I'd like to do my second ever race on April 29, a 20-minute crit. I did my first race back in September, had a blast, and hung on great until the very end right before the sprint. Top 10 finish, though (out of 10, ha!).
Problem is, in October I tweaked my back (not on the bike), and have been nursing it for a while, not putting in many miles. Last summer I was probably riding ~75 miles a week, but from October through February I probably logged around 100 total. My back is now feeling much better, and I am getting out on the bike more.
So I'd love to do 8 weeks of base training and then start some intervals, but I'd really like to race on April 29. What's the best approach for me to maximize the 6 weeks I do have?