Anu Vaidyanathan is an incredible woman who has finished six Iron Man Triathlons — the first Indian woman to do so. For those of you who are closer to the slob end of the spectrum, like me, let’s just say the Iron Man is considered quite the exercise in endurance and athletic ability — it involves an arduous combination of cycling, running and swimming.
Anu Vaidyanathan is the first Asian, male or female, to have competed in Ultraman Canada triathlon having a 10km swim, 420km bike and an 84.4km run, placing 6th, being the youngest finisher that year
Vaidyanathan also juggles other identities — she is a motivational speaker, an entrepreneur, a mother…And now an author, with her debut work, the memoir Anywhere But Home, being launched this month.
In this interview to Amrita Tripathi for SheThePeople.TV, she speaks eloquently about her love for the sport, why she thinks #BalanceisBullshit (seriously, that’s her hashtag) as well as a pressure tactic to impose perfection on women. She also shares some of the more sexist comments she’s faced along her journey and why it’s important to “change the frame”, if not the entire conversation.