I apologize in advance if this topic has been covered.
I promised myself that when I got into racing, I would not let my cycling get too intense to a point where the fun dwindles away. Because of this I keep myself at the level of "casual bike racer." However, I feel like the word "casual" can conflict with "bike racing." I am very content down in Cat 5 and do about 4 crits a season. I have a lot of fun participating in these crits, and do not at all get discouraged by not being near the best. I then switch into "Century Training Mode" in August, and just ride for distance to train for a season ending 100 mile ride that takes place in the area. I have been doing this century for quite a while now, and would be very saddened if racing participation hindered century participation.
I ask this because I participated in some of the more intense sprinting and training clinics my cycling club holds, and I did not have a good time. This wasn't because I lacked the skill or because of the challenge (I was able to keep up alright for my skill set), but because I just did not have fun. The others participating were a little too serious and introverted for my humorous and jovial personality (it's okay of you are too serious, but I just can't be). These events seemed more like work obligations than recreational enjoyment. That was when I told myself I needed to tone it down a bit, keep cycling fun, and not let it become "an obligation."
Is anyone else like this? Anyone content down it Cat 5 and keeping it simple?