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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

IRONMAN OF INDIA

In the world of achievers, only few would carve out a path for others.

Most of us dismiss at first sight this near impossible feat.  Some laggards even cast serious doubts of those who achieved it. But truth must be told unperturbedly.

Swimming, cycling and running individually are very energy intensive workouts.   Anybody could rarely think of achieving something with a mix of these three disciplines.      

Here is a 50-year-old Indian who meets all the above superlatives.   He is a model turned actor and one-time national level swimmer.  Milind Soman who took part in Ironman Triathlon in Zurich, Switzerland on 19 July this year and set a new benchmark of fitness in the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.

Ironman Triathlon is organized by the World Triathlon Corporation consisting of 3.86 km swim, 180.25 km bicycle ride and a marathon of 42.2 km run without any break.   Milind clocked this event in a record 15 hours and 19 minutes.

At near 6 feet, Milind is a very charming man in his younger years.  I could vividly remember Milind’s impressive appearance at   the Hindi pop number ‘Made in India’ sung by my favourite Alisha Chinai in 1990s.

When asked his reaction after winning this, Milind said I wanted to gift myself something special on my 50th year and I am glad I could do this,”

Inspiring personalities give fitting lessons to the world!

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