I FOUND A TRAINING PARTNER! It's so great to have someone to share the fun and pain with. We rode for about 2.5 hours just at an easy pace and hit the hills pretty hard and just talked about cycling which is the first time for me with a real human being. I'm so happy! We are looking for a sponsor and are trying to get together a race schedule so we can advance to as high a catagory as possible. The more races the better . Once we get jobs we are planning on getting new bikes (a fuji team for myself and a cannondale for him). Any comments on the fuji? $900 is pretty good for a new 16.8 lb bike with Ultegra! We've got the same max heart rate and we are setting up a training regimen after reading several books and using advice from Carmicheal training apporaches. This is going to be a great season and I hope to win the Mississippi State Road Race/Crit championship next year. I also want to win the Tour de Fleur and many more! Things are finally falling in place.