I probably change my name to pack fodder or off the back. However, after watching the Jiminy race I think I would like to try my hand (or legs) at a race.
Now the damning stats
Unfortunately, I have not been riding a lot this year. I've only ridden about 150 miles so far. I have a 22 mile commute to work (9 there and 12 back) and I've been riding in twice a week and in a couple of weeks I begin riding in every day along with a 40-60 mile ride on Saturday (group ride). My pack riding skills are somewhat decent (though I have not done it for almost months). I have ridden in group rides where people sprint for city lines, try to drop each other (all in fun) etc but I know that is not a real race.
I've never been a speed demon, I can sprint pretty well but my average speed solo is 16-17 MPH. Last year I was back up to 17-18MPH but in all my rides this year I've only seem 16+ on one ride.
I could conceivably see raising my average by 1-2 MPH over the next two months. I can maintain 18-20mph on flats but as soon as a hill shows up that comes way down. Also, it seems to take my legs forever to wake up. I will be struggling to maintain 16 and then 30 minutes into the ride I am cruising over 20.
I've got the endurance of a gnat, but I'm working at it. I currently also weight 175 pounds and would like to get to 162 pounds (and will because every year as soon as I start riding I drop 10-15 pounds with no problem in 2-3 months).
So, I'm looking to target my first race for end of July or early August. Am I over-thinking this? and also, for those in the NE area, what would be a good introductory race (with distances in the 25-40 mile range)?
I have a Jamis Quest Frame with Ultegra/DuraAce and Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels (so essentially, I cannot blame my equipment )
So, any advice would be highly appreciated.