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Talk – 20 Jul 2013 – Ironman and Comrades, IMA Hall, Pune

ImageIt was a gathering of about 100, to listen to ironman – Nishit Biniwale and Comrades – Vivek Prasad (3 consecutive times), Kaustubh Keasrkar (2 Consecutive times), Dnyanesh Chitnis and Dr. Sandeep kate (1 Time). They shared their experiences starting with, getting to know running – getting motivated to do it (or go for it) – then their preparation and finally experience of what it was during the event.

As I understood them::

Before they attempted such a feat – They all were an average sports enthusiast and doing something or other to keep themselves fit nothing more!

They all had some or other turning point to look at these events as a challenge for them.

 The turning point was not offered to them but they all searched for it themselves             and found it (Do we need to keep our eyes / ears / and all senses open for such turning points – one never knows when the opportunity will present itself and am I  ready to take such challenges – why not!) or is it a fear of unknown that is holding me back every time.

All had a time frame of about One year plus to develop it as a passion.

All of them set themselves a Goal and went for it; and never ever allowed the   thought of giving up surface in their mind.

All of them had a belief in themselves that they can do it.

All worked with some or other amateurs while training without waiting for professional guidance (imagine if they get that, what they would turnout to be)

All had some or other break point during the event; where a thought struck their mind- why they were doing it despite that they went on doing it just because they had decided to do it.

Even after achieving such a feat, every one of them was humble and full of humility and humor.

All were eager to convey that we all or everyone else can also do it.

You all would agree, in such a short span of time how these guys gave us no. of lessons for a life. We have a saying in Commando Wing of the Infantry School “When the Going gets Tough; the Tough get Going!” which these guys proved it right.

We are really thankful to them and Pune Running for organizing such a talk for us and also to Rakesh Mehta for making the environment conducive for such interaction.

Happy Running! –Happy Swimming! – Happy Cycling!


Yes, I entirely agree with you,

Springs Forward

DSC_0120I was a lazy kid. Those who know me now will find this hard to believe, but I was capital L-A-Z-Y lazy. Yeah, I had dance and swimming classes once a week, but I mostly sat in my basement watching General Hospital. I was the kid with the doctor’s note to get out of gym class, and the kid who was picked last for volleyball. And, forget about organized sports; I “lettered” in Varsity Ripping Butts in My Car. As I’ve aged, my competitive nature has grown, and my activity level has skyrocketed. This has left me with an interesting quandary, I often have the drive, but not the skill. I’m not naturally built as an athlete, and I came to sports a good twenty years after my peers. So, it’s been an uphill battle. I had to learn how to throw a football and catch a frisbee, and to…

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Good read for all sportsmen and women and of course for everyone to follow in life!


Success & Sacrifice in Judo

By Mark Lonsdale, Judo Training Development 

In sports, as with most things in life, there are no great successes without sacrifice. You can sit on the couch and watch a fight on TV, or you can go to the dojo and train to be a fighter. You can wish you weighed less and were in better shape, or you can get on a training program and make that wish a reality. If your goal is to be a national or international judo champion, be prepared for years of hard training, long periods away from loved ones, sports injuries, and a constant struggle to come up with the finances to travel, train, and compete.

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Hi Friends,

Good read for Coaches!


The wisdom of Kyuzo Mifune, 10th Dan: “The mind, if slackened even a little, will cause defeat, the same as fearing the opponent will make you unable to use full strength.”

There are two schools of thought when it comes to mindset for combat. One is to go in with a plan and to prosecute your plan vigorously. This keeps the competitor focused and the opponent on the defensive. The other is the Mushashi concept of having a clear mind and taking the fight as it comes. Mushashi taught that if you focus on a single attack coming from one direction you may miss the attacks coming from several other directions. Therefore the clear mind was able to defend against all attacks.  With juniors and novices we encourage them to have a plan and go after it aggressively.

The image in this slide is Kaori Matsumoto (JPN) U57 Olympic Champion…

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Youth Football in England: Psychology

Hi Friends,

Put across beautifully,
Believe it is applicable to all sports and life; in what ever we do..
A must read for all.

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Pushing a footballer to perform on the pitch is considered to be a job for the manager or a coach but increasingly the mental and physiological side of the game is being examined to determine just how much of a player’s ability and power of performance is in the mind.

English domestic football is littered with defenders who hoof the ball clear at the first sign of pressure from an opposition striker or wingers who get the ball out wide, put their head down and run to the dead-ball line without once looking for a team-mate in space.

But is this rather basic style of play down to a lack of ability, or is it a question of a player’s self-belief, the belief that he can trust his touch in tight situations or he can play his way out of trouble.

A player’s mentality is so important that in the…

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How to Begin Using Basic Sport Psychology Techniques

Hi Friends,
Certainly useful for the athletes

Coaching Dilemma – Letting Athletes Grow – Part I

Good insight in to Coaches and Athletes!

The Running World According to Dean

High school athletes often become attached to their high school coaches. For those who don’t, moving on to college athletics is a relief. High school coaches often become attached to their athletes. And letting go is sometimes as tough as parents letting go and seeing their child go off to college.

