Chrissie is an Amazing Ambassador to Triathlon

Some of you may have read my post about my best triathlon experiences for 2013 and noticed that Chrissie Wellington is the athlete who has inspired me the most.  I have had the AWESOME experience of meeting Chrissie twice in my life (so far)…I received my finisher’s medal from her at IRONMAN Kansas 70.3 in 2010 (my first every 70.3 distance race) and at USA Triathlon Olympic-distance Age Group National Championships in 2013.  She is an amazing ambassador for the sport of triathlon!!  What makes her a good ambassador????

  1. She is trustworthy, honest, follows the rules and is loyal to the sport of triathlon.
  2. She has respect for the sport of triathlon, her fellow professional athletes and the age group athletes that follow in her footsteps.
  3. She has ambition and drive to do and be her absolute best…full of self-control and self-discipline.  She is accountable for her words, actions and attitude.
  4. She is open-minded and not afraid to take advice from others around her…always willing to learn and trying to grow as an athlete.
  5. She is compassionate and shows extreme gratitude…I experienced this first hand after IRONMAN Kansas 70.3 in 2010.  I was waiting for a massage in the massage tent after the race.  When it was my turn for a massage, Chrissie walked into the massage tent inquiring to the massage therapist about when she should come back to get a massage.  She did NOT want to cut into the line of age group athletes that had been sitting and waiting in line.  I gave her my spot in the massage line and she was UNBELIEVABLY grateful…and for the record, everyone behind me in line still let me get my massage.  I was also very grateful!!

    Yep...That's me with CHRISSIE WELLINGTON after IRONMAN Kansas 70.3 in 2010!!  Only the BEST!!
    Chrissie and me in the massage tent after IRONMAN Kansas 70.3 in 2010!!
  6. She has a vision, both for sport and for making the world a better place.  She volunteers her time at races, supports charities she is passionate about and has a “pay it forward” demeanor about her.
  7. She sets goals and pushes her limits trying to achieve those goals…while training and racing.
  8. She lives life with a positive, “I CAN” attitude, even when faced with challenges…keeping a smile on her face and believing that she can overcome any obstacle in her path.
  9. She inspires many athletes just by being real.  She does not try to hide the struggles she has gone through or struggles she is currently going through.  She has shared her struggles with eating disorders, injuries, her coaches, other professional athletes, etc.
  10. After she crosses the finish line, she always returns to hand out medals to the age group athletes that follow in her footsteps…inspiring us, encouraging us and displaying her passion for triathlon.
Getting my medal and a hug from Chrissie Wellington at the finish line of USA Triathlon Olympic-distance Age Group National Championships.
Getting my medal and a hug from Chrissie Wellington at the finish line of USA Triathlon Olympic-distance Age Group National Championships in 2013.

In my opinion, Chrissie is an amazing ambassador for the sport of triathlon.  What characteristics do you appreciate and look for in an ambassador?

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Week #13 (Recovery Week) Totals:

Swim:  4200 yards

Bike:  50.5 miles

Run:  21.9 miles

Strength Training:  2 hours

Hot Yoga:  1 hour

Week #13 in the green 😉

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March Totals:

Swim:  11.42 miles

Bike:  198.6 miles

Run:  86.62 miles

Brick: 141.15 miles (biking and running together)

Strength Training:  10 hours & 45 minutes

Hot Yoga:  8 hours

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8 thoughts on “Chrissie is an Amazing Ambassador to Triathlon

  1. I have a huge girl crush on Chrissie. During my first Ironman (Arizona in 2010), she won and set the world record at that time. Apparently she started handing out medals minutes after I crossed!
    Once I read her book I had an even deeper appreciation for her. I love that her life isn’t just about racing, it’s about making a huge difference in the world.

  2. Great write-up of Chrissie! You really expressed all her great attributes! I read her book a couple of years ago and I finally got to meet her while I was in Kona this past October as a spectator for the IM World Championships. I traveled with my book in hopes that I would have the opportunity to meet her and have her sign it. I was so excited!

    You have some solid training totals. Good for you!! I have to bet though, that you had more than 42 yards of swimming, even though it is a recovery week:) I am impressed that you are able to continually get in yoga! I have a hard time fitting in the time to stretch, so awesome job!!

    1. Thanks for catching my mistake Lee…I actually swam 4200 yards, but apparently my fingers and brain were at a disconnect 🙂

      I’m glad you got to meet Chrissie and get your book signed. She is such an amazing person!!

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