Track racers run 1/2 marathons?
I'm debating whether or not I should try to get back into track racing. I have my bike (Gios pista) all set to go.
I know the only way for me to find out how I'll do on the track is to just get out there and race again (will be 35 this summer, used to race at the Velodrome as a Junior). Back then I was a bit timid, but I think I'm a lot more confident in my bike-handling now.
I have been thinking, I am stronger than I've ever been but I am not going to get any younger.
I'm having a hard time figuring out if my size will be a disadvantage or not. I'm 5'10ish and 190lbs, albeit not really a fat 190 pounder. A pretty even build - it's not like I have huge legs and skinny arms.
I run half marathons in about 1:43 ish which is pretty fast for my big size I guess. But would I be able to transfer that to being competitive at all on the track?
I also run a lot of steep trails (for those of you in Denver/Boulder, I run Mt. Sanitas and Green Mountain Boulder weekly). I hear that kind of running is great training for cycling.
I also am a commuter and tend to enjoy my uphill ride from work.
So the CS Velodrome has some sort of weird A, B, and C categories, obviously apart from USCF. I think C is the most amateur of them all. Should I start at C? I remember my first race ever (a road race) was a citizen's race as a Junior and I won it no problem and felt a little bit odd about it, like people watching were like, "hey buddy, get out of the citizen's race!". I don't want to repeat that, but I also don't want to get into something I'm not ready for.
I'm comfortable on the track bike. Just not sure how I'll measure up where speed is concerned.