John: I’m finding that so many readers of Model Citizens and Long Island Journal are on a kind of on a fitness kick. I guess because there is nothing else to do. As a result, the issues are becoming fitness issues, fitness models, and things like that. I am happy to have your story, about you and your team, in Model Citizens because it’s new and exciting.
I think your story is exciting by the way for everyone who’s going to be reading about it. Just so you know, I almost always put athletes to the test the first time I photograph them and I have to tell you that you really pass that test 1,000%. The way you rode your bike on ice and through two feet of snow in 30° weather.
Scott: This is nice of you to say and you did have me in that spandex. I was cold!
John: I was freezing, and you even took a fall. For all of those that don’t know who you are and are getting to know you through these interviews, you are a brave soul. You took a dive off of that bike on the ice, I couldn’t believe it! Can you tell me about your team?
Scott: I really appreciate the compliments. So, to answer your question about the team, it’s really a fun kind of passion project for me. We spoke earlier about my background in the triathlons and I kind of played around with it for a while.
John: Some people may be reading about you for the first time because Model Citizens Magazine has a lot of different readers and then the Long Island Journal, can you give us a little bit of background on you?
Scott: Absolutely, I started out earlier on in my sports career as a swimmer. I swam through high school and a little bit in college and tried my first triathlon before I graduated. I was barely finished the first time around but really caught the bug and got into it. I stuck with it and tried and tried again. I progressed to some longer races, like the half iron man, over the course of four or five years. Then I decided it was time for me to get some coaching to see if I could really progress to the next level. I joined with a team and a coach by the name of Jose Lopez. The team is called Long Island Tri Coach, with the acronym LITC. Jose trained me in a very short time to be at a higher competitive level. Then it got fun when I started traveling around the country for a bunch of races on the West Coast, in Vermont and Maine, and then down in Florida and in the islands for a couple of cool events. At that point, I was getting very good at it.
John: What kind of distances were you doing?