ne manquera pas d'interesser les lecteurs qui voudraient emuler ses prouesses. Je recommande chaudement ce livre. 5 etoiles bien meritees.
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Par catherine sur 16 décembre 2013
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Quelle grande championne! Un livre que je recommande à tous les triathlètes et coureurs longues distances. Une vraie inspiration pour l'entraînement
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Par Bruno Bieth sur 9 février 2013
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Great story there for all triathlon fan! Everybody should be inspired by her life. Being a winner like her required motivation and confidence. She is an example for all the triathletes!
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IF this was fiction you would not believe it 6 mai 2012
Par Lost In 80's - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a great book, well written and fast paced - I finished it quickly and wished it had been longer. I'd recommend it to anyone, particularly those who participate in or follow triathlon, or its constituent sports.

What Chrissie Wellington achieved in her 5 short professional years in what many consider to be the toughest of endurance sports, Ironman, is nothing short of astonishing. If this were a work of fiction, if someone was to create a character that won every Ironman race they entered, you'd say interesting story, but that just doesn't happen. But Chrissie's story is fact and likely her record will never be bettered; no-one she's competed against in all those races will achieve what she has, because they lost to her, at least once, someone new will have to come along. Look at other sports and it's hard to find anyone with a comparable record, or to find someone who has won by the margins she has.

How Chrissie ended up dominating Ironman makes for compelling reading. Her early years hint at nothing significant to follow; nothing outstanding sporting wise, and often illness caused by her obsessions seemingly would have blighted her achievements. Her journey in life does expose her to environments and experiences considered to be beneficial to the sport; high altitudes and the opportunity to fuel her voracious appetite for very long bike rides. However what comes through again and again in this book is her immense driving force. It's her monumental mind over matter approach and dedication to do what is needed that is the difference and there's much here to learn and apply to all aspects of life, not just endurance sports.

I couldn't get enough of this book, it went by too fast. I felt like I gained a friend so open and frank was the narrative and then it ended all too quickly. This is what the best books do; they grab you, hold your attention, and for the time you invest they give you so much more back.

If you want to get a sense of Chrissie before reading the book take a look at her finish at Kona in 2007 on Youtube.
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Truth is better than fiction 26 mai 2012
Par Necmiye Eren - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The extraordinary first-hand account of Chrissie Wellington's rise to triathlon greatness after the age of 25 when she discovered her latent talent for endurance sport. A very refreshing account that differs greatly from Paula Radcliffe's "My Life so Far" or Meb K's "Run to Overcome". No tales of early greatness in Chrissie's book, no relatives who were Olympians, no highschool world records. Just a girl who had a passion for international development and helping others who was also passionate about exploring and pushing herself who rather randomly happened onto running, cycling and triathlon and became the best in the world at it, and quickly! What I enjoyed most about this book was Chrissie's description of her relationship with her coach, Brett Sutton, and the psychological fortitude necessary to engage in "warfare" against yourself and your competitors.

Chrissie is an engaging, likeable author--it feels as if she is talking to a friend about her story. Overall, an enjoyable and informative read.

The book has lag points where I felt like she went too much into extraneous detail about random friends' weddings and characters who bore little importance to the plot. There was also redundancy in her descriptions (for example she races Kona 4x and each time we have to read the same description of the sunrise).

These minor criticisms aside, I was very happy to have a book by one of the most astounding women in sports history told with energy and enthusiasm.
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not only a great athlete but a great writer as well 1 avril 2012
Par jopey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I've read many books by runners, triathletes and other sports people, and often think that perhaps they would have been better to get someone else to write their stories, but this is very different. It is so well written. Chrissie shares some of her early life stories and is very honest about some of the body issues she faced and she also shows us how much training she has had to do to get to the top and it's all done in a really easy to read manner. I couldn't put the book down. Great read.
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Inspirational! Mandatory Reading for Aspiring Endurance Athletes 9 janvier 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I have learned in a \short period of time that triathletes are a very strange breed of athlete. While largely toiling in anonymity, the triathlete mercilessly works her/his body to the absolute limits of human endurance. They are acutely (and sometimes grossly) intimate with every biological function and become soul-mates with pain and drudgery. It is the constant testing of their limits that leads to the belief in limitlessness (or as was said in The Matrix, "there is no spoon"). In "A LIfe Without Limits", this boundless energy and spirit is explained with beautiful clarity by the sport's leading lady over the past decade - Chrissie Wellington.

