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Old 10-22-08, 08:24 PM
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Ok Road Forum, I want to know about jobs that give people enough downtime to manage to ride and compete. I've been thinking about what I want to decide and do with school but I know for a fact that cycling and hopefully competitive cycling will be a part of my life.

So lay it on me, what sort of drudgery allows you to HTFU on a regular basis.
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Computer repair/tech support.

Times are tough, no one buys our stuff, I get to go home early.
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Sales... which, when times are tough, allows for LESS time to HTFU on a regular basis.
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Own your own business that you can run whenever you want. Work from 6-10, ride from 10-2, work from 2-6. 8 hours plus a long ride in the best part of the day. Win-win.

Or find a company where the culture is somewhat lax. I know where I work when I'm not at school (engineering at a power company) if you work 50 hours a week you're a rarity. Most engineers barely work 40 most of the time. They also have flexible hours and sometimes 4 day work weeks. These things all let you get more time on the bike.

I don't think it depends on the profession as much as it does the specific company and job.
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If you can work in the tech industry, look for something that lets you work from home. I run a division of a software company and since I work on global hours, I can usually take time during the day to ride and make it up with work in the evening.

Travel is the downside, at least for cycling. It is hard to cycle during a travel week, but I get to go to some cool places. Commuting is lost time, unless that is your cycling time.
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Don't choose a job like mine. I work in finance. 12-14 hour days are pretty typical. I try to get out on the road early in the morning for an hour, and get 3-4 hours in from 5 to 8 or 9 in the morning on Saturdays. Winters are bad though. As is social and family life.

Ironically, it pays pretty well, so I have some money to spend on a hobby, but no time to do it. Finding that balance is tough.
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military service, check. government work, check. corporate life, check. had a taste of them all and did rather well in each. however the downturn in the IT industry shortly after the turn of the century led me to become a stay-at-home while earning a degree.

so it has pretty much been 'suga-mama-boy-toy/Mr. Mom' for 5yrs running only been cycling for the last two years, played semi-pro paintball for the other three during that time.

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I work very limited hours now at the LBS; Fridays and Saturdays. I'm trying to find a new job, but nothing is happening.
Next year I'll be splitting my time between racing and bike shop work, instead of the other way around.
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Use your commute time as training time. I was doing sprint intervals on my way back today. The extra weight you carry just makes it that much nicer when you get to ride without being loaded down. I think of it like the track stars who run in training with parachutes behind them.
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I want to say two words to you. Just two words: Professional Cyclist.
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Owning a Patent Cad design studio, getting workers to doodle all day on their Macs while you plan your next Schwag purchase / ride / scour the web....
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Owning a Patent Cad design studio, getting workers to doodle all day on their Macs while you plan your next Schwag purchase / ride / BF posting ....
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Software engineer who doesn't get to code. At least I get to complain about other people's code.
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Oh, software engineer here too. In the wireless telecom field.

Typical software engs don't like to come in early. I get here at 6:30-7:00, and have been for the last 9 years. Everyone else except a few, 9:00-9:30. The whole place knows they can't beat me here in the mornings. Therefore I leave at 5:00 like clockwork to train and they're ok with that.

Some of these poor ba5tard5 are here till god knows when. Not me, I turn into a pumpkin (read: fat slow cyclist) if I'm here at 5:01.
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Oh, software engineer here too. In the wireless telecom field.

Typical software engs don't like to come in early. I get here at 6:30-7:00, and have been for the last 9 years. Everyone else except a few, 9:00-9:30. The whole place knows they can't beat me here in the mornings. Therefore I leave at 5:00 like clockwork to train and they're ok with that.
Yeah, I'm the same way on arriving early. Always the first one in. Nobody ever gives me any trouble about training at lunch, or leaving at 5 sharp.
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I want to say two words to you. Just two words: Professional Cyclist.
yeah I wish. I would probably need to be pretty amazing though. Are you pro cparekh or do you know anyone who is? People tell me that I'm too old (21) to really make a big break, idk.
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I'm a lawyer and theres a quite a few in the group I ride with. We start at 6 or 630 am, 4 weekdays a week, ride about 35 miles and I can be in the office around 930. Even if I have a 9 am hearing, I can just cut the ride short a bit and make it.
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Own your own business that you can run whenever you want. Work from 6-10, ride from 10-2, work from 2-6. 8 hours plus a long ride in the best part of the day. Win-win.

Or find a company where the culture is somewhat lax. I know where I work when I'm not at school (engineering at a power company) if you work 50 hours a week you're a rarity. Most engineers barely work 40 most of the time. They also have flexible hours and sometimes 4 day work weeks. These things all let you get more time on the bike.

I don't think it depends on the profession as much as it does the specific company and job.
You don't own your own business do you.
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Teacher. Obviously, I have a ton of time during the summer, which is great. However, during the school year I am incapable of more than an afternoon ride. I leave for work before most of you leave for your morning ride, and I can't step out once I get here, so lunch and morning rides are out of the picture. Unfortunately, my one chance at riding is sometimes co-opted by grading or planning.
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