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. She backed this up with Ironman Canada, three weeks later, becoming the only athlete to do so in the history of the race. Triathlon is an arduous sport involving swimming, cycling and running. Anu specializes in the half- Ironman (1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21.2K run) and Ironman length (3.8K swim, 180K bike, 42.2K run) events, which are amongst the most difficult, single-day endurance events in the world. Having competed all over the world, Anu Vaidyanathan is also the only Indian triathlete to have qualified for the 70.3 Half-Ironman World Championship.
Triathlon is an arduous sport involving swimming, cycling and running. Anu specializes in the half- Ironman (1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21.2K run) and Ironman length (3.8K swim, 180K bike, 42.2K run) events, which are amongst the most difficult, single-day endurance events in the world. Anu finished her first Ironman length event in 2006, winning her age-group at the Canadian Iron Distance event in Ottawa, Canada. She then went on to finish the Montreal Marathon the following weekend and placed 9th at Hyderabad in the months that followed.
Anu Vaidyanathan is the only Indian triathlete to have qualified for the Half Ironman World Championships. Never willing to rest on past laurels, Anu continues to participate in endurance events every year with the latest foray being a 545 mile ride over seven days in across the length of California. The following year, she did a 50km walk, while 28 weeks pregnant!
Besides being an award-winning athlete, Anu is an entrepreneur, a sought-after speaker at forums on Sport, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership and the Founder of PatNMarks, an Intellectual Property Consulting Firm. Anu received her PhD in Electrical Engineering at UC Canterbury setting the Department and University record in 26 months, shortly after her Ultraman placing. She has been affiliated with both the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad teaching courses in Computer Architecture, Innovation and Business Policy.
Being regularly featured in some of the world’s best print and television media in Sport, Lifestyle, Women’s and Business segments including Sports Illustrated, Marie Claire, Triathlete Magazine, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, The Times of India, NDTV, CNN and prominent radio channels, Anu is also a new mom and an upcoming author, with her first book on sport releasing in 2016.
Having delivered talks at several critically acclaimed forums, Anu Vaidyanathan’s experiences in sport, entrepreneurship and teaching at the Indian Institute of Management form the perfect backdrop for workshops, lectures and seminars. Typically addressing topics around Ethics, Sport, High-Performance, Innovation, Intellectual Property, Engineering, Leadership, Productivity, Education, Diversity and Women, Dr. Vaidyanathan has addressed several organizations, including Fortune 100 companies, Sporting Teams, Universities and Schools.
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Having graduated with two degrees in Computer Engineering, Anu Vaidyanathan’s primary identity was that of a good Indian girl and a super-nerd. A change circumstances made her turn to endurance sport, to explore the limits of her physicality. Getting past situations that were funny, heart-breaking, maddening, and unexpected, she went on to become the first As ian, male or female, to compete in Ultraman Canada, a three-day triathlon, having a 10K swim, 420K bike and an 84.4K run, placing 6th.
Set in several cities in India, where coaches advised her to get married instead of training, and sports facilities lacked toilets for women, she describes several facets of her own country, her identity and her support-system, which were completely counter-intuitive. Her stories around training and racing in several parts of the world, often exploring new places on her own two feet, the seat of her bike and on her own salary, takes readers through a fast-paced narrative told with humor, self-deprecation and curiosity.
Anywhere But Home captures a veritable Venn Diagram of Family, Friendships and Prayer, where Anu occasionally found herself at the intersection of all three when approaching milestones in sport and in real-life, through what is every young person’s reality today, itinerance.