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Two-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington, who Triathlete Magazine confirmed earlier today had parted ways with her coach, Simon Lessing, will be coaching herself for the foreseeable future.
“Chrissie and Simon decided they weren’t going to formally work together anymore, and she is just going to take control of her own program for now,” said Ben Mansford, Wellington’s manager. “She’s had a great season so far and she is incredibly excited about going out there in Hawaii and making history.”
Mansford added that the decision for the two to part ways was amicable, and Wellington made the decision privately and would most likely not be speaking publicly about it anytime soon. “People may or may not speculate about what she’s doing on the coaching side,” Mansford said. “But Chrissie buckles down more than most and she is really in Kona mode and looking forward to it very much.”
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Triathlete Magazine has confirmed that two-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington has severed her coaching relationship with Simon Lessing.
“She’s going to have to figure out what she wants to do. You’ll need to ask her,” Lessing said in a phone interview. Lessing would not comment further.
Formerly a member of TeamTBB and coached by Brett Sutton through her second victory in Kona in 2008, she initially left the team to work with Cliff English, coach of Sam McGlone, but in December announced she would be working with Lessing, former ITU world champion and one of the most successful Olympic-distance racers in triathlon history.
This news comes just weeks after her record-breaking performance at Quelle Challenge Roth, and just a few months before she reaches the shores of Hawaii to challenge her title for a third time.
Check back in for more information as this continuing story develops.