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Should I Continue going to College, or Drop Out to train full time? (Need Opinions)

Old 01-07-14, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by gsteinb
factor in the fact you're a three. hincappie was riding away from elite fields as a junior.

cash your cat 2 chips in, upgrade to 1 by memorial day (keeping your grades up) and get back to us
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Old 01-07-14, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by gsteinb
factor in the fact you're a three. hincappie was riding away from elite fields as a junior.

cash your cat 2 chips in, upgrade to 1 by memorial day (keeping your grades up) and get back to us
this
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The funny thing is, I've considered in the past to return to school to pursue racing more seriously. So much free time.

Just race collegiate and decide afterwards if you want to go into the real world or go into cycling. Many pros have done it this way and it leaves you in a much better situation in the end.
If i didn't have a family, I would consider the same thing lol.
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Old 01-07-14, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by botto
sage.
Not a fan of parsley, rosemary, and thyme?
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Originally Posted by echappist
Not a fan of parsley, rosemary, and thyme?
Dude I made some awesome roast potatoes the other day:
1/8 cup of olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp of pepper
2 tbsp fresh rosemary
1 tbsp fresh garlic

Cut into cubes and bake on a cookie sheet for 40 minutes....

Yummy
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Old 01-07-14, 10:17 AM
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#thisthreadyall

I know a lot of guys who have gone pro while still in college. They all seem pretty happy with the idea of racing pro and getting a degree.
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Old 01-07-14, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by rkwaki
Dude I made some awesome roast potatoes the other day:
1/8 cup of olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp of pepper
2 tbsp fresh rosemary
1 tbsp fresh garlic

Cut into cubes and bake on a cookie sheet for 40 minutes....

Yummy
I'll be making gnocchi from scratch one of these days. Gnocchi with pesto
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Old 01-07-14, 10:26 AM
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i like gnocchi...
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Old 01-07-14, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by echappist
I'll be making gnocchi from scratch one of these days. Gnocchi with pesto
pistachio pesto, yo!
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Old 01-07-14, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining
i like gnocchi...
I'll bring you some when you start school
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pistachio pesto, yo!
I need to give that a try. Have been using pine nuts up to now.

also didnt realize how the taste deteriorate after 3 days or so. Definitelt an "eat it now" item. This is in contrast to the jarred pesto sold at Trader Joe's, and you realize why it needs to be over the top salty
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Old 01-07-14, 10:40 AM
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I make about 35 containers in late summer and freeze them. It seems to hold up.
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Old 01-07-14, 10:56 AM
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Drop out and goto cooking school
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Old 01-07-14, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by gsteinb
I make about 35 containers in late summer and freeze them. It seems to hold up.
Filling up ice cube trays with pesto, then putting the frozen cubes of pesto in bags, is a great way to set oneself up for the year. Take out a cube, let it thaw while making pasta, drain pasta, throw back in pot with cube o' pesto, mix and eat.
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Old 01-07-14, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining
i like gnocchi...
We went to Mandola's this weekend and my 11-year-old discovered gnocchi. Goodness.
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Old 01-07-14, 01:23 PM
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Lets see that USA Cycling License #. that can help with our input
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Old 01-07-14, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by sstang13
But at the same time, sometimes you need to take chances in life, and run with them without looking back. It's like attacking: commit 85% and get caught, you lost, commit 100% and get caught, you got beat. In this situation, committing 85% is just like trying to be a pro cyclist but always being cautious and making sure you have a nice cushion (degree) to fall back on in case it doesn't work.

One quote that I love - "You don't make the right decision, you make the decision right".
It's perfectly reasonable that you think a sentence like "sometimes you need to take chances in life, and run with them without looking back," contains some actionable meaning and is the best way to look at opportunity and decisions, after all, you're 17 or 18. And I'm sorry to give you that ageist crap, really I am, because being unafraid to take risks is one of the great benefits of being so young. But the thing is, it's not really that profound to say that pursuit of opportunity requires risks. Of course it does! The hard part is accurately assessing what commitments and actions will contribute most to achieving your goals.

