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anybody given up their jobs career for cycling????(15 posts)

anybody given up their jobs career for cycling????abicirider
Mar 19, 2003 12:41 PM
Just curious I'm at the point where my job really means nothing to me, it is actually starting to interfere with my training, I'm 40, divorced no kids or other family and Iam really seriously thinking about bagging my career, job and trying to find something, wrench, whatever I can, with a team here in the USA or abroad and travel. Kinda of a rant here but a house, fancy car, nice clothes really mean nothing to me. I much rather be able to train, race, really live cycling as the biggest part of my life, I figure as long as I have a roof over my head each night,thats all that matters and to be able to afford food. Maybe I'm wrong but cycling really is my first love, without it something is not right.
Anybody else thinking about or actually thrown it all out the door for their great love of cycling, I realize with a marriage , family it would be impossible, but I'm by myself.
Any responses would be appreciated.

Be safe out on the roads!!!!!!

Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
You are da-man...eschelon
Mar 19, 2003 1:12 PM
It seems you are one of the very few among us sapiens who have figured out what they really want in life...and don't want...but most importantly, you know what really matters in your life. I think the Tour de France or riding the Het Volk is out of your lifetime now...but who knows...crazier things have happened...I mean, we have a president who use to be drunk and a coke-head and has bankrupt a couple of businesses before he became president.
a job's a jobRJF
Mar 19, 2003 1:20 PM
I know it is cynical, but I once had my dream job working in a field that was my passion. I worked in the music business and got to work with all of my favorite bands.

I found out that when you get a job doing your true love, it becomes just another job like any other. Only now you no longer have your passion to fall back on, and to take away your stresses. I actually got into cycling because I could no longer listen to music for enjoyment, and needed something else. I eventually left music and got an ordinary job. It was several years before I could really enjoy music again.

Bottom line though is that it is your dream and you will never regret giving it a shot. Go for it.
you could move to TN and drive the team car for meJS Haiku Shop
Mar 19, 2003 1:22 PM
but the pay stinks and i don't ride enough to justify a team car.

having rearranged my schedule, except for severe weather, i can ride 25-50 miles per weekday, 60-100+ miles per weekend day, and a day or two off during the week. i've discovered these are the max limits of enjoyment--for me. any more and it would be "serious training" or something too closely resembling "work".

YMMV. follow your dreams.

Go for itcarpe_podium
Mar 19, 2003 1:34 PM
Life is short brother - take the path less travelled. You'll regret not trying the cycling route later in life if you don't do it now. I admire your outlook. Life in the 'burbs isn't for everyone. Let us know what you decide.
My Storycyclinseth
Mar 19, 2003 1:50 PM
In the spring of '97 I started fantasizing about a 4-week bicycle tour I wanted to do in the summer. Part of it was with organized tour groups and part was solo. I planned and I planned, not really giving thought to actually doing it. Then one morning I woke up, went to work, asked my employer for four weeks off that summer. He said no, so I said, "I'll be leaving August 1". So I did.

Two weeks later I was cycling in Montana. I had moved everything out of my apartment in NYC. Put everything in storage in my parent's house (which really wasn't all that much).

My tour took me 1800 miles through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington State. I ended up in Seattle where I had meet some old friends. Found a place to live, and had some stuff shipped out to me. I lived out there for 2.5 years and moved back to NYC.

I would do it again too. And I might. I feel the time is coming to move to more cycling-friendly environs. NYC is kind of hard sometimes.

Hope this helped
By the way . . .cyclinseth
Mar 19, 2003 1:59 PM
When I was living in Seattle I would average about 300 miles a week during the summer (when the weather was good). A 50-mile round trip to work, 3 times a week, along beautiful MUT and roadways, with 2 decent sized climbs in the way. And then I'd typically do about 150 miles on the weekend.

