I've heard it said how many times that professional bike racers have a simple life. That's not to say that racing isn't hard but that they don't have many external requirements (no (desk)job, family, house, etc). They just have to ride, race and rest. I never wish to be a professional cyclist myself, I know it is hard even if you are gifted, however I do often dream of the pros lifestyle, especially when I'm two weeks away from Nationals and I *struggle* to find 1 hour where I can get some basic training in. I have been using racing as my main source of exercise over the past two weeks and look forward to the season being over not because I am burnt out but so I can stop feeling guilty about all those rides I have been missing.