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Has Cycling hurt your career?
I jacked in a well-paid job to live somewhere with good riding, so most definitely,
Hurt my career? Well yes!
As the golden boy in a development lab there were a few raised eyebrows amongst my peers when I sacked off working Fridays in 2007 with the specific intention of going riding more. The concept of money being useful but time being even more useful was something they couldn't get their heads around. Since then I have definitely been out of the frame
There are many Mondays when I turn up like the living dead and in the summer when mid-week rides beckon my performance at work the following day is the lowest priority.
I dont care. Work will chew you up and spit you out I have no desire to put it before everything else.
I try and balance both.
My mate just interviewed for a good job, he asked about their facilties etc. for cycling and based on the fact they intimated that they didn't support people cycling to and from work he declined the job. Fair play, its important to him.
Working in a people / intellectual type role I find that being physically knackered from longs rides not a problem. In fact I often spend the 2 -3 hour rides in the evenings thinking about work and sorting out problems. Often turn up to work with a big long list of things to do that I'd decided on the bike.
Of course, sometimes it means I'm a few seconds late to meetings as running up stairs hurts....
I moved offices and the first thing i said was where will my bike go. Not that they where arsed but they new i would move if i could not go on my bike.
Work life balance really, life comes first.
Actually since cycling became the new golf a lot of my customers ring for a chat and it helps business, the boss thinks that sort of relationship is priceless.
I'm in the electrical and building trade, taking customers to the bike show would have been unheard of a few years back.
Nice thread topic.
I started mountain biking in 1989 aged sixteen. My cycling mileage finally settled to normal (less than hundreds of miles per week) in May this year. I graduated last September aged 39 and got a career.
Trying to work out how to reinstate my mileage. I'll let you know.
Cycling? No.windsurfing - yes.
And I worked in the industry at the time.
One of the best definitions I've seen for career was 'rapidly downhill out of control' - which fitted my work and cycling very well.
Work life balance. You can love your work, but work to live, not live to work. If you go into work on a Monday morning fully rested, you've wasted the weekend!
I've got my work, and a job doing it. What is this career thing?
Its surfing that led to a misspent youth, teens, twenties. Now have a pretty boring job that im stuck in for at least another year. Im slowly moving to bikes more as i dont know how many more years my back will stand up to surfing. God i wish i could retire tomorrow... have you seen the surf forecast!
Having been very overweight 10 years ago, and now having lost 5 stone thanks in part to taking up cycling (and living a healthier lifestyle), I suspect cycling has helped me in ways more important than my career.
I have a well paid, responsible job, but I have no ambition, as this would eat into exercise and family time. I plan meetings around bike rides, so I guess it does affect my career, but I don't care.
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