Sh1tty topic, but how do you avoid it? For all you guys that don't race for a living, and occasionally have work commitments overlapping race weekends (2-3 times year) how do you handle it? I'm an employee in a small team and I nearly lost my sh1t today when I got informed I'd be needed offsite for 3 weeks which takes out the next 2 race weekends here. Apparently all my prepaid exp will be reimbursed, but man I've been looking forward to this. I know it's a balance between the hand that feeds you vs looking after dependents/racing budget etc, I may not avoid this one so what are some strategies for preventing it in future, apart from the obvious which already crossed my mind, a few times.