Did the training crit, and it felt great to be out there. Not as embarrassing as I anticipated, but that was in part due to the low summer turnout (110* day today, and it's the off-season). I used the B race to warmup, and it was, well, a B race. Not from a surge standpoint, as this is a very smooth/fast course, but from a speed standpoint. The surges on this course are mostly for the rise on the front straight, and in the A race, I didn't recover well enough/quick enough from those 550ish efforts. After a few laps I fell off, then picked the small lead group back up for a little bit until they announced 3 to go. I warmed down during those since, even though it's considered cricket for this ride, I wasn't comfortable riding across with the lead group when I was a lap down.
I'd rate the overall effort level 2 on the suffer scale:
Beyond Level - You fall over into a supporter's arms, with a dramatic look of anguish, a la' Tommy Voeckler
Level 1 - Puking onto yourself or a teammate
Level 2 - Lung butter, but no puking
Level 3 - laying across your bars panting
Level 4 - Pretending to be really spent, even though you waited at the side for 5 laps, then let the pack "catch you", like you were OTF
Handling was fine, as I didn't overreact to the typical 'stuff', and overreaction is what I worry about. I'd say my cornering was 'satisfactory', but I'm only satisfied with 'great' cornering, and I can't give myself that. I'll improve with more time on this bike, with what I think are final fit changes. They seem good.