i did get a response from the organizer of the Spring Mount racing coming up in about 10 days...i was fine with staying in the MASTERS 45+ Cat 2/3/4, but he said i could switch to the earlier Cat 4 race...
here's what he said: "The masters 2 - 3 - 4 race is generally for B racers- (intermediate) - however you are able to compete in this race if you would prefer- but generally speaking the cat 4 race is for newbies. we can change it or leave it- depending on what you choose.
let me know
craig- and we look forward to seeing you there- bring everone out."
so, though i am in better shape than i've been in a good while and am in great health, what race would be the better to enter for my first race? which would be the most fun? i'm actually fine with being with Cats 2-3-4, but will there be a big difference? also, i may ride my rigid bike, but i've been getting my heavy, lugged steel bike a bit prepared, been training on it for a week, just got some Kendas i hope to try out in very muddy conditions (i've been riding it hard with slicks in gravel, grass, crazy switchbacks and plenty of mud and it's doing better than i would've imagined).
i have a feeling the Cat 4 race will still be full of intermediates and...as my friend said...expect the Rutgers team to be there and thrash everyone