Felt a lot of pressure from some friends to do a CX race but I decided against it and plan on focusing on road season instead. I really need a CX bike to be competitive and at this point in time the finances aren't there and I don't find it all that fun on a MTB.
I can probably outfitness the cat 5's no problem, but from watching the race this morning, the cat 5's looked like people who rarely ride bikes(no hate just sayin). There were maybe 3 cyclist on teams I recognized, the others were unattached just showed up to have some fun and race around(and drink beer haha).
The Cat 3/4's are where my friends are and no one was racing a MTB there. Looking at the guys who I raced road with, they were lapping this dude who I could barely keep up with when I was on my MTB in practice...and these were all guys I could keep up with no problem on the road. At this point I just don't want to spend money driving to races and paying race fees when I can't be competitive with people of equivalent fitness.
TLDR: Not racing cross this year, focusing hard on road for next year!
3.5 hours today in Z2 with a friend riding all over the area. Felt good but had to resist not hammering the hills like I normally do, just sat up and 200W'd the whole way up.