Can't get that in NYC. Now I feel lucky if I can get in 30 miles after work.
How much did the trip cost you?Kristin
Mar 19, 2003 2:11 PM
I know a couple guys who did something similar, but they took a whole year off. One guy got laid off and told his friend that he was considering taking a year and cycling the the US border. His friend thought about it for a while and decided to quit his job and do the trip too. The two of them toured the US for a year and both will attest that its not as impossible as one would think. (Though they were both single. No children is a must for something like this.) I've toyed with the idea of a long tour myself. Hey, with the economy the way it is, what could you lose? If I had the choice of sitting at home sending out endless resume's for months on end or riding across the states, I think I'd hit the road.

I did take a year off after college and lived/worked on a farm in exchange for room and board. It was a tremendous experience. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. A little dirt under the fingernails builds character.
How much did the trip cost you?cyclinseth
Mar 19, 2003 2:23 PM
Three of the 4 weeks were with tour groups, at about $250-$300 each. Fully supported, camping. The solo leg I stayed at cheap motels at about 40-50 a night.
think about it, yesDougSloan
Mar 19, 2003 2:45 PM
I thought about it often until Luke, my 9 month old, came along.

Can you write for money? That certainly gives some flexibity to ride all you want, if you can make some money at it.

If you can do it now, you ought to...Leroy
Mar 19, 2003 3:00 PM
you'll kick yourself forevermore if you could and did not. That is not really throwing anything away, maybe it's throwing at the target, it's doing what you like! FWIW you have my support - as a prior post said: youdaamaannn ... don't look back - keep us posted !!
re: anybody given up their jobs career for cycling????purplepaul
Mar 19, 2003 3:22 PM
I think you're at a really good age for following what interests you most. When younger, like 20's, we often have idealized notions of what will make us happy. I went to school and majored in photography. What a shock that making money with it is a far cry from being an artsy fartsy student. After a number of years of making good money, I had to give it up. I hated it. I took off a few years, thought about what I wanted and decided to try my hand at trading (futures; and if anyone had told me in college that I would ever have anything to do with the market, I would have told them to go back to their bourgeois, capitalist pig life and exploit someone).

Now I trade from my apartment overlooking Central Park. I can't say that I can ride whenever I want (although my broker has software that could automate my trading strategy, I don't trust it), but I love what I'm doing. It took me several years of effort, though, to make a go of it. But I knew I was onto something when I kept at it even though it didn't progress the way I envisioned it.

Contact everyone you can who has anything to do with what you want to do. Sometimes just knowing one person who has what you want can serve as inspiration to keep you going until you achieve it too.
Mar 19, 2003 4:18 PM
I'm 46 and cyling has me in better shape than anytime in my life. I've had success in many things but the success wasn't enough for me. I bagged it years ago to go my own way and do a number of things for income so I could enjoy sports that keep me healthy and enjoying the outdoors. As another single person with similar lifestyle demands I would say follow your gut and do it. Life is too short to regret not doing it when you have the opportunity.
hell yeah.Frith
Mar 19, 2003 7:28 PM
I want to ride from the south of Thailand to the north. I want to take two months to do it... and then I want to use that experience to see the rest of the world from atop a bicylce. I almost had the most perfect opportunity too... My contract ended with the company I was working for in February and I had enough in the savings account. Then My mother had a stroke and I was forced to use my time off to help her. I'll still do that ride and skip one of these dreadfull winters. But not quite yet. I guess this has taught me patience but It's also taught me that we're rarely presented with the opportuntity to do the things that would make us most happy.
My question to you... If it seems as though things are at the point where the only person who stands to lose anything from you chasing your dreams is you then who are you really worried about dissapointing?
My 2 cents..........eyebob
Mar 20, 2003 11:32 AM
I like your atitude and I can relate to your situation. I too am single, without kids, etc. Only, I like what I do for work so I'm angling to get a job somewhere a little more temperate (New England is God-awful sometimes) just so I can ride more. I've lived in AZ where I loved the cycling climate but moved to get well and be near my family. With two strong feet on the ground, it sounds crazy to some, but I'd move just to be in a place that fills my passion more. I'd say go for it. Have some fun too.

One thought on regrets though. There aren't any real ones. Or at least there shouldn't be. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, try to enjoy it to it's fullest. Don't go do something simply because you think you need to do it to feel better for any other reason. Chase your dreams, but don't run from your fears. Woooo. Cheezy pop-psych reference.