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Change & Moving Forward

Many of you know that my biggest challenge here in running the site is simply time.  Or rather, lack thereof.  There are just not enough hours in the day for me to enjoy writing here and enjoy answering your questions, all the while working full time travelling the world for my day job.

Well, I’m here to announce one of those two is going out the window.

Yup, this week was my last week….at work.

A bit of background:

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I’ve been in the IT industry since I left high school a bit over 15 years ago – straight into a full time job the Monday after high school ended.  No summer break, or college, rather – a career that started about 36 hours after the graduation ceremony.

It wasn’t entirely on accident, or due to lack of interest in going to college (I had applied and been accepted to those I was interested in).  While in high school I had a small software ‘company’ (just me) and developed some programs (this was before they were just called ‘apps’).  That caused a bit of interest in me during my senior year of high school from a variety of companies.  All of which resulted in accepting an offer at the end of my senior year…for a salary slightly more than my paper delivery route job was offering.

Timing was everything, and ultimately I don’t think one would be able to make the same leap in today’s age.  After a year of interesting work at a non-profit organization (in IT), I jumped over to the Fortune 500 world working in what at the time was one of the largest banks in the US (they’ve since been swallowed by Chase).  Within that realm I worked on fast paced mergers and acquisitions, from the IT side.  The speed of work there was mind-boggling, but incredibly fun.  80+ hour work weeks were common, but the tight-knit team I was on as we travelled constantly made it worthwhile.

One day some folks from Redmond gave me a ring with an offer I couldn’t refuse, and a few months later I found myself being relocated to Washington DC (from Seattle, oddly enough).  I’ve been with the company since – nearly 12 years.  While I rarely talked about what precisely I did in my day job – it’s actually been an ‘open secret’ to anyone willing to Google Bing my name (or, to all of the companies that have asked) – usually the very first search result in fact.  I often spoke at conferences and conventions for my day job, and over the years some of those presentations have made their way to the interwebs.  In fact, it’s not uncommon for me to go into work meetings (with people outside the company) and have folks recognize me from the DCR world.  Kinda funny.  As for inside the company, anyone within my extended team knew about the blog, as did many triathletes and runners in the company.  My bosses (and peers) over the years have been awesome and supportive.

Within my day job I’ve been in customer facing roles, essentially helping to architect and design our products for large organizations.  While living in DC I was focused on customers in that region, and while in Paris I focused on large scale datacenter customers globally (think the Verizon’s of the world, and various others in the government space).

Since graduation each of those 15 years I’ve traveled no less than 100,000 miles a year on a plane.  Though more recently, I’m averaging 200,000-350,000 miles a year on a plane.  It’s simply been a lot of flying.  No doubt the work I was doing and have done in the past has been incredibly interesting.  I’ve been places and seen things that most will never get the chance to do, because of my day job.  How many people get to travel the world to new countries every week on someone else’s dime?  A mix of places from major metropolitan and cosmopolitan cities like Cape Town, Beijing, Sydney, Rome, and countless more – to places you and I have never heard of before.  Sometimes it’s a hidden gem out there.

I’ve been to 79 countries, mostly as a result of my job.  Even my vacations I couldn’t have ever afforded without the countless miles and hotel points behind them – mostly from my work travels.

But what I didn’t love was being away from home, and being away from The Girl that much.  And more than that – the exhaustion.  Put simply: The blog is a full time ‘night’ job (and then some).  And my ‘day’ job was also a full-time job.  As I’ve alluded to on various podcasts, doing both forever was simply an impossibility.

Making Change:

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Of course, this wasn’t some random decision we made over a plate of snails. Rather, it’s a process that The Girl and I started over a year ago (actually, about 20 months now). Yes, people could have had two children in less time than this process has taken.  That shift required an immense amount of paperwork be filed in order to be able to continue living in France doing the blog full time and also continue running her business (the CupCakery & Cake Studio locations).

As you might expect, not much happens fast in government, and that’s especially true here.  So the process plodded along, with many 2 steps forwards and 18 steps backwards moments.  The whole concept of running a website (let alone something called a ‘blog’) full time in France got looks of bewilderment and ‘Non, Très bizarre!’

So we kept trying, and finally late this past summer we got all the green lights required to make the shift.  Back about a month ago I put in my letter of resignation (a surprisingly complex affair here) and Monday was the final day.  I closed up my work laptop for the final time that afternoon.  Of course, as you saw last week – that wasn’t quite without just one last trip.  That one to Newark, Delaware over those final few days.  Like I said, not everywhere I was sent was Sydney or Singapore.

Still, I did love my day job.  Make no mistake – if there was a way I could continue doing both and find another 10-15 hours in the day – I’d be there in a heartbeat.

Going Forward:

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So what changes around here at the blog?  Well honestly, hopefully not too much.  At worst I might get more consistent (gasp!).  Perhaps my e-mail queue will shrink a bit.  Or maybe even the product review queue will shrink.  There are of course a ton of ideas for new things to write about, implement and do, that I’ve just not had the time to do.

Or perhaps, and much more likely – I’ll get to enjoy a bit more of what we came to Europe to do.  And get to enjoy more time with The Girl (and little Lucy of course), and seeing the parts of the world that I haven’t seen (and sharing it with you).  While I’ve no doubt been to more countries than most, I haven’t necessarily seen those places.  I’d be in for a meeting for a few hours and then gone.  The only thing I’d see would be what was between the airport and the office, save for a quick run that I might post here.

Maybe The Girl and I will take a slew of trips just to see the world.  And maybe we’ll make some more big changes…you’ll just have to wait and see.

Thanks for reading – and most importantly – thanks for supporting the blog, be it just reading as a lurker, or supporting it in other ways.  Obviously, without that support, I couldn’t have made the leap I made today.

Have a great weekend all!

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552 Comments

  1. Julien G

    Congratulations Ray on the big move. I am sure it was not an easy decision but it is one that was very well thought out. All the best your future endeavours.

    • Jake Lindstrom

      Ray- I read your blog on a daily basis…. for both tech and just to see another “life.”

      Big step…. hard decision….

      Well done.

      Eyes forward

  2. Scott

    Mazel tov Ray!

  3. Christopher P

    Congrats Ray! Hope a handful of happiness follows your decision.

  4. Francis

    Bonne chance, Ray!
    Time to learn French :)

  5. Matt

    Woot, you just made thousands of people very happy (and probably a few tech developers very nervous). Now back to work – Edge 520 review please :)

  6. RAFrisk2

    My heart sank, I thought you were shutting down the blog. Wishing you the best in your new chapter. I truly enjoy your posts.

  7. slartiblartfast

    Bravo Ray! Following your weekly travels has been a hell of a ride, but all that travelling kept you away from home most of the time. In the longer term it was never going to be sustainable. Obviously, the alternative to quitting your job was to axe the website. This way you, The Girl as well as all your online followers will be the winners.

  8. Jason N

    Congrats on the big move Ray. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for all of us readers. If you were able to get all of the blog done on such limited time, I can only imagine where it will go full time. Best wishes!

  9. Mike

    Congrats on the big change! Looking forward to following your continuing journey on the blog.

  10. AT

    Well done!

    Not many people would be able to give up what you just gave up for DCR. You have my (and I believe many others) support!

    Keep up the good work on DCR!

  11. Doron

    Ray

    Congrate

  12. Elliot

    Congratulations Ray! Very happy you chose the blog or your other job. Do you still have the desire to keep travelling? Or do you want to settle down a bit more? Keep up the great work!

  13. Gerald

    Good luck to you and the family!

  14. Andras

    Congrats for the decision and for the changes.

  15. Paul in Kirkland

    Congrats, Ray. As someone who made the jump from the same company a few years back, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Hopefully I’ll meet you someday either back here at home, or dropping by Bertie’s in Paris. I’d pretty the latter to be honest :)

  16. There more to Live and you clearly know that. Congrats on your success and future I am sure you got that sorted pretty well. Bravo.

  17. Tommy

    Well, congrats on following through. Despite your well written post, I can’t imagine to depth of emotion(both ends) that this step took. May you, The Girl and Lucy continue reaping the benefit of an enjoyed life – and now more so!!

  18. Lutfi

    Congrats Ray! I never knew how you had time for a full time job, DCR reviews, helping The Girl w her company, workouts and plain living, but you seemed to make it all work.

    I’m (very selfishly) happy we’ll be seeing more from you on DCR. Congrats again!

    Ps: small typo, I think you mean 1,000,000 miles (said with pinky in mouth a la Austin Powers)

  19. John Bergquist

    Congratulations on the life-changing decision! I have no doubt you’ll be very happy with this change. As an IT professional of over 25 years myself, I can relate to the stresses you’ve faced (though I don’t have the benefit/curse of travel).

    Keep doing what you’re doing; you are truly appreciated and an inspiration to others!

  20. bennomac

    Good luck! I’m sure you will have a heap of support from everyone

  21. David

    First of all congratulations! As a former IT/Management consultant, I can definitely identify (where do I live? United Airlines…), as an expat American (NZ -> Australia) big ups for getting approval for permanent residence in France. I can’t wait to see what you will do with all of that freed up time ;-)

  22. Congratulations Ray!!

  23. Nicole

    Thank you for not leaving us! And congratulations on the big move forward! I’m excited to see where it goes.

  24. martinsoz

    this post requires a “Like” button ;)
    congrats!

  25. Rob

    Congratulations! Good luck working part time (++) on the blog and part time (+++) at the CupCakery. I hear that The Girl’s a pretty tough boss.

  26. Iain

    Congrats… I hope you take at least one day off to enjoy Paris in the fall!

  27. Jesus

    Looking your website long time ago. Very inspiring, you are very good in doing that. Good luck Ray.

  28. fisao

    I wish you the best in your future endeavours and thank you for all your work. Bonne chance pour ta vraie vie parisienne.

  29. Damo

    wahooo!!! goodluck!

  30. Kevdwyer

    Thanks for the many hours reading your blog and reviews, and best wishes for a happy and successful future with the girl.

  31. Congratulations Ray. I hope it all pans out the way you’re hoping and planning.

    I was pretty worried there for a minute though. I thought you were going to say that you were going to stop doing the blog or give it to someone else to do!!!

    All the best.

  32. Robin

    I’m happy for you and The Girl! Any changes coming up that might make a mother a grandmother?

  33. Maarten

    Well done!

    Now get that European partner program you once mentioned in the podcast up and running for more financial support!

  34. phil

    for one moment…..
    brave choice and all the best – bound to be a success

  35. Chris G

    Wow, good effort. It takes cash to live and I for one would be happy to contribute to read what you write. I guess you make a little from clever training / Amazon, but I don’t buy new kit that often… Any other ways available? New line DCR apparel?

  36. Henrik

    I wish you, the Girl and Lucy all the luck!

    It is indeed a big step and a huge decision, I like that. We have done a similar thing with my family (wife and two sons) and we haven’t regretted it for a second.

    Thanks for all the reviews, blogposts, photos etc, I can’t buy or look for sport tech stuff without reading your webpage first.
    Your webpage is a corner stone in a lot of people training life and planning.

    One again I wish all three of you the best of luck!

