new rider from va/dc/md area
just poking around the forums, reading while i get into this new obsession of mine. i initially got into the idea of cycling as a fun way of getting fit. i'm 25 and not in bad shape, but i find it boring to go lifting all the time and i don't really like the idea of running a lot since i have a bad history with my knees. now as i got more into riding the past couple months i'm getting more interested in racing (TTs and Crits) - possibly joining a team/club. i have friends that either currently race, used to race, do mtb stuff, do triathlons, or just ride around socially so i've been getting a lot of advice from them. i've started to read the Cyclists Training Bible and i'm contemplating getting a bike computer for more accurate training.
i live near tysons corner and usually hop on the WO&D trail for the popular bike routes inside the beltway as well as head west on the WO&D. i try to avoid the roads for the most part as i don't feel i'm fast enough to not become a hazard (averaging between 15 and 18mph for the longer rides).
a question for any crit racers that happen to see this: how long should i plan on training (or at what level) before i enter my first race?
see you on the threads,