In an attempt to peak for this coming weekend's Middle Mountain Momma, I entered myself in the Waynesboro Criterium this past Sunday. I got shelled. No excuses except that I wasn't strong.
I wish that I could say that I had fun, but getting embarrassed is nowhere near enjoyable. Road racing isn't at all like mountain bike racing. If you're having a bad day, you just can't cruise to the finish while enjoying the scenery.
Road racing is 100% competition and 0% "just here for the ride". I will chalk it up as experience and move on.