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May 04, 2007



Sara, you aren't walking off into the unknown--you're totally walking into the KNOWN! You know and love cycling and writing about it is a passion for you, so your comfort at the new position will hold you steady. You will be fine--you're cute as a bug, you have talent and personality, and people will love to work with you. A formula for success, for sure! And guess what, if for some reason it doesn't work out there are always regular jobs to go apply for, but very few jobs that have you hopping up and down in your seat while watching a stage race, or staying up long into the night because you've been moved by an athlete's performance and you just have to capture the mood in print. Go for it! You will be a happier person/wife/mom. You will be a happier Sara! We're holding the rope, you'll be fine!


Sara, that is too cool for words and I am sooo PROUD of you! This is what it's all about... going for the gusto because life is short. My dream is for my husband to do the same thing you just did. He would kill to quit his job. Anyway, HIGH FIVE, girl!!!


Oh, Sara!! I'm so proud of you! You are going to be great!! We just want to come along for the ride!!


WOOO HOOO!!! CONGRATS and good for you! That is a big step, but probably the scariest part was just making the decision, right? That is really EXCITING Sara! So glad you're taking the chance and going for it :)


There would be many more happier people out there if they did what you just did, Sara. I read about people who quit their jobs, and struggle for a while, maybe more than that, but not often do I read that they regret it in the long run.

I admire it even more because you're a writer! Writing is not one of my talents or skills, so I guess it makes it more AWE-some sounding to me.



I absolutely agree with Cathy's assessment! The appeal of a "day job" is the false sense of security it gives you. Some people truely need an organization to feel a part of (but you find other peer groups when on your own), an organization to provide health benefits, pension or simply someone to take care of the bookeeping. The later you can hire someone to do if need be. The pension you can fund with IRA's. Health benefits are trickier, but still possible if your profession has a union or collective of some sort, which I think writers do (?). Mostly, I think people believe they are less at risk of unemployment working for an organization. These days, it just isn't true.

I suspect you will feel a rush or creativeity that comes with newness. I always become very productve and parts of my brain get reactivated when starting something new. Even my memory improves in order to learn the new procedures, concepts or simply the work flow. It is soooo energizing.

So, congratulations, great work, good on ya, and yes, we have your rope!!!!

Big hug and kiss - muah!

susie b

YAHOO! This is your celebration!
Yahoo! This is your celebration!

Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)

There's a party going on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, & your laughter too
We gonna celebrate YOUR PARTY WITH YOU!

Come on now

Let's all CELEBRATE & have a good time!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! This is freakin' fantastic!
We are SO PROUD of you! I am just filled with admiration. To leave the safety of a known thing & venture into the unknown; to embark on your dreams! Marty would be SO proud too! You've gotta tell MD! I'm slappin you a bunch of looong distance High Fives & doing the Dance of Joy!

Ok, so here's my vision : Sara & Cathy & Marty are all over in France during July & ALL writing up 1st-hand accounts of THE race we all know & adore! Each with their own unique perspective & all greedily devoured by their slavishly devoted readers. Uh, that would be us. Along with thousands/millions more! Plus, Pedal magazine realized after Sara's super interview with Greg Lemond that she would be the PERFECT person to do video interviews during the TDF & they/she will be seen nonstop on their website! And at some point during the race, Sara & Cathy meet up with CDB (aka Matt), & thusly, they will have 1st hand knowledge of all the COSMIC DISTURBANCE that will ensue, so that their articles/video will be picked up by AP & viewed round the world! And we'll never hear from them again, as they'll both be superstahs! Wait, I need to rethink my vision! :) :)


As far as health benefits, don't all Canadians have access? We Americans don't have that luxury....

Susie, you may have Al Trautwig shakin' in his boots with that vision!


Yay Sara! I think this would be a splendid time to go clipless too....go for it all at once :)


Congrats Sara! Oh, how I've dreamed of doing the same, if only it weren't for those pesky law school loans. It's great you have the opportunity to go for it, good for you!


