Frank Schirmer to ride 75km for 75th birthday
AGE has never limited Rockhampton's Frank Schirmer, who will be riding 75km today around Rockhampton to celebrate his birthday.
Frank achieved another annual milestone on Thursday when he turned 75 and has decided to match that distance in kilometres on the bike, just because he can.
Frank said he had been cycling for the past 50 years and was not going to give it up because of his age.
"I'm getting older but I'm not getting old," Frank said.
"I've never been one to act my age because I think it's a waste of time acting your age when you are still young at heart, so I act how I feel.
"I cycle around town every Saturday morning with the riders from Cycle for Life and we normally do about 50km but they really wanted to ride 1km for every year of my age so I thought I'd better do it too."
The retired postman said he had always been active and involved in exercise throughout his life which is why, he believes, he feels 20 years younger.
"I am the eldest of the riders and they always say I'm an inspiration to them but I always say they're a challenge for me because I have to keep up with them.
"I normally ride at least five times a week but I wouldn't say that I live a healthy lifestyle because I eat what I want, when I want and make up for it with the amount of riding I do.
"I truly believe exercise is the best medicine of all time and I'm a firm believer in never saying the word can't."
The group of about 40 cyclists, led by Frank, will take to the streets today in honour of Frank's birthday.
The ride will start at the Red Hill centre and the group will make its way down to Cawarral then come back along Lakes Creek Rd.
FRANK'S TIPS TO STAY YOUNG AT HEART:
Exercise regularly and consistently
Don't do too much too soon; ease yourself into exercise
Do a hobby or activity that you love
Never say the word can't