It was a real eye opener for me! I used to dominate the Crits in college, winning multiple in both collegiate and USCF Cat 3. I did my last real race in 2007. The Army took it all away from me with two trips to Iraq, a lot of traveling and field time, but I finally got a chance to get some down time in the past month. I have done some running since then, but no real cycling workouts.
I "thought" maybe I still had my fitness... wrong. Two 50 mile group rides did not prepare me for the ass whoopin' I got this evening by the Cat 4 field. I got about 20 minutes into the race and realized I was not going to be able to hang. Sure enough, on the next acceleration, I could not hang on the pack. As bad as it made me feel, it was good to get a dose of reality. Now I know what I need to do to fix it. No racing for me until next Spring, just get my base back and train