I am 16 years old, 6' 1" and 160lbs. I have been riding for a little over a year now (July 2011) except for the months of september 2011 - febuary 2012.
I have never raced before, only solo and club group rides, but I really want to make it somehwhere in my life with racing. I am worried that I will not be fast enough to even keep up with the races though. No matter how much I ride now, my speed does not seem to be increasing. I have a couple of questions:
1) I can average 37km/h on flats in the back of a pack on the club group ride. But am struggling a lot to pull, and then stay with the group after about a minute of pulling. Is this good speed for someone like me? And how could I increase my speed? I am worried because everyone I look at in my province's racing results that is my age, averages 37kmh + overall in races.
2) How do you warm up for races out of town without an indoor trainer? I know almost everyone gets dropped on their first race, but I don't want it to be because of not warming up.
3) Any advice on what I can do to prepare myself for races, training wise? Mental and/or physical? Especially now with the winter coming in a couple of months plus school on September 4th.. homework.
Thanks in advance!