My goal last summer was to have entered my first race by summers end. I got a job at a factory. It paid well but it turned me into a grumpy ******* with no time to ride (r=.98).
I'm setting the same goal for myself this summer and i've got a job lined up that should offer me much more free time to get ready. I know there is no science to this (or maybe there is) but when did you know you were ready to race? I know i'll get my ass handed to me regardless, but i'd rather not finish dead last with everyone waiting on me .
I know time on the bike is important, intervals help, etc...but any tips on getting "race ready" would be great. I bought a training book last year but i don't have the time/tools to follow that program unfortunately.