  37. S-Go

    Congratulations on being able to make a good living in a place you want, doing what you love. More power to you.

  38. S-Go

    Also, Microsoft eh? That explains a lot. (sorry, couldn’t resist)

  39. Ben

    Happy for you Ray!

  40. Being able to make this choice is reward for all the incredible work you have done on the blog over the years Ray. Chapeau!

  41. Chris Barber

    Congratulations.

  42. Dave Lusty

    Hope all goes well for you Ray, we’ve all been amazed how much effort you put in while also working. I can’t believe you were only on a month notice period! I also can’t believe you’re not going to continue being the busiest human alive, you don’t seem to have the concept of resting nailed down :)

  43. Richard Schauder

    Best of luck!!!

  44. Ibeti

    Congrats Ray:-)
    I am happy that your changes won’t impact DCR in a negative way, but happier that you will have more time for the Girl! Travel is wonderful, but its very taxing for the body, spririt and relationships …
    Looking forward to the next chapter in the Rainmaker saga … :-)

  45. Harald

    wow, big change!

    all the best for the future for the three of you and thankyou for countless hours of reading this blog
    (now, if I trained instead reading… wow *g*)

  46. Jan

    Congratulations!

  47. Doug

    Awesome news Ray. Wishing you & the Girl all the best on this next chapter.

    Does this mean you might get to enter some more races? Always good to read about them but sadly been missing from the blog of late

  48. Matt Leary

    Congrats on making such a big decision (without disappointing your many many readers) and best of luck for the ‘simpler’ life that to the rest of us would still seem too crazy busy to be able to be lead by a normal person.

  49. Wai

    thanks Ray for sharing! It has been a great journey with you when I discovered your blog, hope this journey does not end yet :-) Keep up the great work you are doing!

  50. Mark

    I hope the change goes well for you. Sounds marvellous.

  51. Big move, it sounds great! I often wondered how you managed to keep both going. Best of luck Ray, look forward to reading more of your thoughts.

  52. John

    Brave decision – well done!

  53. marian

    congratulations! enjoy.

  54. Wim Schelfaut

    Wish you a lot of succes on the new (full-time) direction!

  55. Matt

    Ha ha, how long before the Girl says she preferred it when you were away all week?
    Congratulations on the change, MS’s loss is our gain.
    Oh and as a newly frequent traveller I must confess your ideas for getting workouts in while away from home and how to wash running kit in hotels have been as useful as your reviews.

  56. mucher

    Best of luck!

  57. Ubrab

    Great news Ray, really happy for you both!

  58. Henry

    Congrats. Good luck to you and the family!

  59. Stipek

    Congrats to your step, bit where’s the Minimaker? :)

  60. Kevin

    Congratulations ! Best wishes and good luck for the future, it’ll be great.

  61. Rob

    About time! Well done.

  62. DomiC

    All the best !

  63. Nathan

    Congratulations Ray, best wishes on you continued endeavours!

  64. Fab

    Best wishes for your decision (and for your personal bests, that I assume will be dramatically improven from now on)!

    It always sounds so funny to me when you say that everything in Europe (Italy here) turns out to be a complex affair: we’re so used to it that we barely notice the problem any more, but you’re sooo right.

    Anyway… we’re expecting some RayMakerMade Limited Edition Bertie’s Cupcakes pics within the next few posts. You should find a way to keep yourself busy from now on, after all :)

  65. Rafal

    Working for MS and not making a Band review? Just kidding, good luck!

  66. MANUEL CORTES FERNANDEZ

    Congrats!!!
    Good Luck in this new challenge…

  67. ioz

    Well, congrats man. Enjoy life.

  68. Jarek

    Great !!! Congratulations !!!
    Always loved your blog and I’m sure it will be even better now.
    Best of luck to you and The Girl !

  69. RC

    Congrats. You are fantastic at your night job and i hope you continue to succeed at it.

  70. Dan Robach

    All the best to you and your family in the future!

  71. Neil Strenge

    Wow!…. big move.. congrats… very pleased for you!…

  72. Koen B

    This seems like a logical step forward. Can’t wait to see you focus on all these new developments. Especially the smart shoes and soles that have been promoted lately. Good luck to you and the girl!

  73. Paul Mitton

    Congratulations! So glad you’ve chosen to continue this blog, one of the best sites on the net

  74. gert

    Very brave decision.
    Good luck to you, the Girl and of course to Lucy.
    Enjoy

  75. Stepan

    Good job, man.
    I think there comes the age of a man, when one needs to settle a bit, enjoy family, maybe some kids, etc.,
    This happened to me and many others around me, so I thhink this shift is a human nature.
    Carpe diem, it’s short.

  76. Congratulations on making your passion your new job, and more reaching the holy grail of blogging… making a living out of it!!
    just out of curiosity, what was your role in MS? I’m a .NET web developer and MS MVP in software development… and a triathlete as well :)

  77. Nick M

    Congratulations Ray! It’s no doubt a big move but what you’ve created here is really something special and unique. Good luck to the whole Maker family and I look forward to following all your news.

  78. Volker

    This is one small step for mankind, but one giant leap for you and your family.

    Good luck and all the best!

  79. JoeriB

    Congrats Ray, brave decision! It’s a good decision for us as readers of your blog, I do think some people in the sports tech. industry will get a bit a nervous now!
    Good luck with the family, I really whish for you all goes well there and some possible family “extension” there will be the biggest change in your life ;-). Kudos to you and the Girl.

  80. Julien

    Great move Ray.

    Enjoy it!

  81. Torkil S

    Cobgratulations, Ray, and best of luck to you and your little trio!

  82. srewdriver

    Good luck!

  83. Mathieu D

    Congrats! Now you can enjoy France… come visit Lyon and i’ll be glad to take you around for a run!

  84. Thank you!, Count on my support.

  85. Charles Zappone

    Congrats on the new adventure

  86. Jamie

    Ray,

    Some people would say if you want to be successful in life do something which you enjoy. You obviously enjoy this blog and the background detail which helps it to run and be very very popular. A few people within my office have found this blog independently of my recommendations. I genuinely wish you the best of luck with the continued running of the blog and what ever directions you and the girl take. You deserve this success and I hope that it continues.

    When you get big enough if you need someone to work for you in London let me know. :o)

    Jamie

  87. Adam

    All the best with Your new ideas.
    And sthg more… the last sentence (“And maybe well make some more big changes… you’ll just have to wait and see.”) kind of makes me wonder how long it will take until we will hear about little Ray :-P?
    Enjoy family time!

  88. Obviously the right decision.

    I’ve spent many hours reading your work so am delighted it will continue.

    Hurry up with the European partnership – I’ve got money I want to throw at you!

  89. Pawel

    Congratulations! Right move!

  90. “this was before they were just called ‘apps’”

    Hahaha, that had me actually LOLing. Nice one Ray!

  91. Neil Tungate

    Best wishes and good luck to you both.

  92. Rowlarry

    Ray,

    Just like to thank you for the time you have put in to date, and the best of luck in the future.

    Your site has proven invaluable for all of us with an interest in this sphere, and helped me get through many boring hours at work. Here’s wishing you make a success of what must have been a very difficult choice.

  93. Thomas Hunt

    Congratulations and good luck!
    Your web site has been my go to for all news and reviews for a long time now.
    Keep up the fantastic work!

  94. Garry Curley

    Great news Ray. I have been following you from the start, and cannot wait to see where you will end up.

    Change is good.

    PS: More free time had best mean more Lucy posts :)

  95. Axell

    All best Ray, Girl and Lucy!

  96. Patrick M

    Always inspiring to read about such drastic life-changing career moves! Congrats :-)

  97. Erik

    Congratulations … Enjoy your newly freedom … As my grandmother always said: “One door closes another opens”

  98. Tomasz

    Good luck Ray!
    I’m confident you’ll keep doing the great job here, as surely you did in your day job!

    Best of luck!

  99. Andreas

    All the best for you. Love this great site!

  100. Giulio

    Congrats Ray for the big change! It takes a lot to made decisions like this, I wish all the best for your future!

  101. DavidG

    Good choice. Life is for living

  102. Karim

    Congrats Ray! New beginnings are exciting especially when you can enjoy them with The Girl! Love the blog and looking forward to your next post–I must admit I was not sure how you balanced the blog, the day job and had time forTthe Girl. Something had to give….

  103. Congratulations to you both!

    Probably feels good to finally get there after 20 months :-)

    Been following your site for few years and so pleased for you, looking forward to seeing what you do :-)

  104. Staszek

    Great decision! I can’t say how much i admire you for managing full time travelling job, blog, such a detailed reviews etc.
    You have to have some time for The Girl and yourself of course. Life is just too short and time pass by very quickly!
    Good luck!

  105. Rogge

    Wish you all the best. Great blog. Great choice.

  106. Glenn

    Congratulations to you, the Girl, Lucy and all the dedicated readers to this blog!

  107. Sean

    Courageous move, but it sounds like the right decision. Wish you all the luck. Greetings from Germany.

  108. Congratulations, Ray! With your dedication and attention to detail I’m sure that you will be missed by Microsoft, but good for you in taking that final leap back to controlling your own destiny. May life’s cupcakes remain sweet!

  109. Chris C.

    Good luck in this new phase of your life!

  110. Matt C

    Many congrats Ray and well done for making a brave but timely move. You run a great site, cant wait for more!

  111. Congrats on your move. I will continue to be a dedicated lurker/stalker and supporter buying all my stuff from either Clever Training or Amazon links. Since discovering your sight I have bought the 305, 405, 610, 620, 910XT, 920XT, vivoactive, VIRB, VIRB XE, & a Nike watch that I did not like, and I have preordered the Garmin weight scale from CT. Still waiting for your in depth review of the XE, hoping you will know why my video is jumpy (I am using a Class 10 SD card, I recorded the entire Marine Corps Marathon at mile 21 and I was trying to find some friends on the video so I could post them on youtube).

  112. Bruno Moraes

    Congratulations! These are usually remarkable moments in life! Good luck and all the best!

  113. Peter William Everitt

    Good luck Ray. I’m sure you will love your new lifestyle. Travelling with work always sounds great until you have done lots of it – Taxi – Airport – Plane – Airport – Taxi – hotel – office – taxi – airport – plane etc etc.

  114. 8

    Best of luck, man !
    Enjoy !

  115. Joan Alcover

    Congratulations for this important decision; it probably was not easy to take. May the force be with you!
    I went through the same experience of the 80+ hours weeks and taking 260 flights per year, during close to 30 years.
    So ten years ago, I made the same decision than you, but much later (“older”) than you, so it was a bit more extreme (I decided to stop working completely after having raised my children and seeing they started their professional lives).
    As a French national still spending some time in Paris, I’ll be happy to help you sort out the red tape, if you need assistance/counsel.
    Just now, I am off to Mallorca for a week and then back for 3-4 weeks in the “City of Lights”, as it is sometimes called. Then back in the mountains at 5,000 feet, for the winter season.
    Very best wishes for the next installment in you professional life and warmest wishes for success, peace and serendipity.
    Best of all and do keep in touch!

