pan y agua
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem
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As many as there are bettween now and the first race in your area. Thelonger into the season you wait to get started the harder it is to get started. so take whatever fitness you've got, and go test it out. The ego pride competition aspect will push you to work harder than you can train on your own. So even if you get dropped you'll get better training than staying at home.
In my personal situation I only had one week of doing any real intensity before my first race last week. I debated with my coach whether to go, because I thought I'd be OTB. He told me to,and I finished comofrtably mid pack. Yesterday after one more week finished 5th.
You may actually suprise yourself, particularly if you have been putting agood base in this winter.