I've trained mildly over the course of the winter, doing also some running indoors as well up until two weeks ago. Then I went on vacation for a week to a place where I really couldn't do any training and as soon as I got back got my 5th illness of the winter. Another week of delayed training now that the weather has finally gotten nice for riding. It's been a brutal winter here in the Northeast, almost depressing to a point.
Anyway, I'm supposed to do my first season with a club and these guys have been doing 40-70 miles on weekend rides. Their first club crit is on the 12th of April. My plan was to do a 7 week training program, putting me in position to start racing end of May or so. I wonder, with these guys ahead of my fitness by 'miles' am I wasting my time thinking of racing this year? I'm looking to do Cat5 and maybe get into Cat4 later in the season. What say you seasoned racers about my plight?