Shawn Grzybowski is an experienced logistics officer and New York native. Having attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, he graduated with a double major in government and English literature. After completing his post-secondary education, he was commissioned as a logistics officer in the United States Marine Corps. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel, and despite his initial plan to remain in service for only several years he has now completed 22 years of active duty. With his extensive military experience behind him, Shawn Grzybowski’s immediate plan is to retire to Oahu Hawaii, a place where he describes as feeling like home.
What is your hobby?
My primary hobby is mountain biking as I enjoy navigating various types of terrain. It requires a certain skill level and the trails present a significant challenge both mentally and physically. Mountain biking differs from other sports as it requires an extensive amount of commitment and superior dedication. From purchasing the appropriate gear to understanding proper safety techniques, the past time is not for the faint of heart.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
My buddy Jason had bought a bike and talked constantly of his time spent on the trails. I was intrigued to say the least, so, when I finally moved to Southern California, I decided to purchase a bike and give it a try. It is not as easy as you think it is (I learned this the hard way). There is much skill and knowledge required to become proficient without the risk of injury.
Mountain biking also comes with countless physical benefits, and I am someone who strives to remain active on a daily basis. The exercise is rigorous, but the cardiovascular workout strengthens your immunity and has many long-term health advantages. I have seen a significant improvement in my overall balance and coordination, and because biking is not a weight-bearing sport, there is less risk of a joint injury. Ultimately, cycling is an extremely dynamic exercise and I hit the trails whenever I find the extra time.
What is your favourite thing about your hobby?
Mountain biking is an adventurous sport and requires a sense of exploration and risk-taking, I get a major adrenaline rush every time I complete a trail for the first time. By the time I finish a course, I am left feeling both renewed and accomplished. I recommend mountain biking to anyone who loves the great outdoors and is not afraid of a little danger.
How would you say your hobby has changed your life?
It gives me something to look forward to on the weekends or with any free time I may have. I have a deeper sense of gratitude for the natural world, and a different perspective on life. Once you develop your skills, cycling can be highly meditative.
I am constantly pushing personal boundaries and looking forward to new challenges. The sport has strengthened my belief that anything worth doing is most likely challenging and you should never give up.
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