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Anu Vaidyanathan

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

Anu Vaidyanathan
Anu Vaidyanathan

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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