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Up and Coming… 1 Year Countdown

July 13, 2011

Up and Coming… 1 Year Countdown

4 years ago, when I was still in up-and-comer territory. Clock is ticking!

I was reading an article in Glamour magazine last week that really struck a chord/scared the crap out of me. It was about hitting the “quarter life crisis,” and while it was supposed to be an article about why turning 30 isn’t so bad, it made me pretty nervous. The woman wrote about how, at 25, she realized that whatever she did (published a book, became a CEO, struck it rich in the stock market, et cetera), she would no longer be doing it as an “up and comer.” That is, no one would be surprised at how young she was when she accomplished those tasks.

Being 24, that made me pretty nervous when it hit me that she was right. Since I was 12, I’ve been under the impression that I would “make it big.” Of course, at 12, I was going to make it big as a marine biologist, or maybe a detective, but that’s not the point. And I always thought it would come sooner, rather than later.

And in cycling it’s even worse. Heck, if you’re 17 and just getting your Pro license, you’re practically ancient. So at 24, there’s even more pressure on. So at 24 and only a Cat 3, I’m woefully behind the times. Thankfully, the women in cyclocross and triathlon tend to be a bit older, so I still have a chance.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is that I am in serious countdown mode: 340 days left before I am officially no longer an “up and comer” in any industry. This includes my racing, my writing and my career. So, with that being said, I have a whole lot to get done in the next 340 days. It’s gonna happen. And of course, I’ll be keeping you all updated on how it’s going.

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  1. I had the unfortunately scary experience, as a freshman at uni, seeing my upperclass housemates going through change-of-life crises upon their 20th birthdays. OTOH, I'm 51 and for most things my self-image is 15-20 years younger than that. While age is just a number for us, it's another thing that can be used for -- or against -- us in the marketplace.That said, 25 is pretty early. 30-35 is more of the cut-off point for most industries.

    • You just made me feel much better, thanks!!

  2. Been there, wore the self depressed T-Shirt, realised it was not an issue, got on with riding my bike.At 26 starting a PhD i had the opinion that I'd never make it in the world of academic ability. Age means nothing. Commitment everything.G

    • You're totally right. It's such an arbitrary thing anyway! I don't think I'm in the self-depressed tshirt (or at least, I wasn't for more than 20 minutes.) If anything, the article just served to remind me to get moving on some stuff, so I guess I should be thnaking them, despite the obvious BS?

  3. mary

    Molly, You rock. I cheered for ya! Having had the luxury of being a Cat 3... i think i made right choice going with the 3/4.See ya next year! Keep riding. Keep smiling. You are completely adorable.m

    • Haha I think you made a much smarter decision than me! 4 weeks off the bike did not prep me for that weekend!Hopefully I'll be back next year, I had a blast :)

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