  116. Chris Bainbridge

    I used to travel a lot lecturing and it just was not sustainable with a family life. Best wishes for the move and the change in life. If you ever move to a subscription basis count me in.

  117. wim

    good luck , thx for all the info on sport products. I’ll think extra will be welcome to expand dcrainmaker and enjoy your growing family live

  118. Santhosh K

    Hearty Congratulations Ray. Wish you nothing but the best & happy that we will be seeing more of your writing here. And yes, time to order more stuff from Clever Training.

    Cheerio

  119. Gabe

    Congrats Ray – I know it wasn’t an easy decision but one that will be healthy.

    I type this from my hotel room which I’ve been at for the past 3 weeks. I’ve been working away from home and after years of this I’ve grown very tired of it.

    It’s often hard to eat well and at times can be lonely.

    That said I’m so excited to fly home tomorrow back with the gf and pup!

  120. John

    Congratulations and best wishes!

  121. Bas Koomen

    Hi Ray, congrats on your descision! see you in the Tour of Flanders then! :)

  122. Luyi_pr

    Congrats… Family always first!

  123. Patrick Silva

    Dear Ryan,
    I’ve been a reader of this blog since 2009. It was from here that I got the inspiration to buy my first Garmin, since then I’ve been checking your blog everyday. I’ve followed not only the reviews of the different products but also your “adventures” through the world. I want to thank you for being an inspiration, and I congratulate you on your choice of life. I hope that you and the Girl continue happily your journey and thanks for sharing your life with us, and of course the great reviews of the all the products. Thanks Ryan

  124. Staralliance

    I’ve been reading since the 310xt in depth review. Congrats and best wishes to you.

  125. Best of luck on you new way!

  126. J.K

    Congrats and all the best with your blog also in the future!

  127. Ron

    Ray – You and your lovely wife are truly blessed in being able to do what you love to do most rather than work at a job solely as a means to an end. I wish you continued success, health, and happiness. I admire your courage in taking this step in your life. Takes guts. Will continue to truly enjoy your website. Hope to see at least one little Rainmaker in the future :)

  128. Rodrigo Valle Teixeira

    Hi Ray,
    Thank you for being so open and honest about this.
    Your website, deep and honest tech info, but also the sharing of your personal experiences have made a huge impact on the sports tech customer base, and hopefully the industry.
    I, and many others, have relied on your full-time night job for free, so it is the very least to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! (Yes , for free, because … no Europe Clever Training…)

    As for your decision to leave your Micros.. Redmond day job, I can only say: If you follow your heart, and sprinkle it with some common-sense, good things come to you.
    So, good for you, and good luck with the new chalanges ahead.
    I’ll hop over the CupCakery the next time I go to Paris and try to catch you or The Girl to say thank you in person.

    Cheers!
    Rodrigo

    • Rodrigo Valle Teixeira

      Additional comments:
      By the way, now that you will have a lot more time to dedicate to DCR, here are a few ideas for you
      1) Update the profile pic on the top rioght of the blog page. I think people at this point are wondering if that’s your younger brother or your son :D

      2) DCR apparel and stuff!! Running tech shirts, bike jerseys, bike decals, coffe mugs, you name it!
      I’m sure a lot of people would buy those to support your site. I know I would.
      Just make sure they are reasonable quality, and not Castelli-priced.

      3) SPEND… MORE… TIME… WITH…THE….GIRL.
      She seems (and sounds!… wink wink TRS Radio) like a wonderful person, and has put up with your constant travelling and long hours aways for years. You owe her. A lot.

      Cheers!
      Rodrigo

    • Adam

      +1 on second bullet! I would buy a ton of DCR stuff (tech shirts and bike shirts mostly)

    • Charlie Anderson

      Castelli is not bad at all, Assos is crazy!

    • Maddy

      + 1 on 2), good idea! Just remember every girl doesn’t love pink and violet color! Would love to have nice technical shirt and a lot of
      other things :-)

    • Maddy

      Oh and +1 on 3) too. The Girl does deserve mooooore time with you, some pampering is in order!

  129. Best of luck Ray – a bold and brave step…. you can stop saying positive things about Windows now too and finally get a Mac :)

  130. hollyoak

    Well done, some decisions need to be made…made a somewhat similar one about 12 years ago when I was your age ;-) Hopefully it will give you some time to organize another get together at the studio/cave, it was good fun last year!

    • Yup, we’ll be doing another one this year. We just locked down the date – Saturday, December 12th. :)

      Will do a post on it next week.

    • Joan Alcover

      December 12!

      Jour de la fête de l’Escalade (commemoration od December 12, 1602; failed attempt of the House of Savoya to invade the free citiy of Geneva)

      link to fr.wikipedia.org

      Get a “marmite en chocolat” with the marzipan vegetable!

    • hollyoak

      Great news, just added the date to my calendar! I suspect you’ll have more time to take part in local races too? Although you did manage to find time for quite a few already ;-)

  131. Matt

    Congrats Ray! Excited to see you move on to the next big adventure!!

  132. Gary B

    As if I wasn’t insanely jealous enough of you ;-)
    No more working for the man.

    Seriously well done Ray, and well done Bobby who must be over the moon at the thought of seeing you more.

  133. Benjamin

    Excellent! Well done and good luck! Now, about that garmin virb x/xe review……

  134. Ben Pine

    Great good fortune to you, The Girl, Lucy and your new life. Thank you for all of the posts so far. Looking forward to following your journey.

  135. Brian

    Congrats Ray. I love to hear success stories like yours. Glad the blog won out! Need more tech reviews and less travel channel though:)

  136. Peter Poulsen

    Congrats – love the blog

  137. Congratulations Ray! Amazing that you’ve kept both going for as long as you have! All the best in the future!

  138. Henrik

    Good decision and good luck! Keep up the good work you are doing!

  139. Jon Heard

    Congratulations to both of you! Enjoy the journey!

  140. Hu3ain

    Genuinely happy and excited for you, Ray.

  141. Sorin

    Well, I have 2 things to say:
    1. Congratulations !
    2. I can’t believe it took you so long :)

  142. Sam

    Best luck I am so excited for u ! Hopefully you can generate enough money without having to resort to sponsored review and obstructive ads, love

  143. David

    Congratulations. If you would like a host / room for a couple of nights in London (UK) during your travels now you’re no longer on the corporate credit card feel free to ask – least I can offer for all the help (and interesting bits and pieces) your site has provided!

    Best of luck with the new lifestyle.

  144. Tim L

    Congratulations Ray – you’re living the dream! Exciting times for you and the site :)

  145. Thomas

    Hi Ray,
    congratulation doing such a big step. It is never easy but hopefully you are not alone. I wish you all the best and a good start.

  146. Flo

    Congrats on “going PRO” with the blog! Wish you guys all the best!

  147. SJ

    Hi Ray – many congratulations on your news.

    I made a similar decision a few months ago and left MS to join a small offshore firm based out of the Channel Islands.

    Loved my time at MS although the travel and the time away from folks and family all became a little too much.

    Hope you enjoy the family time as much as I do.

    All the best

    SJ

  148. matt

    while i am totally seething with envy i must say good luck to you and congratulations ray….

    you have clearly worked very hard to get to where you are in life and seem very deserving of getting to do what you love all the time while still living a more than sustainable lifestyle….it gives a poor beggar slaving away in a 9-5 so so job hope…

  149. Andrew

    Wonderful news- congrats!

  150. Fabio

    Congrats! Not an easy decision I bet. But I gotta say that I felt tired just reading about your work trips, I can imagine how you felt.
    Best wishes for you and your family, enjoy life!

  151. Bart

    Ray,
    Congratulation on the change.
    Looking forward to following your continuing journey.
    For one reason or another i always expected you to immediately return to the US once there was no need to stay for the job anymore.
    Must have been tough decision, stay and for how long and when to return (unless you plan to really get old in France)

  152. Gustav

    Congratulations Ray!

  153. Marcel

    Congrats on making the better choice ;) Great to hear you gave priority to life & love over a job (no matter how great). Next time I’m in Paris I’ll hop in for some cupcakes and I’ll be sure to buy my next gps watch through Clever Training. Thanks again for a great site!

  154. Ray – all the best to you and The Girl. As atheletes, we are much better off for what you have done over the years.
    Certain things like now make sense – the Podcast (outreach as well as another product in your portfolio). Next (echoed above) should be DCR approved apparel.

    Now if you are ever looking for employee #2 or is #3, let me know :-)

  155. John Sadler

    Now I guess i’m going to have to spend more time on your blog to keep up. Do you realize what you’ve done?! ;)

    Congrats and all the best!

  156. Chris

    Congrats, Ray!

  157. Benjamin Gordon

    Congrats on the decision! I’ve only been reading your blog for about a year but I love the detail you go into. I’ve always been amazed how you have the energy for you job, the blog, and still find time to get workouts in. Best of luck!

  158. redheb

    Congrats Ray! Now we’re talking! Time to get us the sponsored links in Europe to buy the stuff you write about! Good luck with the new endeavour and looking forward to reading more posts from you!
    PS: well done on settling in our beautiful capital, now you have more time to learn French! Bonne chance dans la nouvelle aventure !

  159. Steven

    Congrats Ray, I left the corp in Redmond to pursue my dreams, and while it may not have been monetarily a wash or loss compared to staying, dreams are hard to put a price on. Chapeau!

  160. bob

    I will take credit for this change. I signed up as a dc rainmaker VIP this week over at clever training.

    I said it before, this is one of my top 10 internet sites I visit. With so many products the average worker bee just doesn’t have time to review them all. An honest unbiased opinion of a review expert is invaluable to me.

    Time is money. You save me time which means you save me money. Plus I do enjoy the crazy places you get to bike.

    Congrats

  161. Dan Lipsher

    As a long-time P1, all the best to you, The Girl and Lucy with your big decision. Microsoft’s loss is our gain.

  162. Jason Titus

    Congratulations and good luck! As you can see, you’ve got no end of support from your loyal readers.

  163. Tom

    I almost had an aneurysm thinking that the site was going away. Jerkface! ;)

    I’m super happy that you have the ability to continue doing what you love and more importantly, keeping me entertained!

  164. Congrats Ray! Best of luck with everything in the future!

  165. Ola

    Good luck for the future, I think it will be bright!

  166. Donna L

    Congrats on making the big leap, it makes me happy to hear that there are people out there who can make a living doing what they really love. I recently stumbled on your blog when doing a search for product review on Garmin. I received a Garmin 520 for my birthday in August and had no clue what it could do. Your product review was so comprehensive I decided right then and there I had to subscribe and I’ve been reading ever since. I hope to support the blog with a purchase through Clever Training when I have a need for some new gadget!

    Continue to Live the Dream and share your knowledge!

  167. Turn The Damn Cranks

    Best of luck!

    (I have several friends here in DC who work for Microsoft. I had no idea they likely were rubbing elbows with the king of sports tech. I will have to find out whether any of them know you.)

  168. Swan

    Best of luck to you, Ray!

    I’m sure, like the rest of your readers, that we couldn’t figure out how you managed to juggle 3 careers (IT/travel, DCRainMaker, Triathlete) into a 24 hours a day life.

