Model-turned-athelete, Milind Soman, who just completed one of the world's toughest triathlon 'Ironman', thanks his mother for inspiring him to take up sports seriously who does so herself.
The marathon runner tells Midday, "I give credit to my mom for inspiring and encouraging me to take sports seriously. She was a professor of biochemistry and at the age of 60 when she retired she started trekking. Today, she is 76 and participates in a 100 kilometre trek. She does that every year and has inspired my sisters to join her. They all are above 50."
The star is surrounded by doctors and professors in his family who had advised him as a child to forget about sports and focus on his education. However, his mom thought otherwise and always supported his participation in the athletic field. "The kind of encouragement I had as a child to continue sports was brilliant. Like any other family, my people asked me to stress more on studies rather than swimming. But my mother said 'He enjoys it and should balance both studies and sports'. Those 13 years of my life played such an important role in shaping my life and mind," he added.
What's more interesting yet is that Milind apparently never visited a gym to stay fit! As the former ramp star geared up for his 50th birthday he wanted to do something special to mark his day and that is when he got the idea to participate in the Ironman triathlon.
On a last note, he speaks about the all women marathon he wishes to use as a platform to raise awareness for Breast Cancer known as the Pinkathon."I want women to inspire their family. Women don't take care of themselves. They don't discuss about their health issues with anyone. We wanted to create a platform where women can come even in a saree or salwar kameez and run for their health without any inhibitions."