Aug 24, 2018
English professional Triathlete and four time Ironman Triathlon
World Champion in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 is here on the podcast
today. Chrissie Wellington won her age group at the 2017
London Marathon with a finishing time of 2:49:01 (her fastest
marathon though was part of an ironman Triathlon where she ran
Chrissie has written two books, “A Life Without Limits” (her
autobiography) and “To the Finish Line” (a training guide
Chrissie and I discuss the importance of listening to your body
when you are training as well as remembering to smell the roses and
see the scenery along the way. You need to remember to
embrace the environment you are training in an enjoy it along the
way. We talk about
the pressure of performance and reaping the reward of months of
investment of time and energy in trying to reach our goals.
She is a role model for others and an ambassador for the sport
of Triathlon. She has always had so many different passions and she
has used them all to assist others around the world. She is open and outspoken
about her struggles with eating disorders.
Chrissie Wellington was born in England and grew up in a small
town near London.
She swam competitively as a teenager and in her years at
has an undergraduate degree in Geography and an MA in International
Developmental Policy. She has worked in Public
Policy Development and worked in Nepal on Rural
During her time in Nepal she trained mountain biking in the
Himalayas. She now
lives in England with her husband and daughter.
What you will learn about:
- How Chrissie has had a passion for creating positive change, so
made her career focused on driving change, but wanted to do it at a
more ground roots level.
- Chrissie’s two week holiday cycling across the Himalayas from
Llasa to Kathmandu on rural dirt roads at altitude. The trip taught
her she had the capacity to endure things she didn’t realize she
could endure. It also taught her the importance of rawness in your
training. While you have to become focused in training and take
care of the details you have to remember the rawness of just being
active and just paying attention to perceived effort.
- We discuss managing the nerves before an event by focusing on
what you have done during your training vs what you might not have
done as well or what other people might have or have done. Take
yourself to a place where you can visualize success or sit and talk
with someone who supports you unconditionally. In the days before
the race, you can visualize what might go wrong and how you will
handle it to give yourself peace of mind to know you can handle it.
Because no race ever gone perfectly but you overcome.
- How she started training with a goal to qualify for the
Olympics as a swimmer. Her coach quickly directed her to Ironman
competitions instead, and she won her first attempt in Korea. She
then went on to win the World Championships right after.
- How she has used her success in sport to be able to drive her
passions to be a force for good in other efforts to drive
- How she knew she had the “perfect race” where she had to dig
the deepest and had to fight to succeed. It was not perfect from
the perspective of everything going right but rather answering for
her how hard she could fight and how much she could endure. And
having had that race, she knew she could retire knowing she had
given her all.
- Chrissie discusses her struggles with eating disorders and the
desire to control by restricting eating. After she started running
and researching nutrition, she found she was able to learn to fuel
more as it improved her performance. But then how she found that
once she retired, she felt the restrictions coming back because she
was not “earning” her food intake. Her desire to have a family and
now raise her daughter with a healthy relationship to food helped
her overcome the issues
- We learn about Chrissie’s role with ParkRun and her newest
book, To the Finish Line, which is a training oriented book.
Unless you challenge yourself, how do you know what you are
capable of? Unless you put yourself out of your comfort zone how
will you know what you can do and what you might be good
I make a decision and really think about how it makes me
feel, and if it makes me feel happy and excited, I know I have
Last week's episode with the Running for Real
Running for Real Superstars Community
Podcast episode with Parkrun founder, Paul Sinton
Chrissie on Twitter
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