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The cure for joblessness - pretend to be pro!

Old 02-18-09, 08:48 AM
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The cure for joblessness - pretend to be pro!

I got laid off recently from my job. Stupid state budget cuts.

But, there is a silver lining to ever dark cloud! I get to ride LOTS and LOTS. More or less pretend to be a P-R-O. There is nothing like some serious volume to lend clarity to life.

My schedule:
1. Wake up, drink coffee, eat large breakfast.
2. Ride 3-5+ hours.
3. Eat large carb meal. Maintain bike.
4. Nap.
5. Eat another huge meal. Half-heartedly job-hunt.
6. Sleep. Repeat.

I stocked up on chains, tires, and cassettes right after I found out about being let go. Everything I need to knock out the miles.

My training has jumped from riding 3x/week (about 5-7 hrs) to 7x/week (20+ hrs). So far my body is adapting quite well to increased stress. It is amazing what kind of rides you can handle when you get to rest/eat alot.

I can also report that I feel myself getting very, very strong. I was a strong racer before and could generally pull out a top 10 finish in any 4/5 race I entered on my previous training, so I am excited to see what is possible now! My poor competitors

Motivation is occasionally an issue, but it beats the lab I used to work in any day! Yesterday's ride was sort ahard, it was a long loop from Chapel Hill, NC to Liberty, NC roughly 85 miles in length. Ride time to complete was ~4:00!

I am loving life!!!
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Old 02-18-09, 08:51 AM
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If only it was as easy as throwing miles at it... Everybody would quit their job and go pro
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Sorry to hear that. Glad you're out there getting strong.

Best of luck on finding a new job (I'm sure you spend some time actually looking for one )
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Originally Posted by mic2377 View Post
I got laid off recently from my job. Stupid state budget cuts.

But, there is a silver lining to ever dark cloud! I get to ride LOTS and LOTS. More or less pretend to be a P-R-O.
Or just call yourself a "consultant." Your method of dealing with unemployment sounds more fun. Hopefully, you'll find an earning gig soon.
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Old 02-18-09, 09:22 AM
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I think the OP is describing what will be the new reality for many of us in the US, even wth the new stimulus package we can't afford.
I'm looking forward to having the time to ride a lot of miles without feeling guilt about taking time away from family.
But I don't expect everyone to feel the same way I do about the new reality.
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Old 02-18-09, 09:33 AM
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Every cloud's gotta have a silver lining, I suppose. Good on 'ya.
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Old 02-18-09, 09:36 AM
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I'm so looking forward to finding work when I get out of school next year...

Or not. Work is for suckers. I'll just live in a tent in my parents backyard and ride my bike all the time.
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Old 02-18-09, 09:49 AM
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I can empathize.

I'm currently on "sabbatical" from my teaching position at the community college and from my graduate work. My schedule is quite similar, except I stick to The Plan as far as riding is concerned. Occasionally I have to work at the bike shop and tutor indignant community college students in remedial mathematics.

One of my teammates had 14 days of vacation to use or else he lost it, so he's been riding with me. His comment to me, "you better be destroying races this season!"

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Old 02-18-09, 11:07 AM
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As for actually becoming fast enough to be a pro, there is certainly more to it than riding alot of miles. Racing alot is really important, but there is no substitute for lots of hard miles in the legs.

I used to be roommates with one of the top MTB racers in WI. During the UW training camp during spring break, this dude rode 500+ miles in 6 days. And those were FAST miles in the mountains. Another guy I knew who now rides for Trek's LiveStrong team also had a similar program, and had been knocking out 20+ hrs/week for the past several years. Let it be known that it takes as significant amount of training to even be able to handle that kind of training load. That is also how guys make 5.5+ w/kg. An entire different league than normal people.

I do have a scientific plan to my training, i just didn't feel like typing it all, it would go on forever.

Oh, I now live in NC. Much warmer here than my former residence of WI. Too bad it is 40 degrees/rainy and I am stuck riding the trainer today.

For employment, I am pending employment as an EMT-I. It will still leave lots of time to ride during the day, just what I want!
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Old 02-18-09, 03:27 PM
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i was on that same unemployment plan for a while, it's fun!
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
Which state?
I'm guessing NC?

You were an actual state employee? That sucks, you'd think working for the gov't would provide you with some kind of job security. I'm a federal employee now, but just left a county gov't gig after there were talks of layoffs when the budget was gonna even be close.
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Old 02-18-09, 03:52 PM
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Old 02-18-09, 04:22 PM
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Yeah, I was at 5.5 months employed at UNC, when I was canned. 2 weeks before I would get severance pay. Bummer. That is what happens when the state has a 5% budget cut. At least I have some vacation pay saved up.

I thought I had some sort of job security too, especially since I was employed in a research lab that was grant-funded, but it was not to be.

Anyways, if it is below 40 degrees and raining heavily, I don't ride outside. No matter I wear, I get hypothermic almost immediately. And by hypothermic, I mean to the point of being dangerous, like uncontrollable shivering and numb limbs. It also doesn't help that NC is really hilly and I alternate between freezing to death as I go down hills and sweating like hell as I go up them.

Weather will be nice tomorrow and I am looking forward to another long, hard ride!
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I should quit my job. All I need to pay for is racing.

I should quit school. it sucks
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Old 02-18-09, 04:42 PM
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Sorry. So then , why pretend. Be one. If only we had the where with all , to make it so. Imagine the job description.Job training in Majorca.. Bumming around Europe for 9 months...Top cuisine guaranteed to make you healthy.. . The race leader gets to be your tour guide.
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Old 02-18-09, 04:48 PM
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Forget work... who needs that when you can make a living off Cat4/5 primes and winnings. Now THAT's where the BIG BUCKS are!!
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Be one.
ok.
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Old 02-18-09, 04:54 PM
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Good luck.. Work hard, don't dope. The boss likely will be more appreciative than those out in the real work world.
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I was considering taking a semester off school this semester to do that... but I was convinced I probably wouldn't return until I was in my 30's so I decided against it. I am jealous though. The glass is half full.
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Ha. Looks like something that I might be enjoying soon. I will be graduating from college with my BS in Material Science in about a month. Last year, there were about 50 companies that came up for our schools career fair that were looking for MSE's. Yesterday for our career fair, there were 2 that actually had a position open, the other 10 either were on a hiring freeze, filled the listed positions last month (but still came up for some reason), or didn't even show. Looking forward to all the riding.
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My brother is also an MSE major, talk about a job market that just dried up instantly. I am hoping to get him into cycling as well, maybe we could be like the Schleck brothers. He is only 21 too, he could have a future as a U23 cyclist if he got his butt in gear.

Anyways, all of you enjoy your riding!
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For you guys who have lost your job and are now putting in lots of miles, do you have health insurance coverage now that you've lost your job?

I ask as someone whose job security is looking worse and worse. I'd be excited to have all that free time but would be worried about taking a fall and being saddled with credit-destroying medical bills I can't pay.

Not to rain on the party... it's great that you're getting something positive out of unemployment.
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I am considering this after college this year seems like a ggreat idea!
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