I have been a cycle commuter for many years. I have recently moved closer to my job, freeing up time and making me think of racing.
I have done a few group rides over the last 14 months and only one in the last 6 months. I am comfortable with those aspects of riding, I just need to hone my skills.
I have been getting ready to do specific training and I have recent bought my first race bike. A 1999 Rocky Mountain Turbo, aluminium frame, carbon fork and ultegra components. I have only had it a few weeks and up to this morning only had about 50 km on it for two commutes and a test ride. I took it out for a 50 km ride this morning. I held an average of 30 km/h (18mph) for the ride (according to strava 47.5 km and 1:35 for time). I felt good on it and I felt fast, my body was a bit tired (usual for Thursday mornings). I rode alone and it was mostly flat. Is this a decent pace?
I have started looking into clubs and race training clinics, which will not be until the spring.
Does anyone have any club or group recommendations in the Vancouver area? I am looking for a nice group who can help me hone my skills and get ready to start racing. Or is anyone looking for a riding partner to train and help with accountability.
I am a former university swimmer so I know what it takes training wise to be competitive and I am okay with that. I am 34 and in decent shape, I need to work on my core. I usually commute 100-150 km per week at an average of 24 km/h on a steel tourer (Surly LHT) with panniers and a kid half the distance.
I cannot afford a power meter. I intend to get a cadence meter and maybe a HR monitor. I currently track my rides with strava.