When I first met Kathy Taylor, she introduced her lifetime partner of 28 years, Norris “Link” Lindquist, by his email moniker, “Your missing Link.” Link is an inspiring, energetic eighty-nine year old who is looking forward to one-hundred-twenty. On the back patio of their SunRiver home, he talked about his landscaping projects. “I could have someone else do it,” he said, “but I’d rather do it myself.”
Link is the oldest man in the world to bicycle up Mont Ventoux in France by three different routes in one day, a feat that gained him membership in, “The Club of the Nuts.” Mount Ventoux rises 6,000 feet in 13 miles. With his 2006 ride he became one of less than 200 Americans in Le Club de Cingles du Mont Ventoux, a club with less than ten thousand members in the entire world. He rode the Mountain again in 2008, 2013, and 2014.
He may have lucked-out in many things, but he works to maintain his continuing good health. “If you don’t have good health, you don’t have anything. I have a responsibility to the Creator to take care of me. It’s like He says, ‘I created you with a healthy body and mind, now it’s up to you.’”
Link attributes his vibrant health to moderation in everything. “I don’t overdo anything. Twenty-five years ago, I got introduced to a rebounder. Kathy and I start and finish every day with at least three minutes on a rebounder. During the day I spend another thirty to forty minutes exercising on it.” Link says they have not experienced the aches and pains, colds and flu of many their ages. Link started running and jumping rope in his early fifties, to save his joints, he replaced running with bicycling and rebounding.
“Most people don’t care enough about themselves to take care of their health.” He sends regular emails to people who have purchased rebounders from him to encourage and inspire them to keep exercising. “Anyone can use a rebounder. It improves your circulation, balance, and health.” His other advice, “Think good thoughts. We become what we think about all day long.”
As we looked out over the valley, Link pointed to Pine Mountain, a glimpse of Zion National Park, and West Black Ridge. “I hope people appreciate what they have here,” he said. “It’s beautiful. Life here is absolutely fantastic. In other places, when you pass bicyclists and pedestrians, they put their heads down and don’t even look at you. Here they wave and say, hi.”
“Four months ago, when we first came to SunRiver, I thought we were having a dream,” Link said. “This can’t be real. Then after a week I said, ‘I don’t think it’s a dream, but I don’t think it’s the real world. I think maybe I’ve died and gone to heaven.’ I didn’t know what heaven was like, but now I do. I can’t imagine any other place in the world that would be more beautiful. There are so many things to do and so many places to go in and around St. George, it’s amazing. Here in SunRiver, you name it, we’ve got it.”
Link likes to show others how to live longer and healthier. “My goal is to live healthy, and die healthy at one-hundred-twenty plus,” he said. “I want to be a model of what you can do with your life.” Fifteen years ago on a tandem bicycle, Link and Kathy fell in love with Provence, France. Through Link’s Bike Tours, they continue to share Provence with small groups.
Article: Jon Thompson