The Sikh Triathlete- inherent disadvantages of being a Sikh

The reason I tie these two words together is, because I carry my Sikh identity everywhere I go, it is to let the world know that Sikhs are in every sphere of the life. Yes, there is still a large population out there who are ignorant about Sikhs, and that is why I proudly prefix ‘Sikh’ to whatever I do.

I am proud of my heritage and have never ever thought that Sikhi has held me back from anything. If there is anything holding me back then it is the discipline and structure in my daily life.

I write this post to clear any air about Sikhi being inherently disadvantageous to me in the sport of triathlon. For over a year there is a documentary titled ‘The Odd Couple- A story of two Triathletes’ going around in various movie festivals and seminars. I would like to point it out that the movie depicts a journey of a Sikh guy who loves to be active outdoors, but the movie is falsely advertising that Sikhi is challenging to follow while being in the sport of triathlon or Sikhi is inherently disadvantageous to the guy shown in the movie, and that guy being me.

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‘Tri’ing’ with a new born in the family

First of all, it’s been really long that I wrote anything.Part being lazy and part being busy.

There has been an addition to my family. Blessed with a sweet angel 10 days back, and since then my wife and I are having very special moments with our cute girl. One of those moments being that I am right now lying on the kids mat and writing this blog post.
Triathlon in the makingWith any life changing event, comes the struggle or rather the challenge of continuing to lead an endurance athlete’s life. The challenge is even more if you have three sports to balance and a full time job (you definitely need this with your growing family). Continue reading

Core Strengthening – blog post 2

Continuing with the series of exercises I am doing for strengthening my core muscles, I am showing below two exercises to strengthen the quads, hammies and glutes.

Done right, you are going to engage your glutes and hamstrings.

I am not a pro doing these exercises. Rather I am learning these from my social circle and chiropractor. Most of the runners, triathletes out there already know these exercises. Jotting them down in a blog post, and creating videos will only help to revise them, or switch your core strengthening exercises a bit. Challenges are always good :).  Continue reading

Strength and Stability, an integral part of any athletes training

Our earth is able to hold us up, inspite of ever increasing population, because of a strong core :).

So learning from nature, remember that your core is the integral part of you as a runner or a cyclist, or a swimmer. A strong core and muscle stability is what differentiated Mark Allen and Dave Scott from the rest of the field. Strength in your glutes and lower back is what will avoid you from faltering in the last miles of your marathon leg.

Having been there, done my share of mistakes. And now recovering from them, I thought of sharing and blogging the important strength training routine. Continue reading

Crossfitting for Half-Marathon

I ran 13.1 miles today, on the trails, with an elevation gain of 2190 fts. I had not run a single time past 6 weeks or more. Suffering from a calf muscle injury, I was only on bike, swimming, and cross-fitting (avoiding the run workouts). I spent time working on my glutes, core, squats and used to row more. Workouts dealing in squats are the best overall workout for your body. Continue reading