Two summers ago and went out on a limb and toured the Camino de Santiago, 700 miles, in Spain with my brother on a Trek 520. With the training involved and the trip itself I fell in love with road cycling.
Last summer I didn't get to bike very much, but at the very end of the season I decided to try my first Cat 5 race on my Trek 520 (literally around ~40 lbs). I only did four training days, 1 hour each day. Out of 13 I placed 6th. I loved it though!
As a background into my fitness. I a big year round soccer player so to stay in shape for that I run 5 miles at 6:30 mile pace three times a week, as well as my 1-2 soccer games a week. I'm also a gym freak so I hit the weights too. I can squat 225 lbs for three sets of 20 reps, which I think is very good. I also did a lot of eliptical machine and at one point I could keep up 260 watts for 35 minutes, but I know this is not the same as biking. My mhr is 190 and I can keep up 175 for 35 minutes when I'm running. I'm 5'10 and 162 lbs.
This winter, I'm lucking to have a decent job, I splurged on a Cervelo R3 2007. I got to ride it twice so far and I've also done four 1/2 sessions on an indoor bike in the last two weeks.
I signed up for a cat 5 crit this weekend. Given my current fitness level, do you think I'm way too undertrained to even keep up? I'm not expecting to win, but do you think I'll be dropped?