Often when professional athletes are contemplating the perfect time to end his or her career, the thought of “going out on a high note,” comes into play. In other words, bowing out gracefully after a huge win, a championship or a massive personal accomplishment becomes the ultimate time to hang up the boots. Many are fortunate enough to experience this perfect storm, even more are not. Four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington had no choice. Whenever she chose to call it a career, she was going out a champion. The British triathlon legend had never lost a race in her professional career. Enduring the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile marathon run, thirteen times, Wellington remained undefeated during her professional career from 2007 until about a week ago. Wellington officially announced her retirement, citing that she had “achieved more than I could have ever imagined.”
Beach Bods: Celebrities Train and Sweat at ‘Learn to Ride’ Miami, Muscle Milk and Subaru Power Sessions
Chrissie Wellington is more than used to the extreme pain associated with the infamous Ironman race in Kona. In other words, she makes pretty much everyone else look like a whimp. So it was literally a walk in the park when Oakley’s four-time World Champion instructed celebrities in some physical activities at the brand’s latest ‘Learn to Ride’ event at South Beach in Miami late July. Joining O pro surfer Erica Hosseini, SUPcore (Stand Up Paddleboard fitness program) creator Noelle Kozak, O Wakeboarder Amber Wing and elite trainers like Paul Hinicker (trains Olympian Gretchen Bleiler), the British Triathlon legend partook in two days of exclusive fitness instruction for multiple celebrity guests. From Dancing With the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff, CoverGirl and Entourage star Dania Ramirez to Real Housewives of Miami stars Marysol Patton/Christina Rice, some of showbiz’s gals suited up in Oakley’s high tech performance apparel – putting their fresh threads to the test in some gruelingly f...
Fourth’s the Sweetest: Chrissie Wellington Claims Glorious Ironman World Championship Title in Kona From Behind
It was all but over at the Ironman World Championship in Kona for Chrissie Wellington. Oakley’s elite team Triathlete exited the water close to 10 minutes behind then-leader and fellow O team standout Julie Dibens. But every media personality, industry insider and die-hard fan had a common thought in the back of their minds. When Chrissie is on the course, don’t ever count her out. And they were right. Big time. Displaying just why she’s considered one of the premiere endurance athletes, Chrissy charged hard on the bike and blazed on the run to edge out defending Champion and fellow O athlete Mirinda Carfrae by less than three minutes, finishing in 8:55:08 for her fourth coveted Ironman World Championship Title.