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Deepak Raj: non-runner to Kona finisher

Inside Tri Show

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Episode   ·  9 Plays  ·  1:06:32  ·  Aug 18, 2021

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In some countries, triathlon and endurance sports are part of the national psyche. In many others around the world, they're really not. Whether it's due to a lack of infrastructure, facilities, culture, money or races, for some, there just aren't as many opportunities to take part in swim, bike run. Our guest this week is Indian athlete Deepak Raj who's also a coach and the brains behind the Yoska training community. It's a really emotional interview with Deepak who explains how triathlon has completely changed his life. He has gone from a total non-runner to a Kona finisher. He also talks about the pivotal role he has had in developing the sport in India: You'll hear: 15:52 Deepak talks about his first ever event being a 38km skating event, which he took part in when he was posted to Germany with his work. 18:00 Deepak talks about the first time he started to run. I ran 2-3 minutes and that's all I could run. I was huffing and puffing and I walked home, thinking oh my god, here I am and I can't run. 23:12 Deepak says lining up at the Berlin marathon for the first time was really scary and I was scared because I wasn't sure about pushing my limits. 28:15 I hadn't even heard of triathlon. The first time I really heard of it was when I was living in Germany. 31:45 The mindset about getting through the swim when you're not a very confident swimmer. "I signed up for a skating marathon, without being able to skate" 37:40 Talks about making the swim cut off by just over a minute at his first Ironman and his wife getting stressed about if he would make it 38:24 Why are people taking up triathlon in India 41:12 Talks about the uptake of triathlon and while a race might only be 10% female, the number of women doing the sport as a lifestyle is a lot higher. 42:38 Some of the barriers that stop people from doing triathlon 46:30 The work Deepak put in to try to bring Ironman to India 51:08 Deepak get very emotional when he describes what it meant to him to bring Ironman to India 54:30 There are so many people involved in the sport has taken off and the whole cultural shift of getting people fit and healthy is really happening and we need that in India. But because the foundations are not there, people have to start to learn to swim at the age of 25. 1:00:18 What's your dream for triathlon in India? India should be one of the top countries in Ironman's portfolio and that will result in more people in the sport, a healthier lifestyle and things like that. 1:01:48 Deepak's digital training platform, https://www.yoska.in/triathlonacademy/ (yoska) Find out more about this week's guests Deepak Raj https://www.instagram.com/coachdeepakraj/?hl=en (Instagram) Like what you heard? Let me know! Connect with Inside Tri Show across Social Media, just search Inside Tri Show or click on the icons below https://www.patreon.com/insidetrishow (GET YOUR HANDS ON AN EXCLUSIVE EPISODE!) Sign up to be a vino buddy or a training buddy on Patreon and get your hands on the latest patrons-only exclusive episode, taking you behind the scenes of our Lands End-John O'Groats cycling adventure. You can still support me and support the show by clicking https://www.patreon.com/insidetrishow (here) to buy me a coffee every so often by https://www.patreon.com/insidetrishow (becoming a Patron of the Inside Tri Show). Sponsors of the show https://resilientnutrition.com/discount/insidetri10 (Long Range Fuel) are phenomenally tasty nut butters from Resilient Nutrition, enhanced by cutting edge science, to boost your stamina, keep you calm and alert and bolster your resilience. Get 10% off by using the code insidetri10 or go direct https://resilientnutrition.com/discount/insidetri10 (via this link). Supporters of the show https://www.33fuel.com/ (33 Fuel) – natural and very yummy sports nutrition. Use the code INSIDETRI33 for a discount at checkout... Support this podcast

1h 6m 32s  ·  Aug 18, 2021

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