Chrissie Wellington :: A New Beginning

If you haven’t read Chrissie’s blog entry today, you must. I have been waiting for her to announce that she will start racing Ironmans again so we can all can enjoy watching her compete. Today she announced that she is retiring from professional Ironman distance racing. A few of my friends emailed me asking me if I was devastated with the news. I am actually quite happy with her decision.

I realized as soon as I read her blog entry I have been selfish. Chrissie has achieved more than any triathlete could ever imagine. She is 13-0 in Ironman competitions including 4 world championships. She is going out on top. Here is an excerpt of her blog…

“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.”

And here is another excerpt from her interview with Kevin Mackinnon (posted on Ironman.com):

“What might be possible is perhaps guiding a blind, or otherwise physically challenged, athlete through an IRONMAN. You have to respect the distance, though … I think that would require some very specific training. It’s not something I would plan on doing just to complete it. But there are so many other physical challenges that light a fire in my belly. That’s what it’s all about for me, the physical challenge.”

Her Ironman journey is chronicled in her book; and her passion for the sport comes through. I still hope to see her racing, even if it non-professional and casual. In my short conversations with her, I have experienced Chrissie as humble, friendly, funny, intense, dedicated, and of course full of smiles. I will always be her fan and will follow the next chapter in her life.

Pictured here is Chrissie talking to a small group of us just before our Cannondale-organized triathlon in Hawaii (October 2012).

Anyway, I went for a swim today at MMR only to find that there are no Masters swim sessions in December. I swam alone (ladder set) for about 50 minutes. Nothing special…

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