I’ve been in the outdoor industry for 6ish years now.
That is 6 years of learning about running, cycling and anything and everything fitness related. 6 years of technical jargon about “moisture wicking fabrics” and “9, 10 and 11 speed cassettes.” 6 years of pro deals, bike flipping and new running shoes every few months. 6 years of clinics, trade shows and studying the new season’s catalogs. 6 years of new technology and new faces and new trends.
And, unfortunately, 6 years of being talked down to. 6 years of the question “Oh, you ride a bike?” 6 years of people telling me I don’t know what I’m talking about. 6 years of people assuming that I’m “just a salesperson” who doesn’t have a passion for the sport/industry she decided to dedicate her life to. 6 years of entitled douchebags who look at me like a piece of meat when I am trying to sell them a bicycle. 6 years of trying and trying and trying and trying and trying not to bothered by this all…..
I need a break from it all. I need a break from trying. I need a break from proving myself on a daily basis.
I quit my job with, what many would say, is “the best” clothing company in my industry. I quit because I was not happy. I quit because I was tired.
Now I’m moving into a new direction. I’m going to start working with one of my other hobbies. I’m going to start working in coffee. I have some opportunities with a roaster/cafe that I love, whose passion I find inspiring.
I am incredibly excited and also very nervous about this change of pace. However, I know that I made the right decision. I needed something to shake me up, and I think this is just the thing.
New beginnings are always invigorating.
This blog has fallen by the wayside. I was so insanely busy with work, and then I quit my job, and now I am riding. A lot.
So I will try and update it more often, but I can’t promise anything. I am, however, still updating my “regular” tumblr here - emilyraee
Check it out, and stay tuned. Emily on her bike = happy, healthy Emily with little time for interneting, and lots of time for fun.
I got super stoked to tell him that Fuglsang is on my Fantasy Vuelta team.
(Yeah….I made a fantasy vuelta team. I’m a dork. But I’m already the winner in my mini-league.)
And yeah…..Brian Nygaard came into my work today to watch the Vuelta. Did I also mention how much I love my job???
Best. Job. Ever.