He was a spry and sharp as any senior citizen I have ever met.
We spoke a bit and he confided in me that he was now living with his daughter's daughter.
She herself was well into her sixties.
In fact he went on to tell me that he had outlived all of his family including all of his children.
So when it was time to sing Happy Birthday, I stood up and made a toast in front of the entire restaurant to this man who had seen a 100 years of life unfold before his very wise eyes.
After the song I bent over and whispered a question into his ear.
I asked "What's the secret to your longevity?"
Without blinking and much thought he immediately responded in a very gruff voice, "I drink, I smoke, but I don't eat butter."
So there you have it. The secret to a long life from somebody who should know.
I bring up this story which I may have told on this site before because of two reasons.
1) I've been posting (often daily) on my Blog for over three years now about triathlon and frankly I'm running out of interesting things to say. I have never been one overstay my welcome so that means I have two obvious choices. I can either leave (call it quits) or I can expand my writing world.
I hope you'll stick with me and don't find it too self indulgent if write about matters beyond the confines of triathlon.
Besides, if you really want a triathlon reading fix I now have two well selling books out that you can purchase signed on my blog or get at a substantial discount on Amazon HERE (for my first book) and HERE for my new book "No, Seriously, My Training Starts Tomorrow"
2) My second second reason to retell this story is that for the rest of the year I'll be spending a bit more time and effort over at www.BFitBDay.com
This new endurance community is rapidly growing and I'm certain that by the end of the week, we'll be up to 100 athletes taking up the Challenge.
It helps that recently I've been lucky enough to announced some great news.
Just in time for the summer racing season, the new raceAthlete team sponsor Rudy Project (www.e-rudy.com) has kindly offered substantial online team discounts on their terrific sunglasses, bike helmets, Time Trial Bike Helmets, and even ski goggles to anybody who takes up the raceAthlete B-Fit B-Day Challenge...or to anybody who helps support athletes taking up the Challenge.
FYI: Unlike regular races, the B-Fit B-Day Challenge is completely free and open to anybody who wants to swim, run, and bike their B-Day.
No entry fees needed or wanted!
All you need is a Birthday and the willingness to challenge yourself by going for the Bronze, Silver or Gold Challenge or...the willingness to help support other athletes going for the Challenge.
It is that simple.
Please note that if you have already joined B-Fit B-Day (www.BFitBday.com), you'll be getting an email soon with the team discount code.
So that brings me back to my octogenarian friend all those years ago.
As you may know the B-fit Challenge is to swim, bike and run your age.
You take your age and:
1) Swim the number of miles in the first number,
2) Run the number of miles in the second number,
3) Bike the number of miles in the combined number.
So here's my question to you, what do we do with a 100-old-athlete who wants to take the challenge?
Swim: 1 mile
After all it is the 100th B-Day and that's got to be the most special of them all.
But perhaps you have a better suggestion???