Mount Royal – Montreal

We last visited Montreal in the mid to late 1990’s.  A lot has changed since then – marriage; two kids; and the ability to “conquer” Mount Royal.  Last weekend, we went back to Montreal and I couldn’t have enjoined our trip to Mount Royal more.

For those not familiar with Mount Royal, it provides sweeping views of the City but it is a hike/run/bike ride up.  17 – 20 years ago when we last went, we contemplated hiking it.  Alas, it was not to be.  While not having yet “achieved” the lofty goal of morbid obesity, I was still not in any shape to hike back then.

Now, years later, I was able to run up the hills to get to the top without even breathing heavy.  Health is liberating in so many way.

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Living in the Hudson Valley of New York State, at age 40 (almost 41), I had a health scare and had to make serious changes in my eating and exercise habits. This is the story of how, I went from Morbidly Obese to being a Marathon Runner and ran 12 marathons in 12 months. After I ran several more, I did something I never imagined possible: I am an Ironman.

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