Khardung La Challenge (72 km) is one of the Highest Ultra Marathons in the world. This race is also amongst the toughest endurance races. Khardung La Challenge begins at Khardung village ( at 3975m / 13,042 ft). The race involves a gentle and steady climb to the top of Khardung La Top (K-Top) (5370m/ 17,618ft), the highest motorable pass in the world. From here it is downhill all the way to Leh town (3500m / 11,500ft). Khardung La Challenge is part of Ladakh Marathon which I think is an ‘endurance festival‘, in one of the most amazing part of of […]
The Khardung La Challenge (72 km) is the Highest Ultra Marathon in the World. This race is amongst the Toughest and Ultimate Challenging Endurance Race. The harsh conditions makes this extremely tough as approximately 60kms of the race is above 4000 m (14,000ft).
The Khardung La Challenge begins at Khardung village (3975m / 13,042 ft). The race route involves a gentle but steady climb to the top of Khardungla (5370m), one of the highest motorable passes in the world. From here it is downhill all the way to Leh town (3500m / 11,500ft).
The title of this blog is inspired and borrowed from Robin Sharma ‘s The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari– an inspirational story about Julian Mantle – a high profile lawyer (or is it Robin ‘s own life) who quit his career and came to India searching for deeper purpose of life. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is one of the all time bestseller motivation and self help books and compells readers to think about their life, goals and actions. I first came across this book in my MBA in 1997 and the book had reverse impact on me and […]
Two weeks after 80 Km Tuffman Shimla Ultra Mashobra, on July 07, 2018, I packed my running gear and was off to Matheran– a hill station in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. I need not introduce Matheran to Mumbaikars and Punekars, for the others- Matheran is the smallest hill station in India and is located on the Western Ghats range at an elevation of around 800 m (2,625 feet) above sea level. It is about 120 km from Pune. Matheran [ means “forest on the forehead (of the mountains)”] is an eco-sensitive region and Asia’s only automobile-free hill station. You […]
1 year, 3 Ultras, 3 Marathons, 1 stadium run (12 hours) and about 2000 km training runs later on June 23, 2018, 5:30 AM, I was standing with 18 other runners to take on the trails of Mashobra, Shimla. Only this time I was fully aware that this beast is not easy.
Around 6:30 PM on I crossed the finish line. This was after 12 hours 42 minutes of gruelling trail run that included 2400 meters ( ~8000 ft) of elevation gain and loss. In this blog I am sharing my experience of running this beast of a trail.
I competed and finished duathlon, Olympic Distance- 10Km run, followed by 40Km biking, followed by 5Km run. I have run may half marathons, a few marathons and biked maximum 120K in a day. However, had never done duathlon earlier.
It was an amazing first experience! Different from what biking or running. I think the exciting and wierd parts were transitions- from running to biking and from biking to running. At the start of the finish run (transitioning from biking to running) for about a kilometer I felt like a penguin- hopping more than running.
In this blog I have tried to capture the similarities and differences of these 2 endurance sports and how biking and running have made me me a better entrepreneur and a better person.