A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington was the first book I purchased on the new iPad. Before I get into the book review I will say that the purchase of the iPad is so worth it just for reading books. I love it and have already purchased my second read…..the 909 page book by Marcus Samuelsson titled Yes, Chef.
OK, now that we are through with that tiny disclaimer let’s get into my review of this book.
Having watched Chrissie Wellington from a far during the broadcast of the Ironman World Championships I had some clue as to her story. We all know that she is undefeated at the Ironman race distance as well as her injuries just prior to the 2011 World Championships and this book goes into that a bit, but there was a lot more that I learned about her and my respect for her has grown.
In the book we learn that her passion truly is in helping others in any way she can. She once worked for the British Government through a position that had her talking and negotiating with the political elite. It was during her time doing that where she discovered that helping people was not going to be done while sipping cocktails at ultra-expensive hotels. Knowing her place in the world comes through quite a bit in this book.
Another fascinating tid bit I learned was that she has pushed and ridden a bike through Nepal on a ‘course’ that no bike was ever to be on. Imagine this tiny woman pushing a bike that probably weighs as much as her through the toughest terrain known to man and coming out the other side doing what she does best…..smile. A true inspiration to venture outside of your ‘comfortable’ world and do something uncomfortable.
The last piece of information I am going to share with you from her book is that she has a lot of GI issues prior to races. The face of the sport having major GI issues would not be a big deal, but having them before EVERY race? I was surprised by this as well as to how in-depth she gets. My surprise lies in the fact that she is a 4x World Champion and I would have expected her to have sorted this out. Maybe we all get race day nerves and some just show up in different ways than others.
I found this book to be an easy read. One that tells her story of life growing up and life as a World Champion. We learn about her personal life as well as her professional life. Her dealing with her original coach, her 2nd coach and her current coach. We are given a glimpse into her mindset while she it out training and racing and dealing with injuries.
If you are at all interested in the sport of triathlon I would highly suggest you read this. The book brings a person who would be considered famous and into your living room to enjoy a hot cup of tea and chat.