On a statement on her website, she says:
Over the past 12 months I have had time to reflect and think about my life journey thus far and also of my future. Being a professional ironman athlete has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined, and been so fortunate to travel to some beautiful places, compete against the best athletes in the world, and forge many lasting friendships. Those life-changing experiences and memories will stay with me forever.
My passion for the amazing sport of triathlon hasn’t waned, but my passion for new experiences and new challenges is what is now burning the most brightly.
Of course the decision to retire from professional ironman racing has not come easy – no important decisions ever are – but deep in my heart I know it is the right thing for me. My future will, of course, involve sport and triathlon – but it will no longer be the axis around which my entire life revolves.
This is not the end, simply the beginning of something new. The world is our oyster. Opening it takes time, but there is a pearl inside for all of us.
Chrissie won her debut event in Hawaii in 2007, just 10 months after turning professional. Chrissie set the women’s Ironman course record (8:54:02) in 2009, as well as the fastest women’s time at Challenge Roth (08:18:13)