  169. Ruwan

    Congratulations and all the best with your new beginning!

  170. Will Darling

    Congratulations Ray! You know you made the right decision when hundreds of strangers comment on how happy they are that you will continue writing for them :)

    Good luck!

  171. Allen

    Congrats. Look forward to continued great reading/reviews!

  172. Steve Martin

    Congrats Ray!

  173. Tom

    Congratulations Ray. Good Luck to you and the Girl.
    I know I speak for a lot of people when I say, selfishly, that I am glad it was’t the other way around.
    I enjoy your reviews and other stories. I regularly read about products I have no intention of buying just because your reviews are so good.
    I have been constantly amazed at all the things you have been able to accomplish in your life.
    I look forward to future reviews and expoits and continue to send people to your site (and remind them to use the Amazon links or better yet Clever Training like me).

  174. Ruwan

    Congratulation and all the best with your new beginning!
    Change always brings improvement if you are are bold and willing to make it, you only fail when you stop trying!

    A big Thank You, I thoroughly enjoy your blog and follow it almost daily.

  175. Alwyn Jones

    For an awful moment I thought you were going to say that dcrainmaker.com would be no more!
    Congrats on your decision and good luck for the future

  176. Bryce

    Love the announcement Ray. I also find it a little funny that people are trying to find common ground with this decision. When I left the IT industry….

    I would also like to see DCR Products: Bike Jerseys, Tri Kits, etc.
    I also would like to see a partnership like CT and Amazon in Europe.
    I will also be excited to hear news of a Minimaker.

    Best of luck, you have my support!

  177. Stephane

    Congrats Ray!
    I notice the world “child” a few times in recent posts…all the best for a new chapter of your life :+)
    Thanks for all your work and keep goin’

  178. Brendan Lewis

    Congratulations and good luck. Brave decision to follow your passions and put family first. Well done

  179. Jeff Greene

    Whew!!!…Long time reader(since the Computrainer Review Days)….Have really enjoyed coming to this site over the years. Somehow you always hit the perfect mix of “product review” vs. “real world shenanigans”. All I can say is…Respect

  180. Larry

    Well done Ray, congratulations and I’m glad you didn’t give up the great work you do here.

    Changes are opportunities. I look forward to the future of your website and blog.

    cheers
    Larry

  181. Juan

    All the best Ray! Very brave decission that we all really appreciate.

  182. Anton Peterson

    All the best Ray with your future endeavours. Hopefully soon you can have a system similar to Clever Training for your European fan base so us Europeans can also help support you to run and create such brilliant and informative blogs.

  183. Martin Dalskov

    My out-most respect to you for taking that leap, Ray!
    I wish you all the best for the upcoming DC Rainmaker-future!

  184. Mike Richie

    Thank you Ray, for deciding to stay with us rather than going the other way. Now that you’ve decided to do this fitness gadget stuff full time, do you think you will take any offers (that I am sure you must get all the time) to do consulting in this arena or would that compromise your independence as a reviewer?

    • Nothing paid direct to any of the companies in this segment. But I’m always happy to give them private feedback for free, well before product launches. Most companies take me up on that.

      I occasionally do some consulting to investment firms, VC companies, and the like that are trying to understand the segment and trends better than a simple annual sales report can show. So basically the ability to do 1:1 Q&A than might be possible on the site. Realistically though I’d answer the same questions in comments with the same answers, just a way for folks to get 1:1 time with me.

  185. Brent

    Congrats Ray!

  186. Björn L

    Great news! I stumbled on your blog a month back while trying to decide if I wanted a Garmin vivoactive and was blown away by the level of detail of the review. So now 1 month later I’m looking at the blog almost daily(I’m eagerly awaiting the review of the Forerunner 235 ;) ).

    The only thing bad about this blog is that now I’ll probably spend even more money on gadgets after stumbling on this site…

  187. Dolan Halbrook

    One more congrats Ray! That’s a scary leap, but one I have no doubt you’ll handle with aplomb. Looking forward to seeing what’s next.

  188. Ian Darling

    Congratulations.

  189. Julian Wong

    Hi Ray,

    Thanks for sharing your story with the community. Congratulations on the move. I’m sure everyone here is very happy to hear you’ll working on the site full time. Hopefully the site can continue to be your passion for you as you switch into working on it full time!

    Looking forward to the future!

  190. Tom

    Congratulations Ray, and especially the Girl!

    I hope you get to enjoy yourself for a few weeks before your non-stop drive kicks back in and this blog goes from the best blog I’ve ever read to…well, an even better one. Well, that or we are about to see a cupcake blog launch (no objections here!)

    On a different note, I’ve always thought you were extremely fact based / non-biased in your reviews and it bothers me when people accuse you of being a Garmin homer or something similar. If there wasn’t already enough evidence to disprove this the fact that you haven’t hyped any MS products like the band (you would think they could get one to their own employee faster) and use of apple products adds even more evidence.

  191. Greg

    Congrats! As they say in the corporate world, I wish you the best in all your future endeavors. #ballsymove

  192. Carl

    Wow! Congratulations, really happy for you and your family.

    On a small world note, I’m a V- at your old company and can’t believe I didn’t clue in… Holy crap.

    You’ve created quite a thing here, a great community, and a friendly/family feel. Everyone is happy for you for you I’m sure.

  193. Robert

    Congratulations Ray, sound’s like you’ve done more than your fair share of living to work as it were. I flew to Brasilia via Rio once from London, never again do I intend to fly that long ever again. Your schedule used to knacker me just reading it.

  194. Tom

    One other comment – whenever I want to buy something that doesn’t have a GPS chip or strain gauge in it I wonder who is the DC Rainmaker of….camping gear, kitchen appliances, non-tech bike gear, laptops, etc

    Does anyone have a list of Ray’s peers for the go to no biased source of info for X..?

    • Mike Richie

      I too am constantly looking for a blog or site with a similar level of detail and user community in other tech or product spaces and I’ve got to say, I have yet to find one that really compares. I’m just glad Ray decided to do one in the fitness gadget space rather than, say, animal husbandry or weapons technology (not that there’s anything wrong with that – well maybe the weapons technology).

  195. Paul Bunyar

    Fantastic. My hope for you is that every day becomes more than it has ever been before.

  196. Isak

    Congratulations, Ray! Superimpressed by your busy schedule so far and even more impressed by this wise choice to focus on the important things in life. :-) Will visit Paris in november and will surely stop by the Cupcakery then.

  197. Michael W

    Congratulations Ray! Great decision to create more time for you and your family while still doing what you love.

  198. congratulations RAY. Keep up the good work with this blog.
    you have been my idol in recent years.

    cheers from Malaysia ^_^

  199. Adam

    Wow, amazing news!

    You had me there at the beginning. Thought you were calling time on this much loved blog.

    All the best. Sounds like a great decision and something youve been planning for a while.

    Sets a great example too. Maybe something more of us should consider given the opportunity

  200. Mark

    “Within my day job I’ve been in customer facing roles, essentially helping to architect and design our products for large organizations.”

    Don’t make me smack you!
    Architect has a very specific legal definition. It is someone who is licensed by a governing board to design buildings. Anyone else who uses the title architect is breaking the law in the US and Canada, and most of Europe.

    • The world of corporate titles. Mine changed 3-4 times along the way. Principal Consultant, Architect, Solutions Architect, Datacenter Architect.

      Never really mattered much to me, I pretty much just did my thing.

    • Mark

      Yeah, but I gotta defend the term anyway. It’s like Xerox, if it’s not defended, it’s not valid anymore

    • anon

      Hey Mark, get over yourself. In this situation, the word architect wasn’t used as a proper noun but as a verb that described what he did. If you were a little more catholic you might harbor some varying uses of words (see what I just did there?). There would be no doubt that he passed himself off as an architect under any US laws. Signed, an attorney guy that does this work for a living.

      And Ray, congratulations on the start of your new solo career. You’re in for quite a ride (see, more varied word usage, so don’t get the UCI or ECF on my tail).

    • Mike Richie

      Um, legal or otherwise I’m afraid your battle is lost on both counts: From Merriam-Webster’s:
      Definition of XEROX: Copy (a document) using a xerographic process.
      Definition of XEROGRAPHY. A process for copying graphic matter by the action of light on an electrically charged photoconductive insulating surface in which the latent image is developed with a resinous powder (as toner).

      Definition of ARCHITECT. 1: A person who designs buildings and advises in their construction 2: A person who designs and guides a plan or undertaking. (the architect of American foreign policy)
      In my last job my title was Chief Software Architect.

    • Steven Knapp

      “The name ‘architect’ is sometimes used in a way that isn’t connected to building and design. For example, ‘software architect’ or ‘systems architect’ are examples from the computer and IT industry. We take the commonsense view, and accept that no one could be misled into thinking this had something to do with the design and construction of buildings, and we wouldn’t take any action in these cases.” – link to arb.org.uk

    • dano

      My guess is Ray got paid a lot more than most Architects I know…

    • Carl

      “If you were a little more catholic you might harbor some varying uses of words (see what I just did there?).”

      Well played!

    • Anon

      Thank you Carl-I gotz me some skillz :)

    • Mr. T

      If you were an attorney guy, you’d get pretty upset if people went around calling themselves Esq in a casual setting, that’s for darn sure. It’s funny attorneys are the most thin skinned people so calm down dude.

      Mark has a legit point and his licensing test wasn’t a 2-day affair that a good majority of the people pass.

    • anon

      Except that Esq. is a term of art, as is architect in NYS, but here he used the word not as a noun. I’m not thin skinned, but I do understand that sometimes distinctions do make a difference, and other times they don’t (hence my use of the words catholic and harbor as descriptive words that have several meanings beyond the ordinary). I’m very careful with my use of words and that’s why I wish Ray all the best in his future career and I look forward to many more great posts. I learn a great deal from his blog and I’m very thankful that his honest opinion and testing is shared with us.

  201. Steve

    Awesome and congrats! Wishing you all the best. This is great news for us too, your followers!!!

  202. Justin B

    Awesome! I’m happy for you being able to make this change.

    Does this mean you’ll start racing again?

  203. Sean G

    Congratulations, and all the very best of luck to you all!!

  204. Greg F

    Felicitations et bonne chance!

  205. Francesc

    Congrats Ray.
    I should probably take a similar decision after so many years living in a plane.
    Oddly enough I might probably be transfered from Barcelona to Seattle soon ?.
    Poor Girl and Lucy they don’t know how thought may be having you along full time ?.
    Be patient Girl and Lucy.

  206. Matthew

    Congrats and thank you for your blog. Its been extremely helpful and entertaining to follow on a regular basis for over 6 years.(even though I have never won a giveaway!) Looking forward to what happens when this becomes your full time job.

  207. Robert

    Congrats Ray!! I’m sure the girl & Lucy will enjoy having you around more.

  208. Noelle

    Huge congrats to you!! I hope you’re able to enjoy a little well-deserved R&R with the Girl and Lucy soon :)

  209. dieter neirinck

    As you are seen as a role model by a large part of your audience, I most definitely applaud the decision you have made. We live in times where professional peer pressure dictates that one has too be “busy busy busy” at all times, combining a demanding job with an interesting social life and family life (documented visually on instagram with the latest filters).

