Mont-Tremblant Ironman 70.3
Undertaken by: Bernard Turpin
My name is Bernard Turpin. I am 60 years young!
Six years ago, I was a smoker and was using a pump because I had trouble breathing. One day I decided to make big changes in my life. I quit smoking, and reduce drinking, even though I still enjoy a little glass of red wine on occasion. I also started to practice sports again and I changed my diet.
I started with rollerblades but I decided to hang them up to buy a bike. During winter, I started practicing cross country skiing, downhill skiing and snowshoeing.
A little over 2 years ago, that is to say, in August 2011, I was not feeling all that well, I taught that I was at a stagnant point when exercising; I had difficulties when climbing hills on my bike and at the gym. On a Tuesday morning, I decided to go to the hospital; they ran tests on me and told me I had two arteries blocked at 70%. They kept me and I had a surgery (angioplasty) on Thursday morning. I was released from the hospital on Friday afternoon. The next day, I went for a walk. On Monday, I was back at work and the following Saturday back on my bike. Since then, I continued to cycling and exercising. Once the cycling season ends, it is the spinning season that starts twice a week in addition to snowshoeing, downhill skiing, running and swimming. And you know what? I’ve never felt better in my life!
In the spring, I decided to undertake a personal challenge: the IRONMAN 70.3 in Mont-Tremblant on June 21, 2015. Lately, I began a gradual running program and I started swimming lessons in order to get ready to accomplish my challenge.
I am very conscious of the chance I have to be healthy enough to practice the sports that I love, and most importantly, I am aware that without the changes I’ve made in my life and without the proper care I received, I would probably not be able to practice all these sports. That is why I decided that I had to make something positive out of my negative experience, so if I’m going to make a challenge I might just as well do it for a good cause and raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, to share my gratitude and thanks for the great care I had in Hull Hospital.
I want to promote a healthy lifestyle, good diet and especially the practice of sports, which somehow saved my life! I want to show that anything is possible when you believe in yourself and you put all your HEART in it!
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