SHADD SMITH, 36, OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS
Smith logs 40 to 50 hours a week as a vaccine sales rep for Merck & Co., and he and his wife are raising two young boys. But he's also a Category 1 cyclist who regularly shuts down pros in road, mountain-bike, and cyclocross races. He placed third in the three-day 2007 Tour of Kansas City road race and stood on the podium 43 times out of the 63yes, 63events he entered last year
I bust out and ride anytime I can find a hole in my schedule. I've never looked at it like training, ever. Riding is my release. So if I'm too busy during the day, I'll bike at night to make sure I hit my target= of 250 miles per week. I don't have more than 30 hours to ride each week, so if I have a big comp coming up, I just do harder and more focused rides wherever I can around my job. My wife, Trina, and I both work from home, so we trade off responsibilities depending on our schedules. It's the only way we can keep this whole ship floating.
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