DR.SANDESH DOSHI M.S(OPHTH.)
Except for badminton in 12th std., cycling & trekking & 3 weeks basic skiing course in medical college days, I had nothing to do with fitness truly speaking.At 40 yrs of age I started Sinhagad hiking once a month but had to quit within 2 years due to left knee medial collateral ligament injury which took 18months to recover.
In 2008 started cycling because of friends who were to participate in enduro3 race. However it was on my 50th birthday (15 Jan 2011) that I seriously resolved to take up cycling as my sole fitness activity.
Started weekly Thursday Sinhagad again from Nov 2011. Nikhil Shah joined Sinhagad little later and converted this into Thursday Sinhagad Bike and Hike activity which is my main fitness workout even today. This involves total 45k cycling and 5k hiking, a 4 hrs home2home out of which net workout time is 3hrs 30mins. We hike up in about 40mins.
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My first run was an unplanned 8.25k downhill run down the Sinhagad ghat one Thursday in April 2012. Realized that cycling and running are two different ball games and started running.
This is when I started running seriously. My fitness journey turned over a new leaf from here onwards. A few details about it as below:
Half Marathons: My maiden HM was at Satara hill half marathon, Satara (02:35hrs) in Oct. 2012. 02:07 Hrs is my PB (PRBM 2014).
Full Marathons: My first Full Marathon happened at SCMM 2013. Thereafter I have been doing FM every year in Mumbai till 2018. Timings are as under.
2013 – 05:30 Hrs.
2014 – 05:14 Hrs.
2015 – 04:52 Hrs.
2016 – 04:52 Hrs.
2017 – 05:09 Hrs.
2018 – 05:34 Hrs.
Ultra Marathons: I’ve done two 50k Ultra marathons, the first one in Nov 2015 in 06:43hrs at Pune and the second at Matheran in 2017 in 07:45Hrs.
Pacing in running events:
Successfully paced 02:20hr HM bus in Our marathon and Veterun 2016.
Paced 02:30hrs bus in one HM and
70mins 10k bus in PRBM 2017.
Olympic Distance Triathlon – (1500m swim, 40k cycling, 10k run) by Pune triathlon, April 2015- Successfully completed in 03:28Hrs (40+ men solo).
Super Randonneur Series- Did BRM SR series (of 200, 300, 400 and 600) first attempt in 2013-14.
My podium finishes in various sports events as under:
1stPrize in ‘28Km Cycling Race’ in IMA Sports Meet 2011, Pune.
2ndPrize in ‘Sinhagad Climbing’ in IMA Sports Meet 2011, Pune.
2ndPrize in ‘Parvati Climbing’ in IMA Sports Meet 2011, Pune.
1stPrize in ‘Pune Bicycle Championship – Sinhagad Race’ (50+ age & Hybrid bike category) – 15th 2012.
2ndPrize in ‘Pune Bicycle Championship, Sinhagad, Hybrid category, Pune.
2ndPrize in ‘Pune Bicycle Championship, Lavasa, Hybrid category, Pune.
Enduro3 adventure race- 1st in 40+ mix category.
Katraj-Sinhagad race- 3rd in Amateur mix.
Rugged Sahyadri- 1st in Amateurs mix category.
Treasure hunt by PYC Gym- 1st prize.
The Mountain Triathlon (750m swim, 30k cycling, 9.5k trail run) by NEF- 7th Prize in open men solo.
Duathlon by explore adventures Phulgaon- 1st in 40+ men solo road bike.
Sinhagad Monsoon trektime race 2015- 1st in 40+ mixes.
Well, like I said age is just a number, and 57 years as of Jan 2018 is something that can never stop me. Other than My Fitness Life, I have always been active in the extra curriculum Activities.
Here are a few of my achievements:-
I have been active in extracurricular activities like Orchestra, Drama, Trekking, Skating, Skiing, Cycling etc. since my medical college days. Some of my extracurricular achievements in the past & present are as under.
1stPrize in ‘Snow skiing’ basic course, Gulmerg, 18th Feb – 10th Mar 1985.
1st Prize in ‘Carom Doubles’ in All India Inter-medical Youth Festival, Pulse 83, New Delhi.
1stPrize in ‘Singing – Orchestra’ for consecutive 2 years (82-83, 83-84) in Gadagkar Intercollegiate Cultural Festival, Pune.
2ndBest Instrumentalist prize in ‘Mandolin Playing’ in All India Inter-medical Youth Festival, Pulse 83, Delhi.
Consolation prize – Instrumental in ‘Mandolin Playing’ at Mood Indigo Cultural Festival, IIT Powai, 1984.
1stPrize in ‘Carom Singles’ in IMA Sports Meet 2011, Pune.
2ndPrize in ‘Carom Doubles’ in IMA Sports Meet 2011, Pune.
Along the years my journey of running a successful Eye Clinic started with the efforts and achievements as below:
MBBS – 1982, MS (Ophth.) -1986, both from B J Medical College, Pune in 1st
Vitreo Retinal (6 months) Fellowship” under Dr. P.N. Nagpal, Ahmedabad – 1987.
Private practice – April 1988 as an Eye & Vitreo Retinal Surgeon at JM road.
