During the 3 years I had at Greenlee I held that full time job (Often exceeding 40 hours a week to get stuff done off the clock) and spent 10-15 hours training. Many still don’t have a clue how I did it. I had a brain injury and wasn’t expected to live.
Let me back up, before that day I held a FT job with McDonald’s, went to school/college full time, was a member of the Army National Guard, and still had time for friends and family. I was nuts but I made it work somehow. Life was great.
But in less than 15 seconds that had changed. In the months that past I was medically discharged from the military, lost my job at McDonald’s, dropped from College, and many of my “friends” had disappeared. I was back to square 0.000000000000000000000000000001.
When I was able to return to the workforce I can’t even remember how many applications I put in. The very last Application I put it I got an interview and landed the job. But at the same time I had the option of cycling full time. I was torn and didn’t know what to do.
Well back to my old self in the new me, I thought I could still train and work at the same time. My weekday started around 3 am where I could bike a couple hours before taking a nap, getting a nap, and often being the first to arrive at work. I was one of the last few to leave often. And I went to bed around 11pm. Yes I was crazy. It wasn’t always a good idea to go with that little amount of sleep, I slept in a little bit on the weekends.
But I knew that the training would eventually pay off so it continued. I was classified as a T1 in the USA and if you know the paracycling classifications you know how rare that was. I believe there was another T1 in the USA but she wasn’t racing. Oh how great this could be! I could help Team USA win more than currently.
But then I went to South Africa and I was classified as T2. I was devastated but that didn’t keep me from the training. I kept at it and now more determined to make it in this new class. I’m still trying. I think I am better at holding up the rear.
That insane schedule lasted for my than 3 years but ended when I was used and probably found out something that was done incorrectly. Now I have all the time in the world to ride again.
My 40 hours at work has turned into 20 plus hours of cycling and networking. I love it. What are you known for? What is something crazy that you have done to make it in this world?