Sporting Chapters - Chrissie Wellington
Ironman legend Chrissie Wellington speaks to Sporting Chapters about her book Life Without Limits'.
Last Updated: 29/01/13 10:34am
England's Chrissie Wellington is a four-time Ironman World Champion.
Undefeated in 13 Ironman races - each one made up of a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run - Wellington is arguably the fittest woman on the planet.
She left her life as civil servant at the age of 29 to become a pro-athlete, winning her first World Championship just 9 months later. She has set the four fastest times in an Ironman, breaking the world record in 2011 .
This week she's in the Sporting Chapters studio to reveal all from 'Life Without Limits' her book which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports book of the year. In our interview, she talks about:
Getting started: - how she got in to Ironman and triathlon's after completing her first London marathon in 2002 in 3 hours.
Winning ways: - winning her first World Ironman Championship nine months after turning pro in Kona Hawaii and discussing how she's undefeated in 13 Ironman races.
Coaching:- how she teamed up with controversial coach Brett Sutton
Body image: - her battles with anorexia and bulimia
Going long: - choosing the Ironman distance over Olympic distance and so why she wasn't racing in 2012 Olympics
Finishing at the top: - why she decided to retire this year
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