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Hachette Book Group announced today that it will publish A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington, known in the triathlon world as the “queen of Ironman.” The book is scheduled for publication in May 2012 in the Center Street imprint, and according to a tweet by the three-time Ironman world champion (@chrissiesmiles), it will be released to the rest of the world in February.
“Part memoir, travel diary, and training guide, A Life Without Limits is Chrissie’s firsthand account of her unlikely rise to the top. In addition to her personal story, Chrissie shares training tips, stories and lessons from around the globe, and what it takes to be a champion in competitive sport,” reads a press release from New York-based Center Street, the same company that published Chris “Macca” McCormack’s autobiography I’m Here to Win earlier this year.
Some highlights from Wellington’s career:
- 2007, 2008, 2009 Ironman world champion
- Undefeated at the iron distance
- Holds the iron-distance world record, which she set at 2011 Challenge Roth (8:18:32)
Despite Wellington’s domination in her sport, she never imagined herself as a professional athlete. After obtaining her undergraduate and master’s degrees, and spending two years traveling round the world, Wellington worked for the British government as an advisor on international environment and development policy. Having always had a passion for development work, in 2006 she took a sabbatical from her civil service career to live and work in Nepal. It was there that she also discovered her natural gift for endurance sport. She returned to the UK in 2006, determined to take up the triathlon challenge and, to her surprise, managed to win the ITU Age Group World Championships only four months later. In 2007, aged 30, Wellington began racing professionally. She took the triathlon world by storm by winning in Kona that same year.
She was named The Sunday Times (London) Sportswoman of the year in 2009. In 2010 she was given the “Performance of the Year” award at the 2010 Endurance Sports Awards. Wellington remains passionate about development issues, and dedicates a considerable amount of time and energy as an ambassador for numerous charities.
To read more about Chrissie Wellington, read Holly Bennett’s feature on her in the Sept/Oct issue of Inside Triathlon, on newsstands now.