Has Cycling hurt your career?
I did a massive weekend on the bike, very far and quite fast. Come Monday I was trashed, and probably was 60% of my capability at work.
It got me thinking how many days has this happened in the past, how many evenings have I rushed home to bike leaving peers in the office, and how many cheeky miles whilst ‘working at home’…..probably hasn’t helped my career…anyone else feel the same?Posted 4 years agotreaclespongeMember
No but then I manage to do both without them crossing paths. I understand that I will never make a living (or probably any money) by cycling so there has to be a balance. Seems to be working as Ive had a payrise and bonus every year for the last 6 years and got faster at the same time.Posted 4 years agoKevaMember
not really, I just very rarely offer to do out of hours work and night work ’cause it interferes with my training… and there’s always others who want the money. I’d rather train than be rich. and I’m always fairly knackered on a Monday from busy weekends and a couple of late nights in a row anyway.Posted 4 years agobikebouyMember
Yes, in the early days I was semi pro and during that time held down a very good job, however as the competition became harder and I became less motivated my career took off.. then the same happened with sailing/career.. yadda yadda… been the same ever since.
If you talk about having a hard weekend on the bike and then turning up to work knackered on a Monday, well that happens every weekend does it not?? or it should do..Posted 4 years agoedlongMember
I get to work every day faster and in a better frame of mind as a result of cycling, I’m physically much healthier as a result of cycling (which also has an impact on my mental health and work performance) and I save the company loads of money (and time) by using my bike for work-related travel, so no, I don’t think so.Posted 4 years agobristolbikerMember
But kids have
probably not as much as being on here has
On the up side, we would have to run a second car if I didn’t cycle to work, so with depreciation, running costs, fuel etc etc that I’m NOT paying, it’s like having a (conservative) extra £4k a year gross in my pay.
Well, it works in my head… 😉Posted 4 years agohh45Member
I get to work every day faster and in a better frame of mind as a result of cycling, I’m physically much healthier as a result of cycling (which also has an impact on my mental health and work performance) and I save the company loads of money (and time) by using my bike for work-related travel, so no, I don’t think so.
+1. Our senior partner is a huge fan of me cycling cos he can see how much more awake I am after riding to work than everyone who rocks up by tube. And I have more energy. And he knows how happy it makes me. And if I wasnt riding all weekend I may be out boozing like so many others and that wouldnt help work would it. That said I have been v tired on some weekends after big events with long car journeys.Posted 4 years agoone_happy_hippyMember
What’s the difference between a job and a career?
My last place was very understanding about my regular breaking myself antics. Although they did have to force me to have time off after I broke my arm and had surgery and then came in to work the next day…
My current place my boss is an avid Lycra-ist and I think a lot of my interview involved talking about cycling.Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
cycling massively boosted my career.
A “cycling” mentality got me off the idea of working for big salary in a big corp. It gave me a sense of freedom that I wanted in my working life. It’s no coincidence that within 3yrs of starting to learn MTBing I had resigned and become a freelancer and within 4yrs had moved out of the city altogether.Posted 4 years agooldgitMember
Probably, in so much as that riding is far more important than the job I do.Posted 4 years ago
I went self employed, but then found I had less time.
Happy now as I don’t give two hoots about work, do my nine hours a day, do a great job, everybodies happy me, my boss and my customers.
Of course more cash for trinkets would have been nice, but I have a certain sense of smugness as my peers that have striven for so much seem to be dying or falling apart.
From bunking off school to ride, up to making sure I’m home less than ten minutes after leaving work.GregMayMember
Never impacted mine, it’s been a huge part of mine.
I’ve either worked in a human performance lab where it is assumed you’ll be tired from training most of the time. Or, worked in the bike trade. Or, got paid to ride/write about bikes.
if anything, cycling has been the biggest boon to my career ever.Posted 4 years agojulianwilsonMember
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Yes got sacked from a bike shop in Cardiff after having to have 6 weeks off on doctors orders after a big crash, near death and surgery
😯 and 👿 and what a pity you industry folks don’t do naming and shaming!
I had to postpone a rough-and-tumble course once after I spannered myself in Smith’s Combe (so worth it!!) but i still went to work and got loads of stuff done i otherwise wouldn’t have had time for. When there are all these terrible sttistics about how much sick days cost businesses and the taxpayer, what is the statistic for how many fewer sick days cyclists take than non-cyclists? Despite supposedly a hugely stressful and emotionally demanding job and the 2 fantastic pathogen-vectors asleep upstairs who should bring me all manner of terrible bugs home from school, I am 2nd out of 65 with just over three years without a sick day. Wife rides loads too including commuting and she is similarly good at not taking days off sick. I am sure bicycles have something to do with this.Posted 4 years agorocketmanMember
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.Posted 4 years agoDT78Member
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….Posted 4 years ago
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