On August 7th, we witnessed many beautiful accomplishments. We would like to share with you the story of Yvon Robichaud, a lawyer from Granby registered in a Sprint triathlon in the 70 to 74 age group category.
Between 1978 and 1995, Mr. Robichaud was able to stop smoking, thanks to running. He ran many marathons in Montreal and New York, until his knees didn’t allow him to run anymore.
About 8 years ago, his wife and life partner was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease. He then became a caregiver until August 2013, when she was admitted in a CHSLD. The same year, he had surgery to install an artificial knee joint to his right knee.
This difficult challenge and many years of inactivity affected his health. But on January 17th this year, he decided to take control of his life. He started a diet and got back into training. And during that time, he saw a TIM ad go by and chose to make a bold move and register. During his long training period, he was able to lose 50 pounds. His orthopedist forbid running, but allowed fast walking, which allowed him to complete a triathlon.
Mr. Robichaud completed his triathlon, second in his age group. Here’s what he said about his experience: “I knew, during my triathlon, that she was probably napping, sitting in her wheelchair on the third floor of the CHSLD. But I was imagining that she was waiting at the finish line and nothing in the world would have stopped me from finishing. And believe it or not, when I finally got to the finish line, I saw suddenly, to parody a poet, my life partner waiting with a smile and open arms. We hugged and we cried …”
Congratulations to Yvon Robichaud for his determination and his amazing achievement. He dedicates his medal to people affected by Alzheimer disease and those who care for them.
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