    As much as I have always admired your stellar time management capabilities, I think it takes much more guts to say “enough is enough” and to chose to free up time for those things that really matter in life. A bit less role models acting like superhumans might make us mortals less likely to feel like miserable failures or end up in a burnout scenario.

    If you ever feel interested to discover the heritage of cycling in the flanders region, ride the roads of the cobblestones classics and taste the flandrien culture, I’d be more than happy to be your guide on a cold and rainy rule #9 day.

    Enjoy the freedom !

  210. nikos

    happy fathers and mothers day

  211. chad

    congratulations ray!!! time to become a true European!

  212. Andrew Stone

    Congratulations. I’m both jealous of your old job and thrilled to support small computer systems that let me go home for dinner every night. I’m sure you’ll enjoy being home a lot more too. I’m looking forward to small improvements to the site.

  213. Mark B

    Good luck Ray!

  214. All the best Ray! I’m glad for your sake that things will settle down and you’ll have more family time.

    I’m also glad that we still get to benefit by the work you do here on the blog.

  215. Brian Free

    Congrats Ray! I never knew how you managed to do all that you do, but i know we are all so thankful for the work you do. I love reading your blog, even if its just the 5 Random Things I did this weekend posts. They are all so helpful and I can’t tell you how many times you have made a decision I have had to make about a product, that much easier [Sometimes Harder :)]. Thanks again for all that you do. I hope that you get some rest and continue doing what you love.

  216. Hendrik

    Good luck Ray with the road ahead after choosing your way forward at this difficult (and busy) intersection.
    I am curious I have to admit what made you decide to stay in Paris, my understanding was that your family is in the U.S. and I think the girl is not from Paris either.
    As a European myself (Belgium), I am glad though that you stayed, it does show that we can be competitive (or at least attractive) to entrepreneurs like you.
    Maybe a hint for you if you allow me, I think it would be great if you could partner up with a European supplier and/or set one up yourself or covince CT to do so. I am an avid reader of your Blog and would love to support you when buying devices, but ordering from the U.S. is just too complicated in my experience (due to the import duties and hassle). I am sure I am not alone here…

  217. Chris Elam

    How about adding a forum with sections for all the different companies, i.e. Garmin, stages, etc., where people can discuss and maybe get some support, either user-to-user or by you? You already have everyone coming here every day, seems like a natural extension to the site. Through viglink or skim links on it to make a little money from it, which all of your users would be fine with because we all genuinely love the site and it’s not like you’re some nameless megacorp.

    • Hendrik

      That is actually a very good idea I think.
      While some companies have their own forum which is quite active (f.e. TomTom), I am amazed there are still other companies without any forum whatsoever (f.e. Mio), leaving the users of their products completely in the dark wrt issues they encounter.
      So +1 from me..

  218. Congratulations and good luck!

  219. Congratulations and best of lucks after this great change !. I am sure it has been a difficult decision but it will pay off.

  220. Sean Lally

    Congrats! Excited for you guys.

    -Sean (lurker)

  221. jbro

    congrats! I’ve always been super impressed (and humbled) by your work turnout. Leaving IT is good move :)

  222. Bradley Owens

    Congratulations, Ray. As with all things, you’ve handled this decision process thoughtfully and thoroughly. Good luck!

  223. e s

    Congrats, sounds like this might add some time for you and your family into the schedule.

  224. John Smith

    Good luck to you Ray. The blog is always wonderful and a pleasure to read. Maybe this could give you an opportunity to take part in another Ironman as it’s been a long time. All the best.

  225. Matt

    Yay Ray! … Initial panic that your blog is being cancelled … allayed!

    I made the jump to working less a few years ago. With a good work life balance wifey&me travelled more, and then started to expand the family. The drop in $ hasn’t been nearly as hard as expected and the happiness factor went up exponentially.

    Your blog is a TRUSTED resource to athletes world ’round. Thank you!

  226. Scott

    Ray, I worked @ Accenture during the period (I’m guessing) you were @ WaMu; our paths probably crossed at some point…

  227. Jeff W.

    Welcome to flying coach Ray…

    Congratulations and good fortune!

  228. Tim

    Ray,
    Let me add to the stream of congratulations! Sounds like you were pretty fortunate to have a good job before, and now that this can be your full time job, I think that luck continues. Obviously, there is a lot of hard work that has gone into doing both jobs until now, and I look forward to seeing how this blog progresses now with more time to dedicate to it going forward.

  229. SteveT

    Ray and The Girl,

    I so happy for you two!

    I’ll stay tuned for the next big announcement, and I don’t mean the EPIX review!!! LOL

    All the best,

    Steve

  230. Colin C

    As someone going through the initial stages of career change, I’m impressed. Congrats! Your readers are behind you.

  231. Dejan M.

    Great news ☺it takes a lot of courage to do that…but sometimes you have to take risks.

    Maybe now u’ll have time to finish that apple watch review etc ?

    And please try to get a sponsor like clever training here in Eu as well that will enable us 10% of discount or at least free shipping across europe ☺ i would gladly support you. Greets from Slovenia (yes we read your blog here as well)

  232. makoto

    Congratulations! Good luck with you.

  233. luis

    Ray, your talent will be certainly missed in Redmond. But great news for all fans you have out there. Good luck man!

  234. DS

    Good decision. And staying in Paris: make that two good decisions. And more time with girl and dog, three good decisions. And I could go on. Congrats.

    Meanwhile, am I the only one who’s finding that the blog keeps trying to redirect me to what looks like a phony update of Google Chrome? Or maybe it’s my computer. But it’s only happening on this site, after 2-3 minutes on this page. Might be worth a look-see.

  235. Chris

    Congrats Ray. Hopefully you can enjoy some well deserved down time.

  236. Jeremy

    Gratz!

    Keep up the great work on the reviews and enjoy your newly freed up time at home.

  237. Ronald

    Congratulations, Ray, with this big step! I’m sure you are going to enjoy it!

  238. Paco

    All the best. It will go very well to you no doubt.
    Paco

  239. Peter K

    Congrats! I’m still amazed at how you could work a full time job while creating all those comprehensive product reviews. I will definitely try to support you as much as possible!

  240. Not an easy decision, but which decision is easy to take? Good luck!

  241. Simon Butterworth

    I don’t know how you did it Ray except for your youth. I can’t imagine the blog getting better but I am sure it will. Good luck to all three of you

  242. Rich

    Congrats!

    I did the same thing 8 years ago (left Gartner). Doubled my salary (and eventually tripled), cut travel in half or more, and have had a blast ever since (and added 3 kids). It’s stunning the opportunities that open up when you take full control of your future.

    Good luck, and have fun!

  243. Bruce Burkhalter

    Congrats. It has been fun following you for several years now. Great to see what has become of the blog and the CupCakery.

    Wishing you two the best on this next phase of your life!

  244. Jason Bezon

    Congrats Ray! Very cool, wish you both the best!

  245. Edgar

    Congratulations Ray!!!! You know, family is more important than any degrees or corporate positions. The fact you are going to spend more time with the Girl makes the decision a win win situation. Plus I get the feeling that a little Maker is coming as well ?

    I will certainly buy more thinks from your links to support your transition. Thank you once agai for all you do for us.
    Edgar

  246. Beef Cantonese

    Nice One!

    You’ll never regret time spending it with those you love.

    The blog is amazing.

    All the best

  247. bromasi

    grab life while you can.

  248. Dan S

    Congratulations Ray! You are an inspiration of what is possible if you have the talent, smarts, and drive to go out and create your own future.

  249. Sandy Milton

    All the best wishes to “Team DCR” for the next chapter.

  250. Jukka

    So, when’s the baby due? ;)

  251. Gonzalo

    Ray

    Félicitations & Bon chance

  252. Leo

    Ray, congrats on the move, I’m sure the path forward will be exciting and challenging as always!

  253. Pascual Perez

    sometimes we forget that we need to live and other stuff, not only work, happy to hear about your decision, and hope all goes well and smooth!

    cheers!!

  254. Sjoerd

    Congrats!

  255. Jonathan O.

    Congratulations and good luck!

    I was always in awe at your incredible productivity levels… Keep up the outstanding work!

  256. Claude

    Courageous move! Life is short. Best luck and happiness.

  257. Fran

    yeah, this reads like “baby on the way” all over! :)

    Hundreds of people wishing you the best must make a difference! Good luck in this step forward!!

  258. Juan otavo

    Well done Ray, life change game change

  259. Scott

    Congratulations Ray! Best of luck with this adventure!

  260. Ed

    Congratulations, Ray. I’m so glad to see the blog roll on, though I really do so it becoming so valuable that one of the tech sites will come to you with a great offer to integrate your work into theirs.

    When you next come to DC, please consider joining the Friday pre-work downtown bike meetup, Friday Coffee Club. It would be great to introduce you.

  261. Mike

    Congrats! Perhaps it’s time to get a Patreon account going for yourself. I would be at the head of the line waiting to support you.

  262. Tom

    Great news! Life is to be enjoyed!

  263. Niall

    All the best – big step but nothing ventured, nothing gained!

  264. Robin

    A brave move Ray. I hope everything works out for the two of you.
    Keep up the good work!

  265. Tim C

    I add my congratulations to the thousands of other devoted followers. Never knew how you managed it all in the first place.

  266. Ronen Ofek

    Go Ray! Good luck!

  267. António Cruz

    All the best. You deserve it.

  268. Ian

    Congratulations to you and good luck in your future ventures.

  269. Deb

    Bonne Chance, and now selfishly I can still continue live my life through you and The Girl. Wish I had your opportunities and most of all your life in Paris and now your opportunity to travel as a family.

  270. Jay Esguerra

    Congrats!

  271. Chris Z

    Congrats, Ray!

  272. Steve Horne

    Congratulations on opening a new chapter in your life! Hope all goes well for you and the Girl!

  273. Steen Sadolin

    Ray,

    Brave move.
    I’m sure you will be happy with that decision.

    I have always wondered how you managed to do both, considering the depth of details in your blog.

    Steen

  274. John

    Congratulations Ray! A courageous decision one does e not make overnight. Good lyck and fun with the blog and website. Been enjoying it for a couple of years now. THANKS!!

  275. Peter Wellsman

    Congratulations are in order for sure! More than congratulations I’m sure I speak for everyone here THANK-YOU for all those late nights and the huge effort you put in day in day out for your fans (yup we’re fans) and a big THANK-YOU to the girl for not divorcing or killing you off…. Looking forward to the DC Rainmaker future!

  276. John de Knegt

    Congratulations! A courageous decision one does e not make overnight. Good lyck and fun with the blog and website. Been enjoying it for a couple of years now. THANKS!!

  277. Björn Lindström

    Congrats on the change! Along with the eevblog this is the best techblog out there.

    Hopefully I will get a chance visit the bakery next year since my wife and I have been talking a while to go to Paris.
    Wish you the best of luck!

  278. Roberto Marin

    Congratulations, Ray! I´m a big fan of your blog and I think this are good news!

