You all must have heard about Milind Soman, completing the Ironman Triathlon at the age of 50. In all the exuberant celebrations, did we miss out on celebrating success of other Indians who completed the triathlon? One such die hard Ironman who completed the Ironman triathlon, not just once but a whopping 13 times is Dr. Kaustubh Radkar.
Today, we bring before you the saga of this real Indian hero – Dr. Kaustubh Radkar.
Kaustubh comes from a humble family from Pune with his father being a lawyer and mother a trained violinist with a doctorate in music. Kaustubh and his elder sister have been swimming since a young age with many accolades and medals to their name at various national competitions. Kaustubh started swimming at a mere age of 7 in a country where sports infrastructure is still a massive challenge. Kaustubh’s success today as a swimmer is not just because of his focus on his training but more so because of his sheer hard work!
Now you might think, that Kaustubh ventured into the field of sports and hence his academics might have taken a back seat. But Kaustubh’s academic accolades tell a completely different story. Kaustubh completed his bachelors in Exercise Physiology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and later went on to complete his masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. That did not stop him from his quest for learning, Kaustubh today holds an MBA in Healthcare – Medical Facilities Management from The Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School. He also got a Ph.D In Healthcare Administration, hence the title Dr. Kaustubh Radkar. Now isn’t that academic record too impressive?
The Ironman Triathlon is organized by the World Triathlon Corporation is a test of stamina, skill and most of all endurance. It consists of 3.86-km swim, 180.25-km bicycle ride and a 42.2-km marathon in that order which has to be completed within 17 hours. This, no wonder is the toughest one-day sporting events in the world.
Kaustubh has finished the extremely tough Ironman race 13 times till date across different countries of USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, South Africa and South America. And all this at an age of 32, when most of us are battling with our midlife crisis. This year in July when he earned his 13th title in Zurich, he completed the race in 12 hours and 32 seconds. The story doesn’t end here, all other 4 contestants led by Ironman coach Kaustubh also completed the triathlon within the 16 hours time limit. A second batch of 4 athletes are going for Ironman Malaysia in November 2015.
So here is a man, who has risen in a field which is so abstruse in a country like India and yet he is standing firm with his head held high helping and training others for the triathlon and other marathons with his entrepreneurial venture RadStrong Coaching. A man who is doing his best to translate dreams into reality for so many upcoming athletes !
‘Respect’ is what we have for this man and we wish him all the very best for his future sporty endeavors!