1st team ride of 2013 on Saturday - 1st geared ride in probably 6+ months and 1st ride outside without a backpack on (commuting)
.... and it went pretty well. 60 miles in 3 hrs. Some guys went 73 miles with a significant climb - but as my longest race will be 50 minutes - I don't need to sit on a bike for more than 3 (2 even) hours or deal with getting shelled on a 1 mile climb = cut off with a couple of other guys for the 'short route.'
I can say I felt pretty good and felt strong even after 2.5+ hrs of riding. I was expecting to suffer not having ridden much more than my 30 min commutes + 1-2/week 1 hr spin sessions + occasional (not often enough) Tabata sessions.
This cross training helps- treadmill 15% grade 11.5 mph 30 second sprints + my ice climbing (and climbing training) and resistance training seems to be working .. + the plant based diet too of course :)
.. and I got my 2013 Castelli team kit - much better quality than Primal aside from the F-ed up designed knee and arm warmers. The bibs are pretty snazzy.
= now movivated to improve cycling fitness and see if I can be race ready by April. In 1 month I'll go on the Boulder weekend no-wait weekend ride to get my suffering to a HNL (ho' 'nuddah level)