A 3.8km Swim, a 42.2km run and 180 km of cycling – all in under 17 hours makes Rishabh Jain the first Iron Man of Udaipur.
Rishabh returned victorious from the Iron Man competition from Malaysia, where he participated as a part of the Indian contingent.
Iron Man Malaysia, an immense test of the human physique as well as mental strength was held on 17 November at Langkawi, Malaysia.
Rishabh has been a gym instructor for nearly a decade and has been in the process of developing himself for this competition over the last couple of years. A couple of months back, on the occasion of National Sports Day, Rishabh was called to felicitate student athletes, and it was there that he disclosed his plans to participate in the Iron Man at Malaysia this month.
Rishabh, being a gym instructor and fitness freak, managed to prepare himself for the competition in less than 6 months, whereas it takes an average of 12-18 months of training to prepare oneself for this event.
Speaking of the hurdles that came along the way, Rishabh brushes them aside, saying “the motivation to compete and complete was good enough” – harsh waves in the sea while swimming all of those 4 kms, tremendous pain in the leg while cycling and of course, while running. were all set aside as Rishabh (Bib 521) completed the 226km endeavor in 14hrs and 29 minutes, ranking 537 of the 978 participants.
A rigorous training schedule for Rishabh for under six months, under strict discipline of workout routines coupled with diet, ensured that he competes in the race. Rishabh completed the world’s most strenuous triathlon with flying colors.
Rishabh agrees that the night before the event, all participants were nervous – inspite of having trained rigorously well aware of their body capabilities. More than physical capabilities, it was mental balance that ensured that the competitors come out with flying colors.