Have been working in the software industry for about 7 years. After 4 years of working in various companies, the balance between hobby of outdoor sports and daily office work felt disturbed and hence quit a comfortable well paying job and took up freelancing.
Took up a basic cycle from Firefox 4 yrs ago to commute to office. After about 1 and a half year of daily commute of about 15 kms, I bumped into another cyclist on the road. Cyclists were very race to be seen during office hours at that time. He introduced me to some cycling clubs in Bangalore. Soon I started joining different groups for long weekend rides of 100+kms.
In no time cycling became such a craze that I purchased another better cycle from Decathlon and organised a 9 days south India cycle tour with a group of 7 guys and 3 girls.
I organised a Manali – Leh cycling tour and since then every year I have spent upto a month in Himalayas cycling. Bought another imported cycle which falls in a costly racing segment which I had started using for many solo self-supported long rides of 400+kms all alone.
Then to push the limits further, I signed up for an event called IRONMAN in France which happened on June 2011 consisting of 3.8km swim followed by 180 km cycling and a full marathon of 42.195kms to be completed in a strict cut-off time limit of 16 hrs. With a training of just 15 days, I completed the challenge. After that wonderful experience, cheering crowd and supportive volunteers, participating in Ironman and triathlons has become such a craze that I currently spend about 6hrs a day in cycling, running and swim training and will be participating in another Ironman in Zurich, Switzerland this year.
The Driving Force
The fun, freedom and independence from sitting inside a boxed motor vehicle is bliss. The fun of cycling through the beautiful roads in France, the majestic Himalayas, the wonderful western ghats, climbing to Ooty with people cheering up at every turn is unmatched compared to a motorized tour and travel. For city commute, cycling zipps through traffic faster than most other forms of commute. And its GREEN! I am happy to reduce my carbon footprint to the best I can.
Daily training schedule
Cycle on alternate days about 80-120 kms excluding the 10-20kms of city commute during the rest of the day.
Running on alternate days for about 30 minutes to 2 hrs.
Swimming about 2 hrs on alternate days.
The major challenge
Making my family and general public understand that I cycle not cos I don’t have money to buy a motor bike or a car, but because I love to cycle and enjoy the freedom as it keeps me fit and active! Cycling has been such a craze that I did not even think about buying a motor vehicle for myself since cycling is lot faster in city traffic conditions and a wonderful companion for touring as well.
a. 1 month of cycling through the Himalayas Leh-Nubra-PangongTso-Manali-Spiti-Shimla for a 3rd consecutive year
b. Cycling and camping through the Alps in France all alone and self supported.
c. Participation in Tour of Nilgiris in December 2012 which was a total surprise gift to me from a fellow cyclist.
This year I will be cycling in Switzerland after the Zurich Ironman in July.
Life with CTC
Got to know about CTC in 2011 and since then have been to multiple treks with them. Something about CTC inspires me a lot to venture into the unknown which I am normally scared to do alone. Wish we had a Bangalore version of CTC having a clone of Peter, Durai and others based here 🙂