I am a first season racer/transfer from 3 years in triathlons. I was told by a friend that competitive cycling even at CAT 5 is a different world than triathlons. He was not kidding! So far 2 road races under my belt and both are DNF. The typical ride for an hour in pack (super fun!) then eventually getting chewed up and spit out the back on the hills. I am disappointed and expected too much for my first season. So far, not a stellar season and I am incredibly discouraged but as I see it I love biking too much to drop it. So it'll mean train harder, drop what weight I can, and *cough* find a team to join*cough*.
Anyway enough of my diatribe. I'd like to hear about your early days in racing. What were they like? What hurdles did you overcome? What kept you motivated?