When Mayura Shivalkar crossed the finish line in 70.3 (miles) Ironman Colombo in February 2018, there wasn’t a winners’ medal waiting for her at the podium- but her family, doctors and people aware of her resilient background, already knew what Mayura had achieved- she became India’s only cancer surviving triathlete to complete the half ironman – a thought that seemed impossible at first.
Mayura Shivalkar who completed the event in a time of 7 hrs 25 mins against a closing cut off time of 8.30 hours managed to take the challenge successfully.
In Feb 2020, she came 1st and Men and women category out of 42, She stood at 18th position in the Tigerman Nagpur Competition.
Mayura said What an awesome experience, I do one event in Feb since 2018, just to remind you that I am alive and going strong, it’s a mental game, coming out of my own personal challenges and FEAR.
She says – Happy that got PODIUM and won the race in overall women’s category, awesome feeling to be a first TIGER(wo)MAN of Nagpur.
46-year-old Mayura Shivalkar. Mayura is not just a daughter, a wife, and a mother but this 46-year-old is also a Triathlete who has completed the Iron Man (swimming, cycling and running) while being diagnosed with breast cancer.
She underwent 8 chemotherapies, 30 radiation sessions while training for her marathons. Mayura right now has to her credit 7 full marathons, 30 + half marathons- the most recent being the Mumbai Marathon that took place in January 2020.
“The battle against Cancer has taught me a lot; the uncertainties in life and how we take life for granted. We should never neglect the smallest of medical conditions and get regular checkups done.
A one-hour session for physical and mental fitness is a must,” Mayura says.
She believes her unrelenting attitude in the face of difficulties is what helped her survive cancer.
Having been through this journey, I now wish to spread awareness that overcoming cancer can be equivalent to conquering any other challenge in the shortest possible time – after proper treatment. That’s why I finished my race with the quote – “Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet”.
“Running made me more strong – mentally and physically. It taught me to face the odds with a smiling face. I feel all women above the age of 40 should run to avoid depression and menopause issues.” Mayura concluded.