Robert Marchand has done plenty in his life, but he didn't seriously take up biking until he was 68. That was in 1949, according to Inside Edition.
Now, at 105, he is still biking in a big way. On Wednesday he set a world record by pedaling 14 miles in under an hour in an age category specifically set up for him. The 105-plus age category doesn't exactly have an exceptional amount of competition, but that doesn't stop Marchand from hoping for someone to beat.
“I’m now waiting for a rival,” he told The Associated Press in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
“I didn’t see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left,” he said. “Otherwise I would have gone faster, I would have posted a better time. I’m not tired. I thought my legs would hurt, but they don’t. My arms hurt, [but] you have to hurt somewhere.”
Marchand's physiologist said he could have done more distance in the same amount of time, but he's recently adjusted his diet. According to the physiologist, “He made a big mistake. He has stopped eating meat over the past month after being shocked by recent reports on how animals are subjected to cruel treatment.”
At 105, Marchand is clearly not only far more fit than most people half his age, but also very conscientious about the world around him and his impact on it.
"He never pushed his limits, goes to bed at 9 p.m. and wakes up at 6 a.m.," said his friend and current coach, Gerard Mistler. "There’s no other secret."
Congratulations to the record holder. Maybe next year he can break it again at 106.
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