September 14, 2017 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

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Triathlete Anu Vaidyanathan will read from her memoir Anywhere But Home: Adventures in Endurance. Vaidyanathan is the first Indian woman to complete the Ultraman Canada: a punishing 10-km swim, a 420-km bike ride and an 84.4-km run, where she scored an amazing sixth place.

Anywhere but Home is the funny, heartbreaking, unexpected story of a “typical good Indian girl and super-nerd”  woman who would not give up. With self-deprecatory humour and characteristic curiosity, Vaidyanathan tells the story of how she found triathlon, how she came to be training in one of the most challenging sports in the world. As she followed her passion on the roads of Bangalore and across several Indian cities, coaches advised her to get married. She was stuck in sports facilities that lacked basic support systems, even toilets. If she wanted to compete, it would need to be on her own salary. All she could rely on were her own two feet and the seat of her bike. She writes of her many firsts in the Ultraman, Ironman, Half-Ironman, but also of motherhood and pushing the boundaries of what a body can do. Heart-warming and heartbreaking, this is most of all a tale of love: for a sport and for life.