I realize this may be an impossible question to answer due to so many different variables, but say somebody who's 34 years of age, possessing moderate cardiovascular ability, about 40lbs, overweight, with about a year experience on bike, wants to get to the level of placing in a non-cringe worthy position in a cat 5 race. How much training & how long a time frame do you think that hypothetical person would be facing?
Any personal success stories you can share of going from a hero to a zero?
I realize I will never ride the tour, get sponsored, or gain any sort of fame or sponsorship. But it's on my bucket list to get to a level to be able to beat the average rider in a race.
I'm thinking if I start taking this thing seriously, maybe by spring of 2014 I might be there. Is that crazy?