As much a story about pursuing dreams and the sacrifices necessary to make them happen, as it is a story about athletic achievement, Chrissie takes us on a guided tour of a life lived in direct opposition to cubicles, committee meetings and the silent desperation of a well-meaning advocate for the developing world. Despite all of the earmarks of an effective bureaucrat working to improve the lives of developing populations throughout the world, Chrissie took up triathlon at a relatively late age and became dominant within the sport's Ironman idiom within a brief period of time. The agony of her transition into formal training - as much mentally and emotionally taxing as physically - virtually bleeds through the pages. We are left with a clear vision of what it takes to be a champion triathlete which, for aspiring endurance athletes, raises as many questions as it answers. Of course, Chrissie is no ordinary triathlete (oxymoron aside)... she is undefeated in her Ironman distance races. The mere fact of her triumphs would be remarkable: That she has overcome a long shopping list of injury and ailments that would cause mere mortals to hang up their aeros long ago makes for compelling narrative. For the athlete, Chrissie's tale is both cautionary and boundlessly inspiring. However, the inspiration extends to all endeavors and poses a challenge to everyone to simply reject their largely self-imposed constraints and to seek out excellence. In short, this is a great read for anyone seeking a well-constructed pep talk. Yes... add "excellent writer" to Chrissie's bold CV.

Sadly, the book serves as a coda for Chrissie's remarkable career - having announced her retirement from Ironman competition earlier this year. Armed with the heightened profile of a legendary athlete, Chrissie seems poised to "coin" her celebrity for the benefit of the developing world (as she has done throughout her spectacular career). Silently, however, I hope that this book is rendered somewhat obsolete with her return to Ironman someday. Such decisions lie solelywith the great lady herself. As it is, the book focuses attention not only on the sport of triathlon, but leaves one curious about the leading exponents of the women's game such as Leanda Cave and up-and-coming wunderkind Angela Naeth. On this level, the book serves the sport and its fan base exceptionally well.

Endurance athletes may grumble that many of the technical details are lacking. Even I was left to wonder just what went into the transition from competitive local swimmer to undefeated Ironman triathlete over so short a period of time. Were this book intended exclusively for triathletes, that might be a legitimate complaint. Those "missing" details would likely result in a 1000 page monster that none but the most fanatical practitioners would find comprehensible, much less enjoyable. Such matters are best left to coaching, should Ms. Wellington elect to do so. For the purposes of personal narrative literature, this book is infinitely enjoyable and left me anxious to get to my next training run.

I highly recommend "A Life Without Limits"!
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My hero is an ordinary girl from Norfolk 25 mai 2012
Par Shaun Mason - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
In October of 2007 I was a 46-year-old man who decided I was going to train for a triathlon. Like many newbies to the sport, I began absorbing the history and following the current stars via the triathlon magazines and the many internet sites. Almost right away was the 2007 world championships in Kona, which I pretentiously took great interest in as a person who now cared about triathlon, even though I hadn't actually competed in one yet. That year Chris McCormack was favored to win, and he was very brash about his prospects. On the women's side it was anyone's race and as I followed it on the internet for the first time I was just as surprised as everyone else who won. Chrissie who? She had not been featured in any of the magazines the way Samantha McGlone or Belinda Granger or Hillary Biscay had. Chrissie Wellington was as new to triathlon as I was, it seemed. She also smiled, a lot. She was unassuming and fresh, and didn't sound arrogant or even believing she had actually won the world championship. And she won handily. All these things combined to immediately make her my hero. This girl is the kind of champion I like, I thought, devoid of pretentiousness, yet devastatingly talented. From that point on I followed her every move, every race, every blog entry. My wife, whose name is also Chrissie, completely by coincidence, thought I was a little obsessive, but with each report of what race Chrissie W. won and by what margins, my wife realized she was rooting for her namesake as well. Together we marveled at each triumph, each destroyed record. My wife is also half English so she felt a bit of Old Blighty kinship with Chrissie as well.

All that being said, I was waiting with Shakespeare's famous bated breath for Chrissie's book, and after reading it I'm even more admiring of the ordinary girl from Norfolk than I was. We all suspected she was an ordinary human, despite a triathlon career befitting a Marvel costumed character, and reading her telling of her own tale is inspirational, exciting, sometimes shocking, and completely compelling. Yes, she had what seemed to be hidden talents, but this is a driven woman, and she enjoys the drive. Her encouragement to always look beyond your perceived limits is truly inspiring, but also shows wisdom. Nothing can be accomplished if it is not attempted, and Chrissie Wellington's story is one of a person willing to make attempts without accepting any limitations. This might not even work for everyone, but it's a grand book to read about someone who did it and succeeded beyond what anyone thought was possible. Certainly in the triathlon world there is only one Chrissie Wellington and there is likely to only ever be one. Bravo to Chrissie for writing such an honest and heartfelt life story at such a relatively young age.
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