Shamsuzzaman Arafat is a profession triathlete, ultra distance runner and long distance swimmer. He is one of the first Bangladeshi to complete the Ironman triathlon – a race that involves a 3.86 km open water swim, followed by a 180 km cycling leg and finishes with a marathon distance 42.2 km run. All of this is to be completed by 17 hours. In 2017, in Ironman Malaysia Langkawi, Shamsuzzaman Arafat finished the race in 12 hours 43 minutes and placed 237th out of 885 participants. Before becoming an ironman, he raced from Teknaf to Tetulia, one end of Bangladesh to the other end, in a gruesome 1004 km race which he completed in 20 days. This amounted to him running 50 km on average every day. He has swam the Bangla channel, Teknaf to Saint Martin's Island, a 16 km route 4 times till date.
In this episode we talk about all things athleticism and why, even after all of his stunning achievements, Arafat doesn't consider himself a professional athlete. We talk about the mental side of endurance sports as well as the physical side. Mr. Ironman gives advice on pacing, conditioning, nutrition and much more. In the end, Arafat talks about his the one book he would give everyone and the habit that has had the most positive impact in his life in the last 5 years.
Books: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
More about the Ironman: http://www.ironman.com/
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