I am a former Olympic Trials level runner but have had a secret desire to be a competitive cyclist since I was about 12. I have always felt that I would be a better cyclist than runner anyhow, as I am built much more like an Ullrich, rather than a Bob Kennedy. Additionally, I have a very high VO2 Max, even for an endurance athlete(I'm lucky enough to have been lab tested),which I feel will help me in cycling more than running.
Unfortunately, up until now I haven't been able to cycle, due to team committments (I ran NCAA Div. 1 xc and track). However, I graduated in May and have got myself pretty decent bike and am ready to start my new pursuit. After about 2 1/2 months of sitting on my butt, I started to ride everyday and now have no trouble keeping up speeds of 22-25 mph for solo rides of at least 20 miles. On a whim I signed up for a Cat. 5 race that is in about a month.
So...my question is: Are there any other former runners out there who could give me an Cat. 5 equivalent running level? I realize that this is a vague question, but I'm only in mediocre shape for me and don't want to get dusted! I have no cycling friends, so in terms of category racing, I'm completely clueless. I'd just like to know what to expect (in terms of level of competition) when I ride up to the starting line. Also, any other advice from runners who have made the same switch would be appreciated. Thanks!!