I AM...

Chrissie Wellington

I AM...

Chrissie Wellington

Inside the world of four-time World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington

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Inside the world of four-time World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington

  • I am going… to the USA next month, to the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. I love the island and it’s the site of some of my proudest sporting moments. It will be great to go back and experience the race and the island from a different perspective, with my family by my side.

  • I am loving… my body. Having suffered from eating disorders and body-image issues, it’s taken me a long time to love the image that stares back in the mirror, and appreciate the fact that my body has taken me to great heights and enabled me to achieve more than I could have ever imagined.

  • I am reading… The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett for the third time. It’s the most amazing, colourful, engaging book, although it’s a bit of a brick to carry around! I was given a dog-eared copy by my best friend, mountaineer and journalist Billi Bierling, when we were living in Nepal, and that copy is now even more dog-eared and still much loved.

  • I am watching… my daughter grow up with wonder and amazement. As someone who spent her life travelling and having adventures, I didn’t know if I would ever settle down and have a family, but getting married and having our daughter has brought a new, different and wonderful dimension to that life and watching her change, learn and grow is such a gift.

  • I am eating… as many avocados as I can. I adore them! Mashed on toast with a few poached eggs, mixed with cacao powder and honey, sliced on a huge salad, added to a stir-fry, blended with a banana and ice in a smoothie. Nutritious and totally delicious!

  • I am wearing… Brooks running clothes. Even though I’m no longer a professional athlete, I still run every day and enjoy doing a range of different events, anything from 5K park runs to ultra marathons. I love the freedom of running, the opportunity to be in nature, hear my breath, see new places and push my body to the limit.

  • I am using… a bike to get around in Bristol. It’s the first bike I ever bought when I started triathlon, back in 2004. It’s black and yellow, looks like a bumblebee and is far too big for me, but I love it. It’s a piece of my history and I love that it still takes me places after all these years.  

  • I am trying… to not get sad at the thought of the clocks going back and British Summer Time coming to an end. I love the light evenings and thrive on sunshine, so always find it hard when it's dark and cold!

  • I am excited… about the publication of my new book, To The Finish Line, which will hopefully inspire thousands of people to reach their goals in sport and in life. Creating it was a lot of hard work, but when I see people with the finished product in their hands and a smile on their faces, I know all the hard work has been worth it!

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