How Milind Soman Conquered Ironman

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    • Publish Date: May 29 2016 6:31PM
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    • Updated Date: Jun 3 2016 6:51PM
How Milind Soman Conquered Ironman

"Your mind has to be disciplined enough to not lose focus, not lose sight of where you want to be every day because every single day is important." Milind Soman

Milind Soman completed his first Ironman Triathlon at the age of 50. Obviously, the entire country was agog about his obsession with fitness, barefoot running and how he is still the epitome of manliness. However, at the Pinkathon presser, a run for breast cancer awareness, when we caught him asking for a plate of chole-bhature and butter chicken, we didn’t know whom to trust — reports about his healthy food choices or ‘what met the eye’. Yes, he owed us a lot of explanation.

3.8 km swim + 180 km bicycle ride  + 42 km run is not the challenge 

The challenge is a mental one, during the training. To be able to train for 80 days without a break is challenging because your mind gets bored very, very quickly. Your mind has to be disciplined enough to not lose focus, not lose sight of where you want to be every day because every single day is important. It doesn’t stop at, ‘Oh, I don’t know how I missed 10 days.’ Be in the moment, finish your workout, see how you feel, and then move to the next day. If you keep thinking that I have to do this the next day, and the next day and the next day, that’s unacceptable.”

What if your body was a car? 

“If you keep your car in good condition it will go at 60 miles an hour and you will use it forever. Then why can’t you treat your body like a car? If you treat it well, it won’t fall sick!” 

Why Pinkathon 

“10,000 women running, dancing, laughing and celebrating their lives because they want to be fit. It’s a fantastic sight even for those who are not participating. As a daughter, you should just grab your mother and get her to go with you.”

Why I run barefoot 

“Kids run barefoot, it improves their immune system. Now there are so many ‘scams’ about using sanitiser and washing your hands 20,000 times a day when the fact is there are more germs on the average door handle than the toilet seat. Your immune system is more important than cleanliness.”

 

Don’t wait for ‘advice’

“I never give advice to anyone. I just let them do what they want to because I believe that if you are genuinely looking for some advice, you will find it. Most people don’t care about their health, not just in India, even in the US where 60 per cent suffer from obesity. Still, 30 million Americans run regularly and so do about 1,50,000 Indians. Nobody had to advise them to hit the track, they felt the need and did it.”

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