Chrissie Wellington decides to "take a break" from Ironman racing & training in 2012
Posted Jan 16 2012 9:40am
In a blog post today, Chrissie Wellington has announced that she is taking a break from Ironman racing this year to, "to spend more time focusing on other pursuits including dedicating more time to my chosen charities, the publication of my book and more active promotion of the sport in the UK, as well as giving myself the chance to explore and seize new opportunities within triathlon and outside.
I feel that I wouldn’t be able to pursue all of these different goals whilst simultaneously dedicating the energy and time needed to compete in Ironman events and treat them with the respect and complete dedication they deserve."
Earlier today Chrissie tweeted, "not walking away, merely taking a detour!" and "Its not the end. I just want my life to be as rich, varied & full as possible - open to new opportunities, adventures & challenges :)"
On her blog the current and undefeated Ironman World Champion writes:
"The past five years have been absolutely incredible and I am extremely happy, proud and content with everything that I have achieved in the sport – topping it all off with the race of my life in Kona last year. I have always seen triathlon as a part of my life, rather than the be all and end all, and am looking forward to a little more variety and balance by pursuing other interests, as well as spending more time with my family and friends.
I am really excited about what the future holds and being able to spend more time around the sport without the commitment of full time Ironman training and racing”.
Check out the video below that features some of Chrissie's 13 victories in 13 races.