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Anu Vaidyanathan

The triathlete, on her book Anywhere But Home, and the sport she lives with.

Anu Vaidyanathan
Anu Vaidyanathan
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2016-09-02T22:15:49+0530

How did writing happen alongside the sport?

One cannot be expecting to earn an income from long-course triathlon. Triathletes manage their sport alongside a job. Similarly, I am presently distracted by writing, adding one more job to the list.

Any difficulties?

It was intense, difficult and very time consuming, nothing like I had anticipated.

Has it been difficult managing finances to keep training?

I say clearly in the book that the sport fit my life and salary, not the other way around. If I needed an extra job, I often took it for a small period.

You’ve said survival wasn’t a challenge if born in luxury.

Being middle class in India comes with certain things one could take for granted. I didn’t push myself in choosing sport; I love it enough to want to participate all my life. But I chose a simpler life.

You do not believe in closures in relationships.

I believe positive relationships stay with us all our lives.

How difficult is it to come back to the track after pregnancy?

It took about a year-and-a-half to overcome the injuries I sustained, trying to rush back into sport and then another four-five months to see my baseline fitness come back.

A favourite spot in Bangalore for you that does not exist anymore?

Too many to list!

Which is the best place you have trained at?

The 40+ km stretch between Swamimalai and Tanjavur.

Any role-models or a person you draw inspiration from?

At this very moment, it would have to be Popeye.

Any competitions you’re taking part in?

At present, I am getting back into a regular schedule.

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