World War II vet still competing in triathlons

At 84, Idaho resident Charley French does something that many 20-year-olds can't even do. According to, French has competed in at least 200 triathlons and regularly travels the globe to ride his bicycle in exotic locations.

The news source reports that French once set a record in an ironman triathalon, which consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. Despite his longevity and incredibly active lifestyle, French says he has no secret.

"It's luck," he told the news provider.

World War II vet still competing in triathlons "I was fortunate to have a body where nothing goes wrong."

French, who is a World War II veteran, also continues to work at a local sporting goods store.

While competing in triathlons is an extreme way to stay active, experts recommend cycling as a form of exercise for older adults. Not only does it provide a low-impact workout and a fun way to get from place to place, but reports that regularly riding a bike can help reduce one's risk for developing heart disease, stroke and cancer.

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