Shawn is a long-time friend of Rage and a commodity to the community. Due to the high security of his profession, he cannot state his last name. But if you know him, you know he's hilarious, inquisitive, does well under high stress and most importantly he rides BMX!
Message from Shawn:
Don't find a reason not to do what you love doing. An ironic statement because I am writing this instead of playing darts with my wife/taking a bike ride/finishing the knife I have been working on for a couple of days. Those can wait for a few minutes while I write something positive. "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Beuller.
1. Best cycling memories? (technical trails, Distances you are proud of, PR's, competitions)
There are too many to really share. I got 5th place at the ABA BMX Grandnationals when I was 12. It was a month after breaking my collarbone. Even with only coming in fifth it was one of the hardest races and my best races.
When I was in my mid-twenties my brother and I got back in to racing after a few years off. We raced at our local track and eventually decided to take a road trip to Oklahoma to race in the Grandnationals. Trekking halfway across the US with my brothers and a friend in a conversion van was amazing. Tons of pranks and goofing around. Good racing and lots of silly stories.
2. What resources helped you the most in reaching your cycling goals OR if casual rider what helped you improve the most? (person, group, app, training plan)
Just having someone to ride with. Sometimes when I get off work I am exhausted and feeling lazy. But my wife and I do a reward system. If we get up and ride our bikes to the local watering hole, we can have a beer to reward ourselves. Having someone encourage me to ride is important.
3. Cycling set-backs?
Two broken collarbones, broken scapula, broken foot and a broken hand. That slowed me down a bit when I was riding competitively. Today I would say work slows me down. I am in a high stress environment. Sometimes it is tough to convince myself to go ride because I am too focused on who is attacking us, at the moment. That is when I need to remind myself that riding cures the stress.
4. What could you have done in preparation to avoid it?
Injuries are going to happen. Where is the fun of living in a plastic bubble? Challenging yourself means that sometimes you are going to fail. But those failures often turn in to lessons those turn in to success.
5. What SPECIFIC obstacles were the hardest for you to overcome during training? Or if you’re a casual rider what is the hardest part about cycling?
The hardest part of cycling is that it is not as comfortable as my couch. But cycling is WAY more fun.
I have a lot of hobbies. Sometimes it is tough to balance all of them. But they should all be viewed as fun activities. Not as burdens.
6. How are you involved in the cycling community?
I just cycle with friends and family. I used to participate in bicycle pub crawls with my family and friends. With my new bike, I am hoping to get back in to those again.
7. What changes, if any, would you like to see in the bike community as a whole? What actions need to be taken for that to happen?
The Coronado neighborhood in downtown has proposed a “bikes only” street down Oak from Central to the 51. It sounds outstanding to me.
When I lived in Bogota they would do car free days that were amazing. All major streets were closed to car traffic and open to bikes, rollerblades, skateboards or walking. People would stroll down the usually busy motorways with their kids or on their bikes. All the shops and bars would open up and have extra seating out on the sidewalk. How cool would it be if we could close off all the streets on the light rail route for a Sunday? Although, with how car dependent our city is, this might be a pipe dream. There is an official car free day on September 22nd. Might still be a bit too hot in Phoenix. But if we did it in March? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car-Free_Days
|HOW YOU RIDE|
TYPES OF CYCLING
- FBM Bitchen Camero
1. Where did you grow up?
I basically grew up in Phoenix. I lived in the Arcadia area and went to Arcadia high school. Work temporarily moved me overseas for a few years. I lived in South Africa, South Korea, India, Colombia and a few other places. But home was always Phoenix.
2. Funniest child hood story?
How many stories can I tell about me crapping my pants? There just isn’t enough time. Since the theme is bikes, I will say that there was a time that I crashed on my bike while wearing my school uniform. I hid my uniform under my bed until my mom found it and thought that I had crapped my pants. I had in fact crashed my bike in to a massive mud pile at the wedge after a monsoon. To this day my mom still asks me why I hid my poopy pants. She doesn’t believe me that I crashed my BMX bike in to a mound of mud.
3. What did you want to be when you were little and why?
When I turned 30 the theme of my birthday party was that everyone had to dress up like what they wanted to be when they were young. The “failed dreams of my youth” party. I dressed up like a Jedi.
In reality I wanted to be a spy. I read a lot as a kid and was really in to David Morrell and Orson Scott Card. Since I couldn’t be a childhood commander of an intergalactic army like Ender Wiggin I would have to settle for super spy.
4. Besides being a cyclist, what are some of your other roles in life? Do you have any current goals for them in particular? If so please tell (job, student, family , community.. ect )
I am an information security professional for a large financial institution. I am on the frontline of an ongoing battle with cyber attackers. I spend most of my day parked in front of a computer looking for malicious activity. I spend a lot of time doing talks about the subject for schools and private conferences. I am eager to continue helping educate people about how to protect themselves and their business from threats online.
Outside of work I have been happily married for three years. I have a mean cat and a super nice dog. I am an amateur blacksmith. I make knives and pattern welded steel. I am a certified BBQ judge. I love to cook. I play fantasy football. I go to baseball games a lot. I play softball with friends. I wish I would read more. But I only seem to have the time when I travel.
My wife and I travel a lot. I have visited every continent except Antarctica. This year we are hoping to go to Puerto Rico or Scotland. We still haven’t decided.
Do you think it is important to have a role model? If so who is yours and why?
In general, it is important to surround yourself with positive influences. I have been lucky to have mentors and role models in my personal and professional life. My father has always been a positive influence on me. My siblings (Tanya, Jason and John) push me, support me and inspire me. My wife makes me to be a better person just by being with me.
The one person I need to call out though is Sam. He was my best friend in high school and married my sister. He was one of those people that quickly became good at anything. It was almost effortless. Meanwhile I had to practice and study to get better at everything I did. He didn’t take it for granted and did not look down on people who could not do things as well as him. He taught me humility. He taught me that it doesn’t matter how hard something is. If you want it bad enough you better go get it. He passed away 10 years ago. I miss him every day.
|Eat Drink and Fun Reccomendations|
1. Favorite bar and restaurant in the valley and why?
· Los Dos Molinos – Because spicy is a flavor.
· JTs grill – best wings in town!
· La Santisima – Arguably the best Mexican food on 16th St (Sorry Barrio Café).
· Four Peaks brewery – delicious beer.
2. Where do you go for live music in the valley?
3. What is your favorite place outdoors in the valley?
· That Brewery in Pine – Park at the brewery and take a hike or ride the trails. Stop by the brewery afterwards for a reward beer. Dog friendly, volleyball court, cabins for rent, live music. Go when it is hot. You will not regret it.
· OHSO – Great patio in Arcadia - Dog friendly!!
· Quartz ridge trailhead. A nice calm hike without all the mobs.
4. What music or podcasts are you listening to these days?
· Murder by Death
· Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
· Broken Bells
· SANS Stormcasts – Daily info sec podcasts
5. What books have affected you most in your personal and/or professional life and how?
· Ready Player One – One of the best books I have ever read. Just highly entertaining. It is so full of nerdy goodness and nostalgia. Spielberg is working on the movie adaptation.
· World War Z – One of my favorite fictional books. And not bad on audio book either.
· Band of Brothers – I learned a lot about being a leader at work from Lt. Dick Winters.
· Steal This Computer Book – Not relevant today but a great read when I was much younger.
· Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick – Good info sec read.
Questions or requests? Email Morgan at Star@RageCycles.com