Wellington, 35, is the current world record-holder at the iron-distance triathlon, which entails a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2 mile run. Her world record time of 8:18:13, set at the 2011 Challenge Roth, crushed the previous record by over half an hour. She has broken 9 hours nine times, more than any other female Ironman triathlete.
Wellington’s last race was her victory at the 2011 Ford Ironman World Championships. She also won the event in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She was unable to start the 2010 race due to illness, but recovered later that year to set a new world record.
In 2012, Wellington has taken a break from competition to focus on her autobiography, “A Life Without Limits.” The book details her development into a professional triathlete and the experiences and challenges she has faced.
Wellington grew up in Norfolk, where she began her athletic career as a swimmer. She studied Geography at the University of Birmingham and was captain of the swim team. After graduation, Wellington pursued her passion for travel and visited Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Asia. From this experience, she decided to study international development at the University of Manchester, where she earned her MA and began running. She ran her first marathon at the 2002 London Marathon.
In 2002, Wellington got a job with the UK Government as an adviser on international development policy. She continued to run, but was hit by a car in 2003. Although the injuries she sustained prevented her from running, she took the opportunity to return to the pool. Once healthy to both run and swim, a friend encouraged her to try triathlons. The rest is history.
Wellington started with sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, but it was not until 2007 that she realized her potential to be a professional triathlete and joined TeamTBB.
“At that point I had to decide whether or not to take the risk, give up my job and have a stab at making a living as a professional triathlete. I never want to look back and think ‘what if’. You only get one chance at life and the most important thing is for me to know that I have given it everything, fulfilled my potential and been the best that I can be. I didn’t know where that would take me in terms of triathlon, but unless I gave it a shot at going pro I would never really know.”
The risk paid off when Wellington won her first Ironman World Championships. She is the only triathlete, male or female, to have won the World Championship less than a year after turning professional.
Read the entire story at www.chrissiewellington.org and do not miss the amazing opportunity to meet Chrissie Wellington at Peak Sports!
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