I think I'm ready to take my cycling to another level. I'm up to 50-70 miles a week and talking upgrades to my Allez at the LBS. The guy I deal with suggested I join one of the local teams.
Now, I've never raced in my life. I took up cycling seriously about 18 months ago after an illness. And, to be honest, I've got a long way to go with my weight loss, though I'm a pretty strong rider and while my endurance and hill climbing suffers from my weight, I can pull pretty hard on the flats. Okay, I'll be honest - I'm still fat but pretty fit from working out almost daily.
Anyway, am I going to make a fool of myself? Would I even be accepted by a team with no real credentials? What are the advantages of joining a team other than the discounts? How good are the discounts?
Thanks in advance. I know I have a million questions. I do like the idea of pushing myself and using the team for motivation. Also, I might add I've turned my riding into something of an advocacy for getting into shape. Facebook is a wonderful thing. I've got a blog too.
Anyway, I'm rambling. Any advice would be helpful.