I can feel the legs now after racing since January too, but a week "off" (~4 hours, only one race) helped a ton for me.
rideaz has had a helluva season so she should be in the running!
As for power, don't worry too much about what "category" the WKO/coggan charts put you in - I'm outclassed by a lot of guys power-wise, but can sometimes still beat them. You just have to race a lot smarter than them.
I'm still working to regain my full race form, but it's coming. Results are not great, but improving, which is nice.
I don't think I have the desire to do a stage race right now. I'm not sure if I'll even hit all of the crits on the calender plus I would get blown up in the road stages down there
Um, top 10 in a crit despite not racing for over a year, off the bike last 8 months of 2013, and riding 1-3 hours a week in 2014. (file under outlandish)
Last edited by Homebrew01; 06-17-14 at 07:17 PM.
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike
I definitely have better goals for next year!
I learned a lot over the season anyway, esp. with all the reading I have done here. I have no doubt I can easily make Cat 3 and should be able to get to Cat 2 in a few seasons. Right now, I am stoked to be riding my bike and training again.