  279. Den

    Wow!
    It’s quite a change :)
    Good luck Ray!
    p.s. Not every pilot has 1,5-2 million miles under his belt :)

  280. Sam M

    Congrats Ray. Best of luck!

  281. It has been really neat to see how your blog has grown over the years Ray. Congratulations on making the big leap. Looking forward to following along on your next adventures!

  282. Chris

    Congrats Ray! That’s fantastic!

    Enjoy your new source of “free” time, although I’m guessing you’ll fill it quickly!

  283. Adri

    Incredible so many replies, but all positive! Good luck to you, The Girl and Little Lucy. Hope to see a lot from you in the future. Enjoy life.

  284. Gear Fisher

    Congrats Ray! Very happy for you!

  285. Mike

    Congrats! Bon courage!

  286. Christoph

    Very nice, congratulations! I wish you all the best

  287. Grega Juvancic

    Good on ya mate! Hope U get all the time U need to do the things U and missus want to do :D

    I too am trying to start my own business with a connection to cycling.

  288. Ole

    I truly enjoy reading this blog and your decision to drop work, not the fun!

  289. Chris

    Congrats Ray!

  290. BillM

    Well done Ray. Sounds like you and the girl are choosing happiness, and from what little insights the blog gives into your lives you deserve every bit of it. Plus, you’ve picked a fantastic part of the world to live in, and of course you know that’s not just about the beauty of France but also that French ability to enjoy the relationships we have in life with friends, family, neighbors etc.

    Enjoy and live long.

  291. Congratulations Ray! Exciting time ahead.

  292. Jaime

    Congratulations Ray on the big move. Count on my support.

  293. TorsteinVH

    Congratulations on what was probably a big decision, and good luck!
    I’m looking forward to follow the blog in the years to come :)

  294. Rob Montgomery

    Awesome news Ray! Congrats. I’m sure I’ll continue reading every thing you post and purchasing every gadget under the sun.

  295. Craig Vespa

    Congratulations on the news, Ray!

  296. Matt W

    My heart sank when I saw the title, I just found your site this summer when I was looking for a new running watch. I had problems with my wrists breaking out in a rash from the Surge. I have used just about every other fitbit device, with not problems, and I really wanted a GPS watch as I started to get back into running. I keep coming back because I think there is a triathlon in my future and the information on your site is the best. Congratulations, and keep up the great work!

  297. Hi Ray,

    Congrats on the change! I hope to finaly be able to take you to Camp Nou to see Barca destroy someone!
    Glad you will be able to spend more time helping us all out!!

    See you in Barcelona soon

    Paul

  298. Kelly

    Great for you and all of us too!

    So, what will it be? “DC Jr.” or “The Kid”?

  299. Nick Duck

    Bon courage mon ami.

  300. Toni

    Congratulations Ray – Big jump but great to see you follow your passion. Onwards and upwards for the blog!

  301. ryanovelo

    I. Am. Envious. That. Is. All. Oh, and congrats!

  302. Chris Brown

    As someone in the IT industry and who has an active lifestyle/runs triathlons and the like, Ray your pace was just mind boggling.

  303. Dave C

    As Dickens said “It was the best of times and the worst of times.” Working for yourself has tons of rewards – like going to your kids school plays but the buck always stops at your desk. Good luck with your new adventure.

  304. Congratulations Ray! Wishing you much continued success and happiness :)

  305. Nikolay

    Good luck and enjoy well deserved time at home. :)

  306. Felipe

    Best Wishes, to You, The Girl, and Little Lucy!!!
    And Thank You very much. :)

  307. Aldis

    Then waiting for the baby pictures! :)

  308. Jesus

    Fuck yeah!
    That’s how it should be done!

  309. Mathieu

    Congratulations. Good luck moving forward.
    Thanks for all the good stuff you have done so far. This is an awesome site.

  310. Scott Boggs

    Wonderful news and good luck! Had no idea you were one of us! I left the big M a few years ago and have never looked back. Maybe see you on the road out here in Redmond sometime when you are visiting your parents.

  311. Michael Frazier

    Congratulations!

  312. Jason

    Congrats Ray!

  313. Yvan Poulin

    Congratulations!!

    Your employer’s loss is our gain! Long life to your new career! :-)

  314. Yonadav

    Congratulations and all the very best!
    Really happy for you!

  315. wai chong

    Congrats!!! You DID it YOUR WAY!!!

  316. JJ

    Congrats Ray on the bold move, I was surprised this didn’t occur before. By the way, I’m in the same business you were in the day job.
    Hope you have a great new phase in your life.
    Love your writing, and appreciate your thoroughness in everything you do.
    Cheers from an argentinian expat in Chile!

  317. Ronan Kearns

    ejnoy retirement!

  318. PurdueMatt

    Congrats Ray!

  319. Surfsailormd

    Congratulations Ray

  320. Congrats Ray
    Change is good!

  321. Arnaud Daix

    Hi, i’ve been following your posts regularly for the last year or so i guess, and enjoyed the reviews very much. Congrats on taking that step, and ‘bonne chance’!

  322. Stuart M

    Happy for you Ray, congratulations!

  323. JimG1

    Well I’m not sure if anyone above stated, BUT I for one am glad you decided to drop the day-job & go the Blog route — otherwise I would be missing your reviews BIG TIME!!!

    Congrats & Good Luck!!

  324. Neil

    Congratulations Ray! The future’s so bright…..

  325. Mark Osten

    Great article as always!

  326. Super excited for you, the Girl, and Lucy.

  327. Long Run Nick

    Can a 72 year old runner with over 83,000 miles run, wax a little philosophical? It has taken some time for me to figure out I am exactly where I am supposed to be, in spite of myself.
    As a long time follower, I am happy for you, The Girl and Lucy. Continue to follow your bliss. Enjoy your journey and remember, nothing ventured, something lost. Nick

    • 6co

      Same Long Run Nick who’s been posting on cool running forums these last ten years?

    • Long Run Nick

      The same guy. A little older, and a little slower but still loving my good fortune at being able to get out and run 40-50 miles a week. Will celebrate 40 years of recorded running on April 22, 2016. Who is OCD?
      Thanks for remembering me. I need to get over and post on CR. Glad you are still running. Nick

  328. Erica

    Congratulations on a well-earned change!! And not an easy one – I remember the paperwork of student visas simply to attend university in Paris – can’t even imagine residency paperwork!

    I still think back to meeting you long ago in Penticton back when you had to stand in line all night from Ironman registrations! Not to mention enjoying being an early customer of the now famous Berties Cupcakes!

    Congratulations to you both!!

  329. Drew Keller

    Congrats on next chapter and enjoy!

  330. Will Hunt

    Congrats! Good on ya for following your passion and making the decision to make your family a priority!!! Looking forward to seeing the next chapter!

  331. Mike

    Congratulations! I made a similar shift last year going from 200k+ miles a year of international travel to near zero, and it amazes me how much more energy (and time) I have now.

  332. Congrats on the big move Ray!

  333. Jerome

    Bonne change pour ce nouveau (et important) challenge ! It’s always a pleasure to read you.

  334. Rob

    Congrats Ray! Not very many people grow old saying that they wished they worked more, but do find those that wish for more time with family!

    Good luck on what tomorrow will bring

  335. Diego

    Perfect Ray, now you will have sleep time

  336. Goncalo

    Very happy for you Ray! Huge step. Congrats!

  337. Empewu

    Good decision. As a former consultant who was always out of town, and now having job in town, I can see what a big difference it makes to you and to your family.
    You can count on my support – just finalize please European partnership, importing stuff to EU from US is just too expensive. I wish you and Girl all ten best !

  338. Brad

    best of luck

  339. tecc09

    Huzzah!!!

  340. Dr matt

    Congrats Ray. Hope the transition goes well and you get more quality time with the Girl.

  341. Angela

    Congratulations, Ray! I’ve often wondered over the years how you possibly found all the hours in the day to do what you do and for how long you’ve done it. As a ‘Softie that doesn’t travel, I know what that means and I can’t really fathom what you’ve accomplished with all the crazy travels. You deserve it all and more–and I hope you get a few extra hours of sleep each night in your new arrangement.

    All the best!

  342. Joe

    I fully expect you to start an offshoot website “BabyRainMaker” testing all the baby tech gear out there…

  343. Maddy

    Wow! Congratulations to such a big step, Ray! Thank you for all the time you were balancing between your regular job and The Blog. I tried number of times imagine what is it to have basically 2 demanding jobs, countless flights, energy for training and even time for your wife! You have incredible time management. And thanks The Girl for sharing you with us readers all these years when you should be enjoying your free time with her instead of writing your blog and answering countless questions. BTW do you plan to learn perfect French now that you have so much time on your sleeve? Well, for us normal people it would be little time after daily work, but you are not normal, I allways suspected you have 2 – 3 clones somewhere :-D
    I hope I will be still able to read all your reviews now that you will flood us with new ones all the time ;-)

  344. 6co

    Good Luck Ray!
    Takes a lot of guts to make such a career move!
    All the best to you and The Girl for your new life.

    May be back to racing IM with all that time on your hands?

  345. Luke Tayler

    Congratulations Ray! I have been reading your blog for years and often wondered who you worked for in your “day job”. It never occurred to me that I could just Google it! Anyway, best of luck with the “full-time” blog, hopefully there will now be some additional ways we can support you in addition to the Clever Training links (possibly a subscription?)

  346. Fengyuan

    All the best, Ray!

  347. TuomasO

    Congratulations on your big decision! Best wishes for the both of you.

    Hopefully the European Clever Training deal is just around the corner.
    If I can support you while ordering new sport gadgets I will.
    Take care!

  348. Peter Felix

    Other than BBC news and Stava, yours is my most frequently visited website Ray, and I rely on it for all of my gadget purchases, and just love reading what you’ve been up to.

    I’m delighted it will continue and wish all the best to you, The Girl and Lucy going forward.

    I also hope you don’t leave Paris before I get a chance to visit the cake shop!

    Cheers

    Peter

  349. jean-francois

    I wish you well to the Girl and you.

    Je vous (à la Girl et à toi) tout le succès auquel vous avez droit. Profitez-en au max.

    Cheers

    JF

  350. Congrats Ray! Its great that you recover your life again. No doubt you did the correct choice. Hard one, but decisions needed to be taken.

    Best of luck!

  351. Jim

    Ray… You’ve taken the risk we’re kicking ourselves we never made.. Your ‘night’ job will go just fine, I’m sure! Congrats!!

  352. Chris Covell

    Phenomenal news! You had us all concerned for a bit there.

    Winner – Best original content on the web! (seriously, there aren’t many pages filled with so much original quality work. I wish news sites were half as good)

    Cheers!

  353. Kurt

    Monsieur Ray,
    Hope you keep inspiring and entertaining all your avid readers/fans and wish you all the best in whatever you may endeavour. Looking forward to read your next post with the normal ‘panache’ :-)

  354. Fernando Rodrigues

    Thank you Ray for all the great work you did and hopefully will keep doing! It’s a real benefit to all of us who are looking for the right “tools” to improve our experience doing the sports we love.

