I decided to sign up for my first road race; it's in two weeks. I have no idea how fast they go, what the average Category 5 rider is like, or how ready I am for it. I know I want to do more competitive things on my bicycle, so a race seems like the right thing to do.
I weigh about 230, have been riding since May of 07, have ridden about 2k since then, and have always been pretty athletic (lacrosse in high school, rugby in college, and I've played club lacrosse for the past 4 years since graduating). I average about 18 mph on my solo, 30 mile rides, and can hang with a paceline at 24mph for about an hour (sans any major pulling). Am I being stupid by trying to race, or will I do alright? Like I said, I want to compete, I've always been competitive, and getting dropped is perfectly alright for me (more motivation, in fact). I just want to make sure I'm not doing something completely unreasonable and get strange looks when I get to the starting line.