At 70-years-old, competitive cyclist Zoltan Zsohar, better known as “Z” by family and close friends, is motivating senior citizens to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle.
Because of his dedication, the Dallas native has been chosen as the 2017 Humana game changer. The accomplished cyclist will compete in Humana’s National Senior Game Friday.
Even after breaking his collar bone and a few ribs in 2016, Z continues to cycle. He says Health and Fitness, especially at his age, is a passion that he hopes will motivate others to keep pushing.
“Being able to compete at age 70, I never would have thought I would be able to do that. I mean, I'm a kid again, okay,” said Zsohar.
And Z is the youngest in his age group.
He’s being honored by Humana as a game changer, an athlete who represents every age, and ability, and provides encouragement, motivation and inspiration for all seniors.
“And it makes me feel good that I can show seniors that they can age healthy, and I can be a motivate them, and be an inspiration for them,” said Zsohar.
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This all started 30 years ago for Z. He made a vow to change his life around. Z started following a strict diet, lost more than 50 pounds, and fell in love with exercising.
Competitive cycling became his passion.
“I feel terrific. I feel so good,” said Zsohar.
He gave us a tour of “Club-Z,” his man cave at his home in Lake Highlands where he has medals, ribbons and photos of past competitions across the country.
“I'm living my dream every day, I've got to tell you,” said Zsohar.
Enjoying life, one day at a time, with a competitive spirit he hopes doesn’t go way, or slow down anytime soon.
“That's not in my plan," said Zsohar. "I don't ever plan to slow down."
Next up for Z is the National Senior Games in Cleveland, that’s after the Humana competition in Birmingham, AL which kicks off Friday.
Z is a strong believer that what he does, actually slows down the aging process.
Z has already checked off one of his bucket list items in 2011 by riding the mountain stages of the Tour de France, during the tour.
Z will compete in the 10k time Trial, 5k Time Trial, 20k Road Race and 40K Road Race at the 2017 National Senior Games.