Disclaimer – This is meant to be a congratulatory note as well. I’m just wondering aloud about how so much misinformation is floating around. When Scoopwhoop and Firstpost can get it right, why not others?
I have utmost respect for Milind Soman for not only preparing and completing Ironman triathlon in the first attempt but for being such an evolved human being. A super model in his younger days to using his celebrity status positively to get women to start taking their health seriously. And coming up with a beautiful (and much needed) concept of Pinkathon where thousands of women proudly walk/run their first 5 and 10 kms. Yesterday, when an acquaintance walked up to me and said this year I definitely want to run 10km in Pinkathon and needs my help in training, I was like “wow, this is it”.
But then I heard a popular RJ on 98.3 FM say “Milind Soman world ka sabsey tough Ironman race jeet ke aaye hai” and Indian Express headline read “At 50, model-actor Milind Soman wins Ironman title in ‘‘toughest’ triathlon in Zurich”, I was beyond amazed. Now, most of us in running/cycling communities are aware that even attempting, being at the start line of a full Ironman, irrespective of your age, in itself is a huge achievement. It involves 3.8 km of ocean swim, 180km of biking and then running 42.2 km back to back within a stipulated cut off time. No wonder it’s called “Ironman”, even though a lot of women also participate and complete it (that’s a debate I will keep for later).
But what about the rest who have no clue about how marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons function, which is also the majority of community listening to the radio and reading the paper. Completing it is one thing, winning such a title is a different game altogether. Elite athletes win these titles after putting in years and years of hard work. And then there are a lot of other Indians who participate and complete such events internationally. Case in point, there were 4 more Indians who did complete along with Milind Soman in the Zurich triathlon, one of them finishing his 12th such event.
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not taking away anything from MS’s achievement. I hold him in very high regard. I think he’s one of the coolest celebrities that there is and still gush like a little girl when I get clicked with him.
It’s just that I have a tendency to believe when the “facts” are stated on better radio channels and newspapers. This is something I was aware of so I didn’t have to research to get my facts right. But what about all that I don’t know about. Is everything on media done to generate traction? What part of information I’m consuming is true and what is not?