Chrissie Wellington. Photo: Triitalian/Flickr
Triathlete Chrissie Wellington announced on her blog yesterday that she is retiring from Ironman triathlons. Wellington won the Ironman World Championship in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. The 35-year-old Brit, who had never been beaten in an iron distance event, is regarded as one of the sport's all-time greats. She set the record for the fastest womens Ironman time at the Challenge Roth in Germany in 2011. She said that her last victory at the World Championship in 2011 was her perfect race.
As I crossed the line I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. The searching for ‘sporting success’ had ended. I was content. I didn’t need faster times, more ironman victories, more accolades to be assured that I had been the best athlete I could possibly be. That’s not to say I don’t think its possible to go faster or maybe even win more titles. But if I am honest, I am not sure that such measures of success truly matter to me.