Quick update on the state of things
I wanted to post a brief update on what’s been happening since the blog I posted about a week ago (“Taking some time off, big changes happening…“).
First, and foremost, I want to thank everyone who contacted me with moral support, job leads and ideas. I was inspired and touched by the outpouring. I promise to answer every email, but I am lagging behind.
One of the reasons I’m behind on everything is that last Tuesday I came down with the flu, and I got it bad. I was pretty much bed-ridden all last week, from Tuesday through Friday. Full body aches, headache, stomach issues, sore throat, burning lungs, weak, tired, fever… the whole nine. That was the sickest I’ve been in many, many years. It sucked.
So last week was basically lost. Instead of focusing on a new career, I spent most of my time curled up in the fetal position wishing for death.
I realize this was not terribly bright, but I kept my riding streak alive last week (it currently stands at 777 consecutive days). I still have no idea how I did it, but I went out and rode every day that I was sick, and exceeded my self-imposed minimum standard of 10 miles for a ride to count. A couple of those days I came very close to ending the streak, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Anyway, the streak lives on.
On Saturday morning I finally started feeling better. That was a huge relief, as the second time trial race in the CFL Holiday series was on Monday (yesterday). I figured that even if I wasn’t at 100%, at least I’d be able to race (and I did). I even beat my time from the first race (same course), so I made a decent showing. I’ll have a full report on the race when I return.
As for my career, one advantage of laying in bed all day for four straight days is that I had a lot of time to think. I’ve got some solid leads on IT jobs, and while I may have to fall back to one of those opportunities, I’m seriously considering starting my own business. I’ve got a few ideas that I’m kicking around, and I may even launch a couple of them at the same time.
No, not a bike shop. I wish. Yes, I’d love to open a bike shop. Cycling is clearly a huge passion, and to open a bike shop would be amazing. Problem is, I don’t have the startup capital, and even if I did, most small bike shops don’t turn a profit and wind up closing. Obviously that’s not always the case, but the numbers are pretty discouraging. I need to start earning a good living again within the next few months, period.
So this week I’ll be really focusing on fleshing out some of my business ideas, and seeing if I can come up with viable business plans for the ideas I deem worthy.
Taking another job in IT is the safe route, but I am feeling a strong compulsion to jump. Those of you who sent me that video know what I’m talking about. Thanks for that. 🙂
Thanks again for all the support, and for your patience. I’ll be back as soon as I can.