Basically, I don't think you actually know what "committing 100%" means in a situation like this. The OP isn't faced with a choice between opportunity A and opportunity B. The OP is faced with a situation where he has opportunity A and opportunity B (assuming, generously, that he has genuine opportunity for a professional racing career), and has the ability to maximize BOTH of them. So dropping school to focus on cycling is the exact opposite of "committing 100%." It's committing 50%. It isn't just that dropping out of school is a risk; of course it is, but so is going to college in the first place. It's that the OP is fortunate to have multiple goals to pursue that are 100% compatible; training hard enough to reach a very high level in cycling and making a solid effort in school both only can take up so much time in a week. We should all be so lucky as to have the time to train that a college student does! If school ends up not working out, fine; college isn't for everyone, especially at the age and level of maturity where they first enter it. But better to give it a solid try first.
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Old 01-07-14, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by grolby
It's perfectly reasonable that you think a sentence like "sometimes you need to take chances in life, and run with them without looking back," contains some actionable meaning and is the best way to look at opportunity and decisions, after all, you're 17 or 18. And I'm sorry to give you that ageist crap, really I am, because being unafraid to take risks is one of the great benefits of being so young. But the thing is, it's not really that profound to say that pursuit of opportunity requires risks. Of course it does! The hard part is accurately assessing what commitments and actions will contribute most to achieving your goals.

Basically, I don't think you actually know what "committing 100%" means in a situation like this. The OP isn't faced with a choice between opportunity A and opportunity B. The OP is faced with a situation where he has opportunity A and opportunity B (assuming, generously, that he has genuine opportunity for a professional racing career), and has the ability to maximize BOTH of them. So dropping school to focus on cycling is the exact opposite of "committing 100%." It's committing 50%. It isn't just that dropping out of school is a risk; of course it is, but so is going to college in the first place. It's that the OP is fortunate to have multiple goals to pursue that are 100% compatible; training hard enough to reach a very high level in cycling and making a solid effort in school both only can take up so much time in a week. We should all be so lucky as to have the time to train that a college student does! If school ends up not working out, fine; college isn't for everyone, especially at the age and level of maturity where they first enter it. But better to give it a solid try first.
I had the least amount of free time in my life while I was in college. Granted, I was married and worked through undergrad, and paid for most of my undergrad education. I didn't have ANY free time to ride during grad school. Sometimes I didn't even have free time to sleep.

However, assuming the OP doesn't have a job, he has enough free time.
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Mechanical engineering, spent 15-20 hours swimming six months per year. It sucked frequently, and I bet it would be a lot harder without teammates and a coach to get on my case, but it can be done. Just plan on a lot of opportunities to get laid vanishing.
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Originally Posted by wens
get laid vanishing
Go on...
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
Go on...
So it is kind of like getting married...
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Who is paying for college? If it's your parents, stay in school and get a degree. Get good enough at biking where you can get free goodies (do they give out steep discounts to cat 3 racers or to people on your team?) and enjoy being young. Drink, get laid, make friends, etc.
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No no, wrong direction.

Get Laid, Vanishing


Dear Bikehouse Forums,

I never thought this would happen to me, but when I got home from work one night and changed into my bib shorts for a trainer session, I felt an erie cold chill. Then I saw her on the couch. Only parts of this mysterious woman were visible, as if she was some sort of ghost. Some of her body was visible, would momentarily vanish...
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Originally Posted by aaronmcd
I had the least amount of free time in my life while I was in college. Granted, I was married and worked through undergrad, and paid for most of my undergrad education. I didn't have ANY free time to ride during grad school. Sometimes I didn't even have free time to sleep.

However, assuming the OP doesn't have a job, he has enough free time.
Yes, this is all assuming that the OP is a traditional college student.

And granted, that doesn't mean I'm right. I don't know this kid. I don't know what's best for him. I'm only making what I think are fairly reasonable generalizations. For whatever they're worth. Probably not much.
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I had nothing else to even do and I managed to drop out without you all you losers' advice.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
No no, wrong direction.

Get Laid, Vanishing


Dear Bikehouse Forums,

I never thought this would happen to me, but when I got home from work one night and changed into my bib shorts for a trainer session, I felt an erie cold chill. Then I saw her on the couch. Only parts of this mysterious woman were visible, as if she was some sort of ghost. Some of her body was visible, would momentarily vanish...

I'm going to be that guy who takes everything literally, so more like:

Dear bikehouse forums,

I never thought this would happen to me, but after a month straight of not spending more than 5 waking moments* when we weren't having sexual relations total with my gf, she told me she thought we should take a break. I totally thought that's no big deal, scoring with freshman girls at parties is like shooting fish in a barrel, but then I realized that I have to be on the bus at 6:45 saturday morning and won't get back until 8:30 saturday night, and by then I'll be too tired to do anything but lay around trying to find the motivation to cook ramen.

*This wasn't because I was getting so much action, it's because I was either eating, sleeping, training, or studying. Literally nothing else for weeks at a time.
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