Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Chrissie Wellington retires - Slowtwitch.com

Chrissie Wellington retires - Slowtwitch.com
Today is a sad day, Chrissie Wellington retires. It would have been nice to see her come out this year and win another, she went out in amazing fashion. I guess when they finish strong and never look back, she has. 

The woman who shocked the triathlon world with her victory as a rookie at Kona in 2007 and subsequently bestrode the world of Ironman racing like a colossus announced her retirement at age 35 from professional Ironman racing today. 

Four-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington, who shattered all women’s Ironman-distance records in a late-blooming, meteoric five year career and who remained undefeated in 13 races at the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run distance, wrote in her blog that she would cease her stellar career as a long distance triathlete. 

After taking a one-year sabbatical from the sport to promote her book “A Life Without Limits” and do charity work and public speaking, Wellington explained how she came to her decision in a statement:

“Over the past 12 months I have had time to reflect and think, about my past and, of course, also of my future.