    I wish you and your family all the best for the future. You will continue to be my “lighthouse” while “navigating through these waters”! :)

    Kind regards

  355. Dietmar

    Great Ray, all the Best!!!
    Love what you do!

  356. claudino6

    congrats Ray. great news.

    tony

  357. anybody

    Congratulations and good luck!

  358. MattB

    Congratulations! I’m looking forwards to seeing what happens in DCR 2.0… Many thanks for this little corner of awesomeness on the web. As others have already said, you strike a perfect blend of wit, technical info and personal life in your blog that really resonates with people. I’m so pleased for you that it’s come to a point where you can make a living off your ‘accidental blog’!

    Also, does this mean a return to photos of what you’ve been cooking?? Some of that stuff looks amazing!

  359. Congrats on the decision and the move, Ray! You have done an amazing job here building the best site for everything you cover and I really look forward to seeing it develop more.

  360. Artur

    Good job man! Congrats! I’m sure the blog will continue prospering as many of us are addicted to it!

  361. Simon Befort

    Felicitations Ray, bonne decision!

  362. hoosier96

    Congrats!

  363. Konstantin Petoukhov

    Great decision, Ray! You and The Girl should do some travelling together. You both deserve plenty of time off!

  364. Benedikt Gilbert

    Hey Ray,
    wishing you all the best for your future.
    I fully can understand your decision, quitting my job at the end of the year to become a professional fire fighter. Was working as an consultant, only traveling Germany but hate to be away from my fiancee. If you want to start a family, you gonna settle down :)
    I hope your blog will be a nice income and the bakery will feed you. Why did papers or take so long? Do you stay american or did you change nationality?

  365. Eduardo

    Congrats and best of luck!

  366. Bob Kowalski

    Best of luck to you, Ray. I worked for the Monolith myself and can tell you that things will be fine. The Girl will appreciate the new life, too.

  367. Nelson Rioux

    He did an incredible job being part time. I cannot imagine how it can be while being dedicated.

    Great news for us and congratulation for your move.

    Bonne chance mon ami.

  368. Azure

    Congrats Ray!!! and interesting bio :) Wish you and your wife all the best.

  369. ScottyCycles

    Congrats on taking the leap!

  370. Great news, good luck with the new chapter!

  371. KSBiohazard

    Congrats Ray! Best of luck going forward. Enjoy the time withThe girl and Lucy.

  372. goran

    I wish you all the best!

  373. Congrats and best wishes. Time to enjoy your life ;)

  374. Maxbrescia

    Ciao Ray,
    congratulations and good luck!

  375. Steve Baldwin

    Congratulations! Bold move which are always the best ones!

  376. Fred

    Ray, thanks for the wonderful blogs these years, wish you and The Girl the best!

  377. Scott E

    If it hasn’t already been said, stay thirsty my friend, stay thirsty — all the best

  378. Chris

    Congratulation Ray. You made a great leap to an enviable position. Wishing you and The Girl all the best it will bring. I have been enjoying your blog will continue to do so. Best, Chris.

  379. Ted

    Congratulations!!! I am assuming that this step will also *eventually* lead to a new addition to the Maker fam ;) I can tell you from experience that training with an infant in the house is likely as difficult as working a full time job, traveling around the world, and managing a first rate fitness/technology blog…be prepared! Wish you all the best!

  380. Milkywaye

    Congrats!

  381. Adam

    Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing how the blog grows now you have a less hectic lifestyle.

  382. Brent Moore

    Awesome Ray! Your blog is a revolution. You own the review space on athletic sensors. Everywhere I look people DCR as a reference as to why they bought some item or heard of the latest tech trend.

    Advice:
    1. Tap into Canada, lots of use here who can’t afford the $1.30USD
    2. Hit the companies hard, force those fuckers to deliver on their promises or hammer them on the blog.

  383. Roman

    Congratulations on the decision, Ray. Your blog has often been of great help, so I’m glad to learn you’re moving on with it. I wish you all the best in following this new route and ejoying a less (or, maybe more likely, just differently) busy life. Looking forward to your future posts!

  384. Congratulations Ray!!! All the best to you, the wife and Lucy but also success in the next chapter of your life!

  385. Paul

    Congrats Ray

  386. Juro

    Congrats. A very inspiring decision. Swimming against the current!

  387. Marcus

    Ray,

    Congratulations from an avid reader from Germany. Your blog (as a couple of others in other spaces) is the future of publishing: thorough, precise, personal. Looking at that Henry Blodget sold “Business Insider” for to Axel Springer Verlag, I’d guess you should be a prime target for Big Media’s M&A folks for your very space (be it from the tech or sports angle, or something in-between). Count on your readers to support you going forward, now more than ever.

  388. Neil Greer

    Well done Ray, delighted for your decision. Your blog is so much more than that label, you have an innate ability to keep it real, relevant and interesting, a very rare commodity. Good luck for the future, but I don’t think you need much luck, your passion and talent are all you really need.

  389. Daniel

    Hey Ray,

    Congrats from Germany!
    A big decision, but i think you guys exactly know what you are doing.
    I wish you the best for your future.
    And i´m happy to hear, that you will focus on this blog, which is in my oppinion one of the best i´ve ever been reading. Go on!

  390. André Jodoin

    Congratulations from Canada! I don’t mind if you quit your job, just don’t quit your blog :-P
    And don’t forget to update your FAQ/job link to dcrainmaker.com ;-)

  391. Jan Martijn Metselaar

    Good for you! Enjoy!

  392. Andrew

    Congrats Ray! Been reading since the beginning and have thoroughly enjoyed the blog. I’m sure ‘retirement’ will suit you! Can’t wait to see what is in store for the future.

  393. Frans

    Gratz Ray and Girl. Enjoy life, even how much fun work is, there is more in life. And if you can make it happen financially than there is nothing better than to follow the heart.

    And of course we are happy that you continue with the blog ;) You made a wise decision :D

  394. Lindsey Jerdonek

    Hi Ray, So happy for you and Bobbie on this decision! Can’t wait to see what you guys build next!

  395. Ron

    Congrats, Ray. Best of luck going forward.

  396. Fab

    Ray:
    I respect you now as a family leader. This type of decisions are the ones that creates character. Which I can read you have developed your own.Congrats and good luck. Cheers.

  397. Sebastien

    Congrats on the big decision/move! Best of luck!

  398. Mikael

    Congratulations Ray (and the Girl)! I’m glad the blog is surviving. Best of luck with everything!

  399. Sebas

    Simply awesome!

  400. Stephane

    Wow!
    Good luck Ray!

    Steph

  401. sh

    congrats ray and good luck! you’re popular in Japan as well. ;)

  402. Matt

    Hey Ray, just wanted to pass along a congratulations – you’re an inspiring guy…

    Thanks for everything you do, and best of luck!

  403. ifor

    Always was amazed you could do so much on the blog with a full time job.

    I look forward to reading a few more race reports.

  404. Jeff Gibson

    Congrats on the move. Take the opportunity while you are both young to follow your passion. As an avid reader for a number of years, I can’t imagine where you will take this once you have more time to focus. Soon we will see you as #1 on the RW Most Influential list!

  405. THIERRY

    BONNE CHANCE DANS TA NOUVELLE VIE

  406. Adam

    Congratulations Ray. Best of luck with this next chapter.

  407. AECSUSN

    Congratulations Ray! Enjoy what have earned!

  408. Ritchie champion

    Congrats Ray. Best of luck with everything in the future! Thanks for all you do (and will continue to do)!

  409. Ray –

    Congratulations on your decision! Thanks so much for your focus and passion to provide great information and insight to runners and triathletes! We really appreciate it and wish you continued success and impact!

    My best,
    Mike

  410. Ivaylo Georgiev

    Congratulations and keep rockin’ the world. Greetings from Sofia! :)

  411. Hannes

    Congrats Ray and all the best for your future plans!

  412. IvanP

    Ray, congrats on the big move!

    All the best,
    Lurker, poster, and fan,
    Ivan

  413. Tony Hope

    Congratulations Ray!

  414. Valerie

    Congratulations, Ray!! You deserve to actually see the countries. What better way to see them than with the love of your life?

  415. MikeB

    Congrats Ray! Best of luck to you in your future endeavors!

  416. gene

    Well deserved for a great guy! I think the only thing you’d fail at is the following item: Do nothing for a day!

  417. Congrats on the big move Ray! I’m really looking forward to what’s to come from you in the future!

  418. Alice

    Best wishes, lots of luck, Ray!

  419. Great brave step! Good luck to you and The Girl.

  420. alainquimarche

    All my best wishes for the future you will now decide. Et “bienvenue en France” :)

  421. Argiris

    Best wishes for the days to come!

  422. Staffan

    Best wishes and good luck with the current and coming changes! I hope your new life brings joy to you and lots of product reviews to us! :)

  423. Ken

    Congrats on having the opportunity to make the big change! It sounds like the day job was rewarding but a huge amount of stress and travel. I’m pretty sure that you’ll be able to pick up some consulting hours to keep yourself occupied if you start to get bored. Good luck.

  424. Walter

    Congratulations!! That’s awesome!!!

  425. Spencer

    Good for you! Follow your dream, it is well worth it

  426. Frank A

    Congratulations and well done…inspiring, in fact! Looking forward to continued well-researched and written posts and articles on your blog!

  427. Chris EchoHawk

    Congratulations on the Big Step, Ray! May your success grow even more. Quality work with the right attitude usually does!

  428. Andrew

    Great news for the rest of us, Ray! Long may you continue to share your wisdom and your life..

  429. Gabriel

    Congratulations! I took a similar decision with work a few years back and hve never regreted it. Enjoy!

  430. Hi Ray,

    Cheers from Singapore. Congrats on your big move!

    I have been supporting excellent content creators via Patreon. You might want to do the same or find another platform that allow your readers (including me) to directly support you.

  431. John Watson

    Congrats Ray! Longtime fan. Awesome move. I look forward to watching what’s in store for you and the Girl. :)

    – John

  432. Alex

    Good luck Ray! Your blog (actually, is more a living wikipedia of sport technology) is awesome, I’ll follow your work here more close than ever :)

  433. Congrats! Living the dream!

  434. Navnit

    Good luck Ray!! Big fan of you! Appreciate all your work here. I am sure you will be great whatever you do.

  435. Ingo

    Great move! Now get your own online shop and (VAT free) worldwide delivery please! More than happy to drop MSRP there than anywhere else.

  436. arthurq

    congrats, need to monetise the site but please please don’t change it!!!!

  437. Alistair Jordan

    Best of luck

  438. simonb

    Good move! I wish you all the best. Enjoy your new life!

  439. Henrik Persson

    Congrats! Now I can hopefully enjoy even more excellent reading! Please team up with some European company so I can by me a new running watch and supporting the blog.

  440. John

    Awesome and inspiring! An excellentt move forward in your journey of life. Congrats!

  441. Maarten

    Congrats on this big step!

  442. Griffin

    Chapeau Ray on positioning yourself so such a move is possible. As someone that’s been to only half the number of countries you have visited, I know that you know, there’s nothing quite like your own bed at night.