The situation I have encountered both personally and anecdotally from other coaches is the high school athlete who moves on to the next level and enters a far higher competitive environment in which the coaching staff have little time, energy and (from all observations) interest in nurturing their athletes. Though this can occur at any level this tends to be more true at the NCAA Division I level but I have found it at D-II and NAIA schools as well. [*Note: I also know this can be true of an athlete with a club coach and school coach.]


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Ironman to take on Lake Tahoe

Hi Friends,

Here comes another Ironman,

Happy Swimming – Cycling – Running!

Sykose Extreme Sports News

LAKE TAHOE — With the success and popularity of Tough Mudder, Lake Tahoe is now playing host to another great endurace athletic event with the running of Ironman this fall.

This fall, Lake Tahoe is going to make Ironman participants prove their mettle. It’s the first time the triathlon event is coming to Kings Beach. And the terrain poses a new challenge to the runners, bikers, and swimmers. 57-year-old Robert Kronkhyte is an endurance athlete. His greatest passion is challenging his body.

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Sports Coaches: Mismatch in Demand and Supply; or is it something different!

Mix sportsTook a retirement from the Army and returned to settle down at home town” Pune” in Mar 2007. Went around the City known to be famous for its Education and Sports to find the Coach who taught me Boxing in 70’ and 80’s Late Mr. T J Naik, was still coaching and there were only 2 other Boxing Coaching Centers which were Operational.  Unfortunate but true for City like Pune which had grown many folds in all respect especially in population! And it appears that similar is the situation with other Sports disciplines.

That made me start a Boxing Club in Apr 2007. Since then came across Sportsmen and women from different Sports disciplines. Today the situation shows hardly any difference; probably following reasons come to mind:

a.            Coaches / Ex- Sportsmen do not find it economically viable to start such coaching centers.

b.            Trainers do not find places for training e.g. if I wish to start a Boxing Coaching centre at Baner today; no one ready to share his / her land / space in a given commercials.

c.            Probably Coaches / Trainers are not aware of any Govt support centers which they can make use of.

 When it comes to specialist training for a sportsman who has a caliber to be International; one finds hardly any serious trainers apart from what one finds at Army Sports Institute. Others may be operational (many not known) and if they are; at what cost, which probably an average middle class sportsman can’t afford or is it that these coaches have no visibility; can something be done?

Yesterday I was looking for a Coach who can train a guy, who holds record in 5000 mtrs run at Zonal Championships in Kuwait but found no serious such centers which are approachable or available where he can train himself.

Is it that we don’t have talent in coaching or is it our focus is somewhere else? Is it all commercial; may be yes because everything costs money..

Can any Education be complete without incorporating Sports when it comes to development of Children or Youth?

Are we in a Catch22 situation? There is talent, there are coaches but both go elsewhere (other than where they should be) ; Should we call it a mismatch or mismanaged!! I don’t know..

Do we need to have a look within and solve this Catch 22 or whatever situation we are in?

To begin with, we thought oc compiling data of coaches presently available in Pune or who were coaching but for some reasons left sports and working in other industries; if you happen to know some; may we request you to kindly share with us there present whereabouts; so that we can have directory of such valuable people in dveloping the society as a whole.

May I request your comments / suggestions / critics / anything that can get us out of this situation?

Happy Boxing

My Triathlon 14 Jul 2013: Thanks to Participants, Team Pune Running and COEM

ImageWe had a shortened version of Sprint Triathlon consisting 300 mtrs Swim – 10 Kms Cycling – and 5 kms Running on 14 Jul 2013. The objective was to give a feel of Triathlon to everyone and get realization of own potential so as to go ahead with some benchmark for ourselves.

This was the first time such an event was organized in Pune. The event went off so smoothly that when it was over; nobody realized we could ever host it this way. There was lot of curiosity, ambiguity and much more when we took up this as a project. Firstly we would like to thank Nikhil Shah and Pune Running for coming ahead, supporting us although the preparations till execution. Kaustubh Kesarkar, the Race Director (himself a Comrades Finisher twice) and Vishal kamath, Asst Director for the Race need a special mention for going through minutest of the details in organizing the Race.

We had 112 registrations and finally 90 participated in the event. The best time clocked was 59 mins by Ms. Chaitrali Pavanaskar and average time taken was 1 hr 15 mins. But timing was secondary for most as it was their first such attempt and dream of doing a Triathlon came true.

After the event many wanted to go in for it again with increased distances. We then felt to go in for 500 mtrs swim – 15 kms Cycling – 5 kms Running in Oct this year. We are sure in Oct 2013 we will have more participants going for it.

The un-sung contributors have been Students from College of Event and Media, Pune; who volunteered to provide support the Race without any expectations. Big thanks to them also.

The event also saw, Manoj Pingale, an Olympian in Boxing (Seoul 1988) felicitating Nishit Biniwale (Ironman Finisher at Auatria this year), and 3 Comrades Kaustubh Kesarkar, Vivek Prasad and Dnyanesh Chitnis.

Thanks to all participants and see you in Oct in great strength!

Happy Swimming – Cycling – Running!!

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