"I give credit to my mom for inspiring and encouraging me to take sports seriously. She was a professor of bio-chemistry and at the age of 60 when she retired she started trekking. "Today, she is 76 and participates in a 100 kilometre trek. She does that every year and has inspired my sisters to join her. They all are above 50," Milind said.

The ramp star hails from a family of doctors and professors. As a child he was asked to leave sports and concentrate more on studies, but his mother always supported his involvement with athletics.
    
"The kind of encouragement I had as a child to continue sports was brilliant. Like any other family, my people asked me to stress more on studies rather than swimming. But, my mother said 'He enjoys it and should balance both studies and sports'. Those 13 years of my life played such an important role in shaping my life and mind."
    
The '16 December' actor, who will be turning 50 this year, wanted to do something remarkable on his 50th birthday and that is when he decided to take up the  Ironman triathlon challenge.
    
"I am turning 50 this year and wanted to do something special to make this year memorable. I was never interested in triathlon as I don't like cycling but when I read about it I found it interesting and felt it would be a different experience to train for this."

 

 

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