“Advanced Vitreo Retinal Surgery (3 months) Observer Fellowship” under eminent VR surgeon Dr. Carl Claes Antwerp, Belgium- 1997
State-of-the-art Advanced Vitreoretinal Surgery centre at Yash Eye Clinic and Laser Centre in Dahanukar colony, Kothrud, Pune 411038.
Curricular achievements: Presented paper titled “ILM PEELING IN HIGH MYOPE APHAKIC PATIENTS WITH TOTAL RETINAL DETACHMENT WITH FULL THICKNESS MACULAR HOLE” in
THE VITREO RETINAL SOCIETY OF INDIA CONFERENCE – JIM CORBETT PARK – 2003
MAHARASHTRA OPHTHALMOLOGICAL SOCIETY CONFERENCE, JALNA -2003.0
CA Prashant Prabhakar Tidke, 54 Years.
Cyclist/Runner by Passion.
Chartered Accountant by Profession.
My base fitness – Credit goes to Sinhgad Bike and Hike which I did religiously for 2 years continuously and then discontinued.
Started Sports activities as late as at the age of 49 years.
Used to do regular trekking at Sinhgad on a weekly basis with group of friends.
Bike and Hike concept was initiated by Dr. Sandesh Doshi 6 years back and supported by Nikhil Shah and myself and the activity was started since then.
Bike and Hike built my basic foundation for future Amateur Sports career.
It helped me not only completing the toughest Adventure Race known as ENDURO 3 but also ensured me Podium finishes in all the categories starting from 40 plus (Easiest) , Corporate, Amateur to Open (Toughest) categories progressively.
Also won Podium finishes at Rugged Sahyadri Adventure Races at Kolhapur.
Took up Cycling as a Hobby but went to complete the SR series in 2011 and represent first Indian team to represent PBP (Paris Brest Paris) in August, 2011 ..a 1200 km self supporting cycling ride.
In 2012 shifted base from Endurance Cycling to Racing and won Podiums at main Cycling events like Tour of Nilgiris popularly known as TFN, 2012 a multi stage race for 8 days with substantial climbing in Ooty ranges.
Participated in many Road Races conducted in Pune and organized by LifeCycle known as PBCh series and won podiums consistently in Masters category in the terrains of Sinhgad, Lavassa and Panchgani.
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In the year 2012 and 2013 also had an opportunity to WIN the National Veteran Championship at CFI (Cycling Federation of India) event in 40 plus category in the year 2012 and 2013.
Since then participating and converting these to Podiums in the local cycling races as well as races held at Nasik and elsewhere.
Latest highlights in the recent times :-
Overall win in Pune Loanavala Pune Race 100 km organized by Pune Racing in April, 2016.
First Place in Masters category 150 km Nasik Peleton .. a Team of 3 event in January, 2018
First Place in Masters category in 45 km Chandani Chowk-Bhandara Hills Race organized by WSSM in March, 2018.
Running – Started at the age of 50 years about 5 years back..
Since then participated in many Half Marathons held at Bengaluru, Satara (5 times), Mumbai (5 times), New Delhi (2 times) and Pune (many times).
Finished in Top 10 in my Age category in the year 2015 at SCMM
Won Podium in Shriram Properties Bengaluru HM in Age Category in 2016.
Finished in Top 10 in my Age category at Airtel New Delhi HM
Personal Best HM 1 .42 hours and for 10 km 47.10 minutes
Participated in several local races for 10km (countless) organized at Pune and Monsoon Series organized by Run buddies.
Won Sinhgad Fort running race in the year 2014.
Won Podiums at all VETERUN Editions organized so far…
Won Podiums at all DUATHLON Races participated so far OPEN as well as Age category. For Olympics Distance at Phulgaon, Blue Ridge, Bhor and Balewadi.
Have converted more than 80% of my Participation in races to Podiums whether it is a Cycling Race , Running Race , A Duathlon or an Adventure Race.
The Man Behind Making Pune a Running City.
Nikhil is known as a Passionate runner who runs all over the world. He has made an immense contribution to the running Community and has taken it to almost every house in town. His Love for running, is spreading all across the country, and making more number of people take up the sport. Recently, The Times of India quoted Nikhil as the most famous runner from Pune.
Nikhil has run several races. He has been a Pacer for almost all major marathons in India. He has done expeditions like running from Manipur to Myanmar. Nikhil is the Creator of exotic races like First Monsoon Marathon, Durshet Forest Marathon. Matheran Endurathon, Kargil International Marathon, INA Ezhimala - Land of Legends Marathon, Everest Base camp marathon (EBCMarathon). He has also organized Roam by Night Marathon in Rome Italy.
Nikhil is the person who laid the first stone by conceptualizing and organizing the First LSoM (Last Sunday of The Month) and also the first Pune Running Beyond Myself event. Now, he is into professionally organizing marathons for most of the companies in Hinjewadi and in Magarpatta as well. He is well equipped with RFID timing solutions and race management services.
Nikhil is the co-founder of Sinhagad Bike and Hike who loves to ride a cycle for fun. His most favorite ride is costal ride along the Arabian sea.