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Aarathi Swaminathan: How to get into triathlon and Ironman in India
Episode 9125th August 2021 • Inside Tri Show • Helen Murray
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We return to India this week, to speak to coach and athlete Aarathi Swaminathan from Chennai. Aarathi talks about growing up in India, when she enjoyed swimming and running. However, work took over as she hit her early twenties and sport went on the back burner. And then, like so many of us she discovered triathlon and it changed her life. She is now passionate about encouraging more Indian women to take up the sport and has tips for anyone looking to start.

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11:45 We talk about career vs sport and why Aarthi had to put her love for sport on the back burner

14:15 The turning point for Aarthi, when she asked herself 'do I have 30 minutes of me time every day?'

18:25 Aarthi talks about being in tears at the finish line of her first triathlon

21:15 The primary reason that few women in India are into triathlon is due to exposure and the fact the family always comes first. Safety has also been an issue, but things are improving and there are more groups going out riding together.

34:15 We talk about how triathlon has changed her life and her first ever Ironman branded race in India

41:00 Why endurance sports brands should start getting into the Indian market

48:15 Why kids in India haven't known about triathlon, but how exposure is growing

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