I'm new to road racing and need some training help. I just bought a road bike, the first I've had since 1996, about six weeks ago. In that time I've been riding a trainer or rollers twice during the week and then getting out for at least one weekend ride, if not two. My longest ride as of yet is 38 miles. On my weekend rides I'm averaging around 16 mph or a little better. My goal is to be on the bike four times a week, including both Saturday and Sunday while increasing my overall distance and average speed. Before buying the road bike I had pretty good base fitness due to running, weight lifting, cross training, etc.
I live in Tennessee and am wanting to do as many races as possible this year. There is a weekend of racing in about four weeks that includes a RR, TT, and crit. The road race is 55 miles, even for Cat 5s. While I could probably complete the race, I'm afraid there is not enough time at this point for me to avoid being dropped by the entire field. I'm therefore thinking about the crit? I've never ridden or seen one and am unfarmiliar with how they work, other than that they are fast and hard races. Any thoughts?
Since I missed working on my cycling legs over the winter as most racers do, is there anything that anyone could suggest that would allow me to make up that training deficit and build decent cycling legs that I could start racing on within the next four to six weeks?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.