I was a pilot for Eastern Airlines for 25 delightful years. When they went bankrupt in 1991, I became the VP-Sales for SimCom International, an aircraft simulator building and pilot training facility in Orlando. My current passion is cycling which I came to very late in life – age 64, but quickly determined that I had the genetics for it. I train virtually every day. I love competing against elite cyclists. I feel privileged to be able to cycle after breaking my neck (C1 cervical vertebrae) in an accident while competing in a time trial on October 30th, 2005. It has been quite a trip going from broken neck to broken records!! Since returning to competition in the fall of 2006, I have won 19 Florida, 6 Georgia & 3 Alabama state cycling championships in the disciplines of time trial, road racing and criterium. I have also broken the 5, 10 & 20 kilometer Florida state records in both the 65-69 and 70-74 age groups, and won a national time trial championship and broke the national record for the 5K event in 2011. The most fun for me since turning 70 has been turning top time of the day among all age groups 50 and up at the nationals, the Georgia state meet two years in a row and the Alabama state games. I love beating up on the kids!!
I served in the United States Navy, and I was a police officer for the city of Palo Alto (motorcycle cop) for 5 years prior to becoming an airline pilot. My interests are quite eclectic and I am or have been involved in skydiving (master skydiver with 657 jumps and 12 hours and 40 minutes of free fall time – I have jumped out of everything from a Boeing 727 jet to a hot air ballon, runner ( 3 event national champion), photography (see some of my work under the photography tab), astronomy (I own two telescopes), playing the drums (I have played numerous instruments including the clarinet, guitar, bugle, piano), martial arts, weight training, collecting all manners of things (custom fighting knives, guns, old cars, clocks, miniature motorcycles, stamps/coins, Snoopy related items, chess sets, art, etc., etc.), amateur radio operator (amateur extra class licensee K2PP – licensed for almost 60 years), racing bicycles, tournament bass fishing, building computers, flying, riding motorcycles, competing in chess tournaments, sailing and sailboat racing, skin diving and spear fishing, hunting, surfing, target shooting with both regular (rated NRA Expert) and pellet guns, and the list goes on and on. I was an early computer hobbyist and built a computer long before the advent of the PC. I founded my own computer company, WizardWare and developed a medical office management system.
I am a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and also attended the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Kansas, and St. John’s University.
My book, From Broken Neck to Broken Recrods, a Masters Cyclist’s Guide to Winning,” is available on Amazon.com at:
To me, the biggest joy I have extracted from the book is from meeting both in person and through email/telephone contact numerous readers who contacted me for everything from wanting to tell me they were inspired by the story to seeking training and equipment advice.
I did an incredibly fun video shoot with my friends at Growing Bolder TV that can be seen at (a bit over 6 mins):
It has played throughout the country andI have had numerous old friends contact me when they happened upon the video on their local TV channel. The last time I checked it had also been viewed over 18,000 times on the Growing Bolder website!
Here are some photos from the video shoot:
Over the years, I have written numerous blogs on the Growing Bolder website on various subjects from cycling, health/fitness, adventure stories, anecdotes, etc. If you have any interest in reading some of them, you can find them by clicking the button “Sandy’s Blog Archive” on the main page.
I am both thrilled and honored to be featured in the March 2014 issue of “GrowingBolder” magazine. Here is the link to the article if you are interested in reading it:
One of my current passions is photography. You can find a comprehensive portfolio of my work on ViewBug at:
Here is a 4 minute Skype interview I did with Bill Shafer in April 2014: