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Marc-André Prégent

Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacqu, Canada | https://mapregent.blogspot.com/

Main FocusTriathlon
Bucket List RaceIronman 70.3 Miami
Post-Race DrinkWater

In my teens, I was very active (in cycling, basketball and volleyball), but all that ended when I left school, and I quickly become hooked on fast food. When I was 27, I had a heart attack because of job burnout and especially bad eating habits. I should have turned my life around then, but I didn’t, since I considered myself to be an active person. In January 2013, I got sick again (with pericarditis). The turning point came during my appointment with a cardiologist. At the age of 34, I was told that if I did not make any changes, my chances of survival were barely 10 years. That message was really driven home on the 27th of June 2013 at my first follow-up appointment. I got on the scale and saw that I weighed over 450 pounds. Running was a revelation for me. Then I developed a taste for losing weight. I also got involved in the triathlon and caught the bug. I have now lost over 160 pounds. It has not always been easy, but when things get hard, I have lots of friends who are there to remind me that I have accomplished something and should not give up now. So, I can actually say running saved my life.