I'm running a race this weekend and have the choice to run in novice men (since I have done very few races) or my real category which is Master 30+ (I'm in Canada). The Novice race is only 42km and the Masters race is 105km. Should I do the Novice and do half decent and then move up for the next race or suffer the Master's race and just try to finish it.
As an aside, I'm a strong rider with good bike handling skills and am competitive. I'm far from being at the front of the Masters (at least I think) but should be able to keep up.
My ego says do the masters race and get it done but then my logical side says do the novice race and see how you do since you only get to move up, not down.