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What is the best career to maximize your cycling/racing time?

Old 01-24-14, 09:09 AM
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I work 2 16 hour days followed by 4 days off most weeks. I have a lot of time to recreate.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Agree. You can likely get out a little early and can likely get your summers off to race/ride, if you so desire.

Of course the pay sucks so you can't afford the nice schwag, but that's the tradeoff.
I ride with a couple of teachers, and they have lots of time to ride. Off by 3:00pm everyday. Little to no nights and weekend work. ( i get teachers have to lesson plan and grade papers, but many have free periods during the day, and the out of classroom works drops significantly when you've taught the same class for a couple of years.)

Lots of holidays, 2 weeks at Christmas, 10-12 weeks off in the summertime.

Pay is crappy though. Couple of my teacher friends work part time in the LBS on holiday breaks and the summer time, to get extra cash, and employee discounts to fund their cycling.
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Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
I work 2 16 hour days followed by 4 days off most weeks. I have a lot of time to recreate.
Fireman, parmedic?
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Fireman, parmedic?
CO, I always joke that we have as good a schedule as FDNY, but we don't have to deal with all those women throwing themselves at us all the time.
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Old 01-24-14, 09:22 AM
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General surgeon.
I can't imagine a much worse choice for getting riding time. Back in the day when my wife did her surgery rotation it was on call every other day, which meant 36 hours on, 12 off for weeks at a time.

You can't abuse residents like that now, but it's still a hard way to make a living.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
What a great question. Definitely not what I'm going into.. 9-5 city. FML.
you're complaining about 9-5?! that leaves you worth a lot of time to bike before and after. most people I know work 9-8 which is not only longer but wears everyone out
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General surgeon.
Totally incorrect.
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Morning rides all the time, weather permintting

Prostitute? Nobody threw out prostitution? Is the OP that ugly? Just kidding, there is no 401K or benefits, and the recruiters
get nasty if quotas aren't met.
But seriously Nick, working second shift somewhere would be good for you.
As much as I hate second shift, it's absolutely great for working out and cycling.
The roads here clear of morining traffic just after 9 am, plenty of time to train, I'm surrounded by country roads with rollers, just beautiful.
Get up early, take baby girl to school, down some nutrition, hit the gym or the road (gym and trainer lately, too cold!).
After that, I have time to clean up, eat again and take care of stuff around the house.
Or go to appointments, no need to burn a vacation time for those on second.
It's hell on family life though. I will go back to first at first opportunity. Hopefully this year.
Would consider a move back to second shift later in life though.
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Originally Posted by donrhummy View Post
you're complaining about 9-5?! that leaves you worth a lot of time to bike before and after. most people I know work 9-8 which is not only longer but wears everyone out
It was a generalization. Who knows I might wind up as one of those 9-8ers :/
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Anything 40 hrs weekdays leaves a lot of free time. Bonus if you ride to work. But I think the job has to be engaging. I'm a structural engineer, I sit at a desk all day and I'm bored out of my skull. Think about riding and training when I should be modeling buildings. It's really stressful to have no focus at work. I either have to quit, or hang on and make money until I go 100% insane, or get fired, whichever comes first.

After work I coach gymnastics 3 days. It's so fun I don't think about riding or even going home. I'd do that 40 hrs, but it pays 40% less and I'd have to work too many race weekends.

Trying to figure something out.
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Totally incorrect.
Of course. They put in the worst hours in the world. I said it for grins.
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Dentistry. Good money, lots of time off.
... and it's the profession with the highest rate of suicide.
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Stay at home husband.
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Pool Boy sounds interesting...

Wonder how I'd look in a sequined thong... Would my wife mind?
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Stay at home husband.
this, of course is the best answer if the kids are at least out of the house.

for the record, though, my wife stays at home, she physically works 10x harder than I do, while it sounds good, in reality, for a lot of people, managing the house is a lot more work than most realize
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Bartender in a not too busy but posh and expensive bar. You work nights and have the days to ride. Sounds ideal.
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Bartender in a not too busy but posh and expensive bar. You work nights and have the days to ride. Sounds ideal.
unless you are getting out of work at 3am
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General surgeon.
I appears that surgeon wouldn't be a good choice according to a couple of respondents. But how about anesthetist, either MD or assistant? Don't they generally work the early morning surgery hours? What do they do after that?
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I appears that surgeon wouldn't be a good choice according to a couple of respondents. But how about anesthetist, either MD or assistant? Don't they generally work the early morning surgery hours? What do they do after that?
Booze it up at posh expensive bars until 3am.
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...how about anesthetist, either MD or assistant? Don't they generally work the early morning surgery hours? What do they do after that?
Self medicate?
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^^^^^yeah.
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Sales:
Once your territory is established there are many days in the week that are slower than others. Sales has a rhythm with usually the first of the month, first 2 weeks busy and then tapering off towards the end of the month for cost control and inventories. you can aalso work out of your house depending on what kind of sales job you have. i was a salesman for 30 years and there was always ample time for riding. obviously scheduling is a major aspect of your time management, but once you get that part down everything just fits together.
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