Brian Parkinson has been eligible for the seniors' discount for five years now.
But at a very active 70, the longtime Langley businessman and Rotarian has been spending much of his free time testing his mettle on B.C. roads and lakes.
Parkinson is a triathlete and ironman competitor who's been buzzing around the B.C. race circuit.
Most recently, he and several other Langley athletes competed in the sprint distance race at the Sept. 8 Cultus Lake Triathlon.
The Cultus Lake race was the seventh Parkinson has taken part during the 2013 race season. He competed in six triathlons the previous year.
Parkinson has helping hands to prepare him for the rigours of triathlon racing, that involves swimming, cycling, and running in one day.
"For me, it's a lot of massage therapy, chiropractic work, kinesiology," said Parkinson, who said the advice of local doctor Richard Blackmore has been key to his health and success.
"He tells me I'm his template," Parkinson said, of Blackmore. "I'm where he's going to be in 15 years."
Two years ago, Blackmore assisted Parkinson in finding a cardiologist after Parkinson found out he had atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rhythm).
"She [the cardiologist] reset my heart rate in November of 2011 and I've been fine since," Parkinson said.
Parkinson wasn't always this healthy.
"My first-ever girlfriend told me I looked like a penguin," Parkinson said. "She was absolutely correct."
Eating right and exercising is now a way of life for the south Langley resident.
"I'm having fun with life," he said. "Once you get fit, the options are endless. I've done some distance racing, the Grouse Grind race."
About eight years ago, Parkinson climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.
"Believe it or not, I did the Gran Fondo to Whistler and that was way harder, to me, physically. It took way more out of me. Kilimanjaro was six days, and you lose weight, simply because you're just walking," shared Parkinson, who stressed that intensity "creates fitness."
"My training now is structured," he said. "A lot of it contains shorter runs, shorter bikes, but intense."
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