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Never Give up
“There’s an importance of keeping an open mind. The brain is programmed to protect us, and that can mean imposing limits on what it thinks we can or should do. Constantly push at those limits, because the brain can be way too cautious.” ~ Chrissie Wellington
In A Life Without Limits, Chrissie Wellington shares with the reader her story of going from being a college graduate with two degrees and a career in international development to becoming a four time World Ironman Champion (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011) – and thoroughly proves in her story just how much the body is capable of achieving when the mind is trained not to give up!
‘The mind will always give up before the body’ is one of the mantras that I have leaned on for strength when I’ve found myself in the midst of a grueling workout. After reading Chrissie’s story, as one might expect, my definition of just what a ‘grueling‘ workout would be has expanded and gained new meaning. An Ironman race is a seriously challenging event that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced in that order and without a break. Like, who in their right mind…?
“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein
A Life Without Limits
By Chrissie Wellington
Book Overview: Chrissie Wellington is the world’s No 1 female Ironman triathlete, the current quadruple World Champion and World Record holder. In 2009 she was voted ‘Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year’ and in 2010 was awarded the MBE. She is the undefeated champion of Triathlon, having won nine Ironman titles from nine races.
Her World Record setting race time of 8:19:13 at Quelle Roth Germany in 2010 slashed over 14 minutes from the previous record and where she was only beaten by six men. Chrissie has displayed unprecedented levels of stamina, strength and competitiveness in becoming Ironman World Champion in only her second event at Ironman level. Her victory in Kona, Hawaii in 2007 finishing in 9:08:45 – five minutes ahead of her nearest rival – was described as the ‘biggest upset in Ironman history’ and ‘a remarkable feat, deemed to be near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first Ironman World Championships’. She defended her World title in Hawaii in 2008 and again in 2009 and won back her title in 2011 after having to withdraw from the 2010 race due to illness.
This is the remarkable story of how a Norfolk girl – a ‘sporty kid, swimming, playing hockey, running, but never excelling and always more interested in the social side of the sports scene’ – became a world champion.
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“Some of my greatest pleasures have come from finding ways to overcome obstacles.” ~ John Wooden
“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” ~ Ella Jane Fitzgerald
“Fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round – remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.” ~ James Corbett
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” ~ Anne Lamott
“All successful people learn that success is buried on the other side of frustration. Unfortunately, some people don’t get to the other side… They allow frustration to keep them from taking the necessary actions that would support them in achieving their desire. You get through this roadblock by plowing through frustration, taking each setback as feedback you can learn from, and pushing ahead.” ~ Anthony Robbins
“Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.” ~ Abraham Lincoln