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Some interesting books and articles

Over the holidays I read three books that align well with my 50 athletes over 50 project. The first one I read is by Sandy Scott, a 69-year-old cyclist who has made a remarkable recovery from a neck breaking bike accident when he was 65. His book From Broken Neck to Broken Records tells his story of recovery, and he also passes along lots of great training information for cyclists. I am not a cyclist, so it’s hard for me to judge the training information, but given Sandy’s success, I assume it is sound. As I read his story, I marvelled and was thankful that he is still among us on this earth. His story is shocking and I think you will find it inspiring. You can find out more at http://www.brokennecktobrokenrecords.com/

The second book, Let’s Talk Fitness, is by Tony Naturale, a 77-year-old ex-police officer, who strikes me as a modern-day, East Coast Jack LaLanne Junior. A self proscribed “fitness-nut”, his book is a collection of short summaries of active people, mostly friends, neighbors, and acquaintances, which range from age 17 to 100. What I liked most about Tony’s book is that the people featured are for the most part, real people and not super-athletes. From talking with many active people over the age of 50, it appears that people like Tony features are just as inspiring as Uber athletes. Tony is also a funny guy. You can find out more about this book at http://www.tonynatch.com/

The third book I read was Lee Bergquist’s Second Wind. This book has in-depth features of 18 athletes, who are for the most part, very accomplished. Lee presents some inspiring stories of athletes over age 40. Featured are runners, skiers, lifters, bodybuilders, cyclists, skaters, as well as athletes from other sports. The story that I liked most from Lee’s book was one of a heart transplant patient who took up running and eventually ran a marathon. You can find out more at http://www.humankinetics.com/2009-releases/2009-releases/Bergquist-Second-Wind-Press-Kit

One way that my upcoming book, 50 Athletes Over 50 Teach Us How to Live a Strong, Healthy Life differs from Tony and Lee’s books, is that, aside from telling the stories of the athletes I interviewed, I am focused on distilling out lessons to share with the reader with the hope of helping you develop habits that lead and sustain a strong, healthy life that is full of fun and adventure. I hope you will enjoy it.


OK, so how lazy can we get?

In general I try not to judge what others do, but I was so struck by this invention that I had to turn up the contrast on how lazy some of us have become. I can certainly understand how this system, which required significant R&D investment, would be useful for the disabled, but the suggestion of use by those with fully capable bodies strikes me as ludicrous. Check out the link below.

Brain Powered Laziness Gizmo


Scientists Unveil ‘Thought-Controlled’ Smart Home System
Brain-Computer Interface uses electrodes attached to the scalp to read the mind of the user to activate lights, turn channels and open doors.
06.01.2009 — Scientists in London are close to perfecting a smart home system that is controlled by the user’s thoughts.

The Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) uses electrodes attached to the scalp that allow the user to turn lights off and on, change the channel on the TV or open a door “by just thinking about it,” according to Science Daily.

g.tec, an Austrian medical engineering company, developed the (BCI) to assist the disabled. But it could have applications for the general population. g.tec teamed with several international universities to test the BCI technology in a smart home created in virtual reality.

“[The virtual smart home] has a kitchen, bathroom, living room … everything a normal home would have,” says g.tec CEO Christoph Guger. “People are able to move through [the virtual smart home] just by thinking about where they wanted to go.”

Let me now contrast that to the typical workouts done by some of the 50 athletes over 50 that I interviewed for my upcoming book “50 Athletes Over 50 Teach Us How to Live a Strong, Healthy Life.”  You can become a facebook fan at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Don-McGrath-Author-of-50-Athletes-Over-50-Books/227125064913?ref=ts

Sandy Scott


Sandy Scott (69 years young):

Monday        73.35 miles – moderate

Tuesday        35.6 easy spin ride, afternoon:  weight training: chest, shoulders, triceps, abdominals

Wednesday    35.04 miles – interval training – half mile repeats at maximum effort

Thursday        76.45 miles at a comfortable pace

Friday            35.28 miles – easy spin ride, Afternoon: weight training:  back & biceps

Saturday        76.19 Very fast group ride

Sunday            32.92 Easy recovery ride

Total mileage for the week:    368.83


Jane Welzel (4rth from Left) and Friends


Jane Welzel (54):

Monday:  easy 30 minute run

Tuesday: morning 3-4 miles, pm track workout (see attachment)

Wednesday:  7-8 mile run

Thursday:  7-8 mile run

Friday: trail run, 8-10 mile run

Saturday: 6-8 mile run

Sunday: 12-15 miles on trails


Who do you want to be in the new decade?

