Some retirement living seniors may find it difficult to achieve superior athletic skills during their golden years. Still, those who are hesitant to begin a physical fitness routine should look to 70-year-old Rolf Kordes for inspiration.
According to The Weekend Post, Kordes is one of the eldest competitors in this year's South African Ironman.
Still, the retirement living senior was not always in perfect shape.
"I grew up hating sports and up to the age of 42 I did absolutely nothing. Around that time I had back problems and some colleagues encouraged me to try jogging and going to the gym. I tried this and slowly the pain started to go away," Kordes said.
Kordes, who also underwent hip replacement surgery years ago, admits that training for the intense competition is part of his daily routine.
"I do not think I will ever stop doing this. When I started off it was the run that I enjoyed, but now I really love the swim."
The news source reports that there are over 1800 competitors who will be participating in the South African triathlon. The race consists of a 3.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 marathon.