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Chrissie Wellington is, by any measure, an amazing woman said Lena Corner in The Observer recently. A few years ago Chrissie was a civil servant from Norfolk who had never excelled athletically. Now she is a champion of ironman, a hardcore endurance event that is made up of a 3.8km swim, then a 180km bike ride plus a full marathon. Remarkably, Wellington only discovered her capabilities in her early 20s when she decided to lose weight by training for the London marathon. She crossed the line in a great time of just over 3 hours. 10 years later she is now regarded as the greatest female endurance athlete in the world. Her secret is her drive and penchant for self destruction; in training she says “I go beyond what I think is possible. I punish myself and really learn to suffer. That gives me the confidence to know that when I’m racing and it hurts I can overcome it”. It also helps that she is totally OK with looking a mess. She thinks nothing of urinating in the saddle and often meets her boyfriend after a training session with white dried drool on her face. “if you’ve got the time to wipe dribble from your face than you are not working hard enough” she says. There are mental tricks too: she recites pop songs in her head during races, and also verses from Rudyard Kipling’s “If”, a copy of which she carries with her. “Because when you are 30km into the marathon, it’s not your body that’s carrying you, it’s your mind”.
Everyone ordinary can thus achieve the extraordinary, within the context of your own personal goals, whether it’s completing a 10k, swimming 10 lengths without stopping or dropping a dress size.
Go for it!