Cy­cling to the top of the world: Chetan Shah

The in­spir­ing jour­ney of Chetan Shah, MD of Xpress Com­put­ers and found­ing chair­man of ASIRT...

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The in­spir­ing jour­ney of Chetan Shah, MD of Xpress Com­put­ers and found­ing chair­man of ASIRT, who de­feated crit­i­cal ail­ment and cre­ated a record of cy­cling to world’s highest mo­torable pass in Ladakh, in­sti­gated the au­di­ence to come out of their com­fort zones and stretch their in­ner strengths in the knowl­edge packed SP Sum­mit held re­cently at Kolkata.

Talk­ing about his jour­ney on the two wheels, Shah not only in­spired the au­di­ence, but ap­pealed them to look at life with a dif­fer­ent ap­proach. Suf­fered from a painful ail­ment, Shah talked about how cy­cling brought dras­tic changes in his life and how it be­came a game changer for him. Rid­ing to the highest road in the world He quoted that, In Fe­bru­ary 2015, he reg­is­tered for the Manali Khardungla Cy­cling cham­pi­onship 2015 to be held from 26 July to 4th Aug. This was the ul­ti­mate chal­lenge for any cy­clist as we would be rid­ing from an al­ti­tude of 9000 ft to 18380 ft, a dis­tance of over 500 kms in 9 days.

He had to face a lot of re­sis­tance from my fam­ily, take ap­provals from my doc­tors & un­dergo stress tests to prove my fit­ness lev­els. It was al­most un­think­able for most peo­ple that a per­son with his­tory of a Knee re­place­ment & a heart by­pass could man­age to do this ex­tremely tough & ar­du­ous cy­cling ex­pe­di­tion at such al­ti­tudes.

Mean­while I used the 5 months be­fore the event to pre­pare as best as I could. Do­ing steep climbs, long en­durance rides & un­der­go­ing a brief cy­cle train­ing pro­gram as well. Fi­nally the D day ar­rived. I left for the ex­pe­di­tion on 24th July 2015 with so much de­ter­mi­na­tion, hope & a prayer in my mind.

As some­one who had un­der­gone a heart by­pass surgery with 5 grafts, a knee re­place­ment & a brain tu­mour surgery with hear­ing in left ear re­moved & a crit­i­cal bal­anc­ing nerve cut, This ex­pe­di­tion to the top of the world should be a les­son to many such pa­tients that the sky is the limit when it comes to achiev­ing goals. Their mind & willpower can help them shat­ter pre­set lim­its and go be­yond bound­aries.

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