I was shocked when I read on my timeline that Lady Chrissie is retiring / giving up on Ironman a couple of days ago.. to me she was someone that shook the world of Ironman and kinda made it more inspiring to complete an Ironman event, Ironman event it self is famous as it is and there are so many popping out everywhere.. I bet once I drop Chrissie’s name on any triathlete they would know who she is.
Who would not notice her trademark smiles, determination and passion, She has relentlessly promoted this sports and many girls/women took notice of Ironman/Triathlon in the past few years, to me she has this aura of happiness around her when she races or when she speaks to people (not that I have met her but through photographs and video). I am writing this post because she will be dearly missed by lots of girls and guys out there, she gave inspiration to many as she is a role model and idol for most of us. Who is gonna reign on her spot this time.
On her website Wellington wrote: “Over the past 12 months I have had time to reflect and think, about my past and, of course, also of my future. Being a professional ironman athlete has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined, and been so fortunate to travel to some beautiful places, compete against the best in the world, and forge many lasting friendships. Those life-changing experiences and memories will stay with me forever.
As an athlete I sought ‘the perfect race’. That race within myself where I dug to the depths mentally and physically, and that hard-fought race with my competitors. The World Ironman Championships in 2011 was the icing on the cake for me as an athlete. It was my ‘perfect race’ and it ‘completed’ me.
My passion for the sport hasn’t waned, but my passion for new experiences and new challenges is what is now burning the most brightly. Hence, I have got to the point where I know that it is right for me to retire from professional ironman distance racing.”
To me Crowie and Natasha Badmann is my all time favourite athlete in the world of Ironman.
Am a bit late on this but yeah, better late than never..
She was just a stranger in 13 October 2007 in the Ironman World, I remember watching it on video and there was no mention of her at the start.. but after crossing the line Jon Blais style aka The Blazeman Roll, the rest is History, and not after 4 years into Ironman this article was published on her blog.
16th January 2012 – London, UK: Four time World Champion and World Ironman Distance Record Holder, Chrissie Wellington has announced that she’ll be taking a break from competing in Ironman during 2012 to explore other opportunities, including the forthcoming publication of her autobiography, A Life Without Limits.
This is taken from her blog as she mentioned that
“I’ve given absolutely everything to Ironman over the past five years. However, this year I’ve decided to take a break as I would like to spend more time focusing on other pursuits including dedicating more time to my chosen charities, the publication of my book and more active promotion of the sport in the UK, as well as giving myself the chance to explore and seize new opportunities within triathlon and outside. I feel that I wouldn’t be able to pursue all of these different goals whilst simultaneously dedicating the energy and time needed to compete in Ironman events and treat them with the respect and complete dedication they deserve.
The past five years have been absolutely incredible and I am extremely happy, proud and content with everything that I have achieved in the sport – topping it all off with the race of my life in Kona last year. I have always seen triathlon as a part of my life, rather than the be all and end all, and am looking forward to a little more variety and balance by pursuing other interests, as well as spending more time with my family and friends.
I am really excited about what the future holds and being able to spend more time around the sport without the commitment of full time ironman training and racing”.
I wish you all the best in your future career , not many would have done what you did in Ironman 2008. You set my mind that nothing is impossible when you had the flat on the 90km mark and was asking for help, you came back and still win the race against all the other pro’s not that is “DETERMINATION” and “FOCUS”
Ok I have HAVE HAVE TO ADDanother picture of Chrissy cause she looks FREAKING AWESOME IN the BLACK TYR race suit !! DAMM !! WISH Chrissy will sign that particular POSTER for me, I would definitely frame it up ! *but it will never happened so gotta dream*
DETERMINATION AND FOCUS