Happy New Decade!

What an interesting bunch

I thought I’d devote today’s post to show you what a couple of the athletes I interviewed have been up to, beyond their sports.

Terry Peterson, a.k.a. The Unigeezer, is constantly putting out interesting videos. I love them all. This one in particular appeals to me right now, since my brain has been cranking on editing my upcoming book. The latest tentative title for the book is, “50 Athletes Over 50 Teach Us How to Live a Strong, Healthy Life.” This piece shows the transformational change that is possible, in a very humorous way.

Sandy Scott has also been busy. Sandy and his fiance Rosie, have written a book about Sandy’s comeback from fracturing his C1 vertebra, where he has gone on to win multiple Florida State cycling championships, and hopes to shatter records in 2010 as a 70 year old. You can buy their book at https://www.createspace.com/3382281

True story; I happen to be talking to Dr. Vonda Wright, who is writing a section in my book, about how I couldn’t get Jack Lalanne to write an endorsement for my book, due to his exclusive agreement with a publisher. Vonda asked me if I had considered Tom Watson. For those who aren’t familiar with Tom, he recently defied age, at nearly 60 years old, to mostly lead and tie the 2009 Open Championship to enter a 4 hole play-off; 26 years after his last major US Open victory.

The day after I talked to Vonda, I was speaking with Karen Hart, who is helping me edit my manuscript, and I was informing her about my call with Vonda. I mentioned Vonda’s comment about Tom Watson, and Karen squealed. She then told me that a family member is best friends with Tom Watson.

I’m not an especially spiritual guy, but I’ll tell you this; this coincidence shocked me. As I thought more about it on my drive home, it re-energized me to double down my efforts on the book. Hey, maybe someone out there really needs the inspiration to change their life.
Whether I connect with Tom Watson or not, this was an eye-opening event, which has fired me up to not only get the book done, but make it as good as it can be. Someone’s life may depend on it.

Bob Radocy – Today is the first day of the rest of your life

The following is a brief profile of one of the over 50 athletes that I interviewed for my upcoming book, Lesson for a Strong, Healthy Life from 50 Athletes Over 50.” To get email updates on future profiles, subscribe on this site.

Bob Radocy loves lifting and staying strong


Bob Radocy is a 60 year old archer and skier who lives in Boulder, Colorado, and who runs a company that specializes in creating prosthetics for people who have lost limbs and who want to do a sport or physical activity. Bob has been active his entire life, playing baseball in high school and hunting with his father. In 1971, Bob was in a tragic car accident, where he lost his left arm, just below the elbow. Bob’s background in physical education as well as engineering, enabled him to create a prosthetic for himself that allowed him to re-engage in activities that he enjoyed. He went on to found TRS Inc., which designs and manufactures prosthetics for active people. Bob’s says that he’d rather design a prosthetic to enable someone to run, not walk; to shoot a bow and arrow, not use a knife and fork. His work in designing prosthetics has helped thousands re-engage in activities they love, which include kayaking, lifting, climbing, running, archery, among other activities.

Bob loves being outdoors, whether it’s hiking, running, being on an archery range, or just witnessing a sunrise.  Bob told me that he feels that one measure of the richness of one’s life, is the number of sunrises you see.

A few updates on athletes I’ve interviewed. Sandy Scott will soon receive a Teschner 703 time trial bicycle as part of his sponsorship with Teschner. Sponsorship at 69? Sandy, you rock!

On my trip to New York for Thanksgiving, I read Myrna Haag’s (https://50athletesover50.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/myrna-hagg-%e2%80%93-on-a-mission/)  new book on nutrition. I really enjoyed it and learned quite a bit. My wife and I are going to try and adopt some of what Myrna discusses in the book. You can find her book at http://myrnahaag.com/pages/buybook.php.

Speaking of books; if you are trying to find a good Christmas gift for someone who wants to be active later in life, get them a copy of my first book, “Dream It, Live It, Love It,” which contains 10 interviews with athletes over 50. They are sure to be inspired. http://www.wisemediagroup.com/product_p/don10.htm

I recently uploaded a 9 minute video to Youtube, featuring some of the athletes I interviewed for my books. I’ve had great feedback on it. If you enjoy it, tell others about it. http://www.youtube.com/user/donmcgrathclimbs#p/a/u/0/gbYtdut0CGs

I recently wrote a chapter for my book where I discuss what  strong, healthy life is. It became crystal clear to me that being healthy isn’t good enough. Being healthy means being absent of illness. Will you settle for that. Repeat after me…”Hell NO.” Lead a strong, healthy life.