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There's an interesting start to this book. Lance Armstrong narrates the foreword and I can't help but think of the doping scandal that overshadows his achievements now. His foreword kind of primed me to look out for machismo, for ego. This set the scene for me to feel sceptically about elite athletic pursuits and I wasn't much helped out of it by not warming to Chrissie as much as I'd have hoped.
I picked this up because I've read and loved books like "Into Thin Air" by Krakauer and "Born to Run" by McDougall. I was looking for an inspiring read, an insight into the mind of a person who pushes her body to the limit. While I found Chrissie to be very self-aware insightful and honest. I also couldn't help feeling like it was all a little too glossy. Challenges and set-backs are described, but over all it was success story after success story and I felt a little hit over the head with it.
I did learn a lot about the world of triathlon and ironman, as I'd hoped, but it didn't have the inspiring effect on me that Born to Run did. I didn't ultimately find Chrissie that accessible and did't feel a sense of inclusiveness around the description of her experience.
I think readers with an interest in adventure/sport stories or in biographies will get the most out of this. Chrissie is an exceptional woman and has used her success to raise the profile of charities. She's certainly a role model, I just don't know that she spoke that much to me personally.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
If you love hearing people talk about how amazing they are, in a way that is completely disconnected from other people's experiences, this book is for you! In the few moments where there appeared to be an attempt at humility or humanity, the writing was so poor and hackneyed it induced literal head shakes of disbelief.
What was most disappointing about Chrissie Wellington and Lance Armstrong (foreward) ’s story?
Having a lying sociopath write the intro is a great way to prepare one for this listen.
What character would you cut from A Life Without Limits?
I would cut Chrissie from this story--as the author, not the main character.
Any additional comments?
Chrissie's story could have been motivational, inspiring, and riveting, if this book had been written by someone who knew how to structure a narrative, provide perspective, use metaphor, and provide room for empathy and introspection.
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