Author of 50 Athletes over 50, Don McGrath, interviewed elite cyclist, Sandy Scott on 2/10/10. Sandy is of the 50 athletes featured in his 50 Athletes over 50. In case you missed the show, you can download the MP3 here (right click and ‘save as’ to transfer the file to your computer).
About Sandy Scott:
Sandy Scott is a colorful 69 year old elite cyclist who resides in Seminole, Florida, and who has managed to pack so much into his life that its density approaches that of a black hole, pulling you toward him to hear his stories. Sandy had a varied professional career, at one time or another being a police officer, in the military, a commercial airline pilot, a corporate sales executive, and an entrepreneur. Of all these, Sandy loved the 25 years he spent as an airline pilot the most, and because of this, says he would have done it for free.
Sandy also has many other interests including chess, collecting all kinds of things, amateur radio, playing drums, martial arts, bass fishing, shooting, photography, skydiving, high-fidelity audio, logic puzzles, motorcycling, electronics, running, tennis, golf, and of course cycling.
He is the author of From Broken Neck to Broken Records: A Masters Cyclist’s Guide to Winning.
Sandy participated at competitive levels in sports most of his life, winning national master’s titles in track and cross-country in his late thirties and early forties. Sandy started cycling at age 64 when his now fiancé Rosie, a competitive cyclist in her own right, dropped by his house and told him that she had two bikes and a picnic lunch, and that they were going for a ten mile ride. Sandy had a blast that day and bought a bike the next week. He found that he had a talent for cycling and within 9 months of that first ride, had gone under the state record for the 5K time trial and turned in the fastest 10K of the day, out of over 100 racers in various age groups at a Senior Games event. Sandy went on to win the Florida United States Cycling 20K time trial title, breaking the record he set two years ago by 18 seconds. This is an amazing feat given that at age 65 he had a horrific cycling accident that resulted in a fracture of his C1 vertebrae, which is often fatal. Sandy’s dream is to win four gold medals at the Senior Olympics in 2011 in Houston, Texas. He also wishes that all people can get to understand that growing older can be a fantastic experience if you lift weights, eat right, get aerobic exercise, have good relationships, have goals, exercise your mind, have a positive outlook, and get regular medical checkups. Sandy is having a blast.
About 50 Athletes over 50:
Through interviews with athletes over 50 years of age, Don tells the inspiring stories of athletes who lead extraordinary lives, and examines the secrets these athletes possess that enable their powerful lives. Don McGrath has brought to life stories of 50 athletes over 50 who participate in various sports, representing a cross section of experiences, bound to inspire a broad range of readers. Beyond the stories, several common themes emerge and are explored. You can listen to a replay of Don’s interview with Sandy by clicking the download button below (or right click to save the MP3 to your computer).