  443. Jeff D

    I’d like to add my congratulations and wish you every success in the future (although I’m pretty confident of your continued success given the fantastic blog you’ve produced in the last few years). Perhaps you’ll now have time to complete a full review of the Polar V650! ;-) …or then again….

  444. Peter

    Congratulations and best wishes for the adventures ahead!

  445. HenryS

    Congrats, your blog has been very inspirational and made me enjoy more running and cycling, will of course keep following you and supporting the site.
    Wish you all success you deserve in business and private life.

  446. Brilliant news, well done, well deserved after all the hard work you put in, best to follow your dreams. Good luck Mr Rainmaker!

  447. Mat0x4e

    Best of luck Ray !

  448. giorgitd

    Wow, congrats, Ray!

  449. Ray, Congrats on a decision well taken! One week remains to enter the lottery for a spot in the Swissman June 2016…Coach Alan’s best ever race plan for this race is legendary. The cobbles, laid around 1100 over the top of Gotthard are magical. All the best.

  450. Tony Tang

    It’s always not easy to find the right work-life balance.
    Have been enjoying a lot from your blog in the past years.

    Wish you all the best in your new chapter!

  451. Ivailo Kostadinov

    Congratulations! And a good luck.

  452. Ron Anderson

    Congrats and best of luck Ray and family!

  453. Oscar P

    I really enjoy the site and I’m happy to hear that it didn’t go out the window! It’s really amazing to see how many people you have made a connection with through this site. I want to thank the Girl because by supporting your dreams I got to enjoy this site and I’ve been inspired by your hard work, ethics and professionalism. Wish you all the best!

  454. baelati

    Congrats to The Girl as I expect you will be more often around in Paris ;)

    Keep up your excellent work

  455. Thank you for the blog. Anyone who rides, runs or swims and likes tech, finds it invaluable. If you ever need a day job, I work at an IT research firm which is always hiring analysts.

    Go Ray go! ;)

  456. Steve

    ..err…so am i reading this right…you gave up your day job, free flights around the world and a good salary for a..err…dog?

    Good luck with that bro!

  457. Congrats to your tough decision and good luck for you both and your inspiring blog!

    For several years, I am an avid reader :-)

  458. Remko

    Good luck DC, I have been forwarding a lot of people to your site and in a social talk I/we were always really impressed how you could have managed this site with a day-2-day job as well.

  459. Dragomir Zivkovic

    Ray,thanks for staying with us!
    Good luck to you and girl!

  460. Bambang

    Carpe diem!

  461. Alasdair Gardner

    Wishing you every success, I have always marveled at your time management skills! I hope that you are able to return to the 70.3/middle distance triathlon you do so much training and I do miss the race reports!

    If you ever need a slightly less bureaucratic place to work just hop over the channel to the UK! Although Lucy may need 6 months in quarantine!

    I too hope you can have a European partnership to help you in your chosen profession.

  462. Greg

    Congrats, when is the baby due ?

  463. Stuart Brown

    Having read your site for a couple of years, it’s at the top of my history. I always wondered how you found the hours to do a full time job and do the site!

    Congratulations on the big change and positive adjustment of the work/life balance.

    Looking forward to the future of DCR

  464. Luke Moseley

    Great news, I love the blog and am looking forward to seeing what happens. Best of luck!

  465. Congratulations on your big decision! I wonder if you will still be doing some freelance tech stuff for income, like at your old job, but not as crazy/often/all over the place?

    Also would love some insight on what process you had to go through to keep your French residency – I did a very short version of that process when I got a visa for a short stay, I know you have to prove support or income in your home country etc etc etc etc etc, but it would be an interesting post for sure! (and boring, because bureaucracy, but still interesting!). How many more years till your 10 year carte de sejour?

  466. My only complaint about the blog: not enough content. Thanks for remedying this!

    Also: is this all because of the podcast with the Girl?

    • It’s been in the works since early 2014, so definitely not a last minute decision. :) It just took that long for the entire process to play itself out in terms of being able to retain/shift visas here in France.

    • Barrie Gibson

      Visas ! You’d think that they’d fall over themselves to make it easy for you to stay – you are a pretty damn impressive advertisement for Paris and the french style of life.

    • Well – it seems like you deserve a break. Just don’t become Mr. Cupcake and ignore DCR.

  467. Jonathan

    Congratulations!

  468. Mike St. Louis

    Well I’m not surprised to hear this. I’m amazed you were able to do a blog and still manage a full time job.

    Good luck with everything Ray! I’m happy for you!

  469. Rob

    Congratulations Ray! Wishing you even more success in the future. Thank you very much for your awesome site and for sharing your knowledge and Parisian perspective!

  470. matt

    baby announcement in 3….2….1….

  471. Vance Harris

    Congratulations Ray

    Did the same myself in a vaguely similar way and never regretted it.

    At least you wont starve – very calorific, cup cakes, as I understand :)

  472. Rich Green

    So now you’ve disappeared from the GAL, does it mean we can expect your thoughts on Band 2? ;-)

    All the very best for the future!

  473. I consider you to be one of the strongest and most trust worthy writers in the sports tech field right now and appreciate your decision. Hopefully this will allow you to continue to do more in-depth writing and still have a life with The Girl (and one day The Child). One note: the last time I called a full grown woman a “Girl” I was admonished by a feminist who heard me do it. You might want to change The Girl’s title to “The Woman”. All the best to you and The Woman!

  474. Rick

    right on, man!! As Matthew McConnaughey extolled, it’s time to start,”L-I-V-I-N”. Thanks for all your advice. You have helped me tremendously in my training, and product searches.

  475. GeeCee

    Ray,
    I think you should seriously consider pulling your travel stories together into a manuscript. Publishers would be fighting to sign you for a book deal.
    Congrats on the big life change. Wow, that takes some big stones…

    Mr. Kissel: I must respectfully disagree on the change from ‘Girl to Woman’ moniker. I’ve been married to my ‘girl’ for 20 years, and she’ll *always* be my girl. The feminists can sod off.

  476. Ken

    Ray,

    I hadn’t figured you out being an FTE, but in hindsight it made sense.

    Happy for you to made the call, use some time to get your bearings and see what this adventure will bring you.
    Best of luck to you and the Girl.

    Cheers,

    Ken

  477. McWoody1

    So why no mention that you’re going to college? Thats a smart and welcome decision for you as a person and for your career. Surely you won’t be majoring in IT since you could teach the course!

    All the best,

  478. iamchrisone

    “like”

  479. yuval

    thanks for devoting yourself for your readers

  480. Well I’ve always been curious as to which two hours a day you decided to sleep whilst during such a thorough job of blogging/testing/working. I guess you can up domir hours a few notches now or ride bike even more.

  481. Eyal

    Dear Ray, I wish you and the girl only the best there is, you both are very wise and brave to try to figure out, search and finally choose the path that might (for real) contribute you by self realization for better life.
    Have a great day after day ?

  482. Chris

    Congratulations on the move Ray! Seeing places like Delaware and Paris, I certainly would want to stay in Paris too. Best of luck to you and your wife, and Lucy.

    Chris from Delaware.

  483. tosin

    Late to the party! Congrats man, that’s a big deal. Seems like the podcast with the girl was kind of an prelude to this posting. It’s a huge step, but you are only going to go up. You do great work, and I’m sure based purely on the traffic you get on this site, you can tell that people appreciate what you do. Make sure you tell The Girl you appreciate her, no matter who is making more sacrifices.

  484. Michal

    Hey Ray – congrats and welcome to the next adventure… It’s like non other. Though I do have to say with your past time utilization techniques you will surely find time for the Girl, the Baby and DCR… Just don’t count on sleeping much :).

  485. David Chang

    Congrats! Your work has been amazing thus far, and I can’t wait to see what you’ll be able to do with more time on your hands. Hope you really get to enjoy some down time now, congrats again!

  486. David Chang

    Will this also give you more time to travel the world for races? Maybe come out to Asia for a 70.3 sometime in the next year?

  487. henning

    Congratulations Ray!

  488. Brett P

    Congrats on your changes! Sounds like an exciting time.

  489. Peter Gaboury

    Congrats and best of luck. I made the decision to move to France from the US 21 years ago and I have been running, biking, swimming and climbing here since and never looking back. Hoping after stopping all your traveling will give you more chances to really see France outside the touristy parts (and that’s where the country really shines !!). Keep up the great quality work on your blog and reviews. You gotta help Clever training to find a way to ship easier to France ? Looking to open up a satellite office in Paris ? Find another European partner (Wiggle ? Another ?) … The sports culture (trail running, bike clubs, hiking, races, open water swims, … ) permeates the culture and there are many technical offerings ( Withings the first coming to mind …). Seems like a big market to me …

  490. Bruce T

    Congrats Ray!
    You’re the go to source for swim, bike, run gadgets and ideas. Looking forward to reading more about your travels and time with the family

  491. Nicholas Kjellberg

    Big congrats to u both!

    Thanks for keeping up the great Work you do here on DCR!

  492. Alfie

    Good luck to you and the girl on your new phase in life! Keep following your dreams!!!

  493. IanF

    Hi Ray, I always drop in each week to ready your blog and always find it interesting and informative. Your write ups are incredibly thorough and simply awesome. So thanks heaps for the time and effort you put in.
    Congratulations to you and the family on such a big move as well as starting another new adventure.

  494. Reg

    “….at work.” PHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great to hear your news and look forward to visiting for many years to come, just need to remember to use your links when I buy stuff on Amazon!

    All the best with your new set up!

  495. Alexander

    Congrats, Ray! Big decision, big change, and I am glad you have the choice based on the value you provide to so many of us.

  496. Andrew

    Hey now. Born and raised in Newark, Delaware (DelaWHERE?). Cool little college town. Regardless, congrats on the big change!

  497. Balazs

    Wow and congratulations. Many of us plans this move, few of us have the courage to actually do it. It is great to see someone who has this kind of courage and it is extremely interesting how you’ll get along. I wish you the best of luck!!! Good move.

  498. Eric

    Congrats Ray! Enjoy spending the time you spent at work with your other passions and hobbies.

  499. Nk

    All the best and keep the posts coming!

  500. Eike

    Many congratulations!!! I wish you two the best of luck!!

  501. André

    Doing a Ray Maker is now a “thing”: link to blog.veloviewer.com

  502. Simon Roberts

    Good on ya! Always love reading your reviews

  503. tristan

    You’re surely getting paid by Garmin now…

  504. Marcelo

    Nice! Congrats, Ray. Finding myself in a very similar stage… Same company, BTW.

    Cheers!

  505. Drew

    Hey Ray,

    Been meaning to do this for a while. Just stopped by to support the site. Love your work, always a great read.

    Have a super New years :)

  506. Tom

    And now we know what you were alluding to, when you said ‘And maybe we’ll make some more big changes…you’ll just have to wait and see.’

    Good luck with your new career, that as a dad. You’ll be awesome, just let things happen, we don’t need reviews ?

  507. Daniel

    Tough decision but I am sure the right one. I always wondered how you found time for such a demanding job and the in-depths reviews.
    All the best and I look forward to continuing to read your reviews and about your life.