Naw, not clipless, topless! Makes for interesting interviews....the French will appreciate it, so will the Italians (can you imagine the three musketeers, driving across France in one car, writing wildly with Sara out the sunroof au natural? Now, there would be a cosmic disturbance). I like susieb's 'vision.' (btw susieb, where's your Crusoes comment?)


Good luck, Sara! :)


Hey! Did you guys see that Chris Horner has the leader's jersey after Stage 4 of the Tour de Romandie?? I can't help buy like that guy -- he always seems to give good interviews :) Good for him!!

Oh, and I received my bike trailer today for my little girlie! After pestering nearly EVERYONE I know (thanks Sara!) who might have or know someone who has/had a kid trailer, I finally bit the bullet and forked over the money to get a nice one. I haven't even had a chance to open the box yet, but I'm very excited to be able to bike whenever I want to now that I can take the little one along!! Can't wait to put it together and try it out -- empty for the first few times of course!


It's so neat to see Chris in a yellow jersey!!! He's realistic about his chances in the TT. But podium would really cool!!

Janann, I've heard pulling one of those is like pulling a parachute behind you! Report please, on how you do!


Sara! I just have to chime in and wish you the "BEST".:) I SO admire your courage in making this decision, great things happens when you follows your dreams. We are watching a rising star! COOL!
I have read this blog and Marty's every day since their inception, first time writing though. Yea Sara!


Welcome LindaLoo! So glad you commented. Keep talking, we like new perspectives.


I don't get the "Bicycling" magazine, but since you guys mentioned it, I came across a blog that mentioned it as well. He refers to the overly abundant advertising as "bicycle porn" (great term). Here's the link, and here's a part of the blog I really liked (below); especially the section about scents:

Need for the Bike
(Below all quoted from Cycledog's blog)

I found this English translation through the Tulsa City-County Library:

Need for the Bike,
Paul Fournel, 2001
Translated by Allan Stoekl
ISBN 0-8032-6909-9
University of Nebraska Press

The appendix, “Sur le Tour de France 1996” has been omitted from this English language edition.

Unlike the overly commercialized Bicycling magazine, this book is about actually riding bicycles! Imagine that. The orientation is toward racing, but there's a wealth of material in this slim book, and it's varied enough to appeal to nearly any rider of any age or any experience level. It's easy to write about equipment. It's far more difficult to write about the inner state of a rider's mind.

“I bear the marks of my biker's tan all winter. It's my second skin. I derive neither shame nor glory from it. I take it on, and , with the first rays of spring sun, I put down another layer.

One day I was at the pool and a kid yelled at me: 'Hey pops, you forgot your bike!'

It's hard to stay incognito.”

“You can read a cyclist by his legs.”

“When we take off, side by side, in the early morning, we have so much to say to each other. We haven't seen each other since the day before, a week before, a year before, but soon we're breathing together, talking together.....I have cycling friends I see only on the bike – I wouldn't recognize them in a suit and a tie. I have cycling friends I see all the time.“

“A great concert takes place just after a rain, when the road surface is still steaming from the storm and the deep odors of the world ascend from the earth. The sun, just back, dries your jersey and draws out of tour own body the aroma of wool and salt. The smell of water gradually dissipates and for a quarter of an hour you feel as if you're riding inside a truffle.”

There's much, much more in this slim volume. It's the sort of book you could blast through in an evening, if so inclined. Many of the pieces had some particular resonance with me, evoking memories of rides long ago that had been sadly forgotten. One description of the odors encountered along the road made me think of a ride on the aptly named Fiddler's Elbow Road somewhere near Middletown, PA. It twisted and turned, never straight or flat for long. I remember smelling an apple orchard half a mile before I entered it.

I suspect that any cyclist reading this book will stumble over similar, long forgotten memories.

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