My goal races are races I know I can do well at but that I've never won. Seconds, yes, but no wins. I know Ninigret is one of the courses I can do if the race stays together. Kermis... for sure I can do that race. New Britain, ditto, it's as close to a Bethel as I can get to. New London, for me, would be the absolute schnizzle if they can hold it next year. Limerock, also, that hill wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, it was like a 10 meter longer Bethel.
I hope that in 2014 I'll be in close to 2010 form. Prior to 2010 I was still heavy - 183 when I started officially dieting Oct 12th. It's not even Oct 12th and I'm 15 lbs lighter than that. I just need to keep up the work. The other thing is that in 2009-2010 I did two training camps - a week in FL and 2 weeks in SoCal. I've already booked an 8 day trip to FL. I hope to do a massive block in Jan (Feb I typically end up riding little due to Bethel and other stuff, last year it was 4 rides mainly due to illness).
The thing is that if we have another kid it'll need to be soon so to me 2014 is like my 2010 all over again, my last year of racing hard for a spell. We haven't decided on when for the second kid but we see it happening in a year or two. I hope that even if/when we have another kid that I'll be able to maintain my weight a bit better and therefore return to racing shape quicker. Prior to 2010 I was typically 200 lbs in the winter.
On school - my GPA dropped 0.5 points each spring. I wasn't focusing much on school and it showed. Bike racing can wait a bit and it doesn't cost as much as schooling does.
For your racing I think you can read moves, you commit hard. It's the finishing off bit that is your weak point but I don't know how to address that.