Thank you all for all of the advice you regularly offer in threads for those of us just getting started. You have gone and made me curious/interested enough to finally give this a try. I just signed up to pin a number on for the first time at 43 years old at the Grant Park Criterium this year (probably only the beginner race to start with, but also considering the Cat 5 since I had to buy a one day license anyway). I welcome any advice any of you have for preparing and training two weeks out. Right now, the philosophy is show up, pedal hard, and see what happens. By way of background, I am decently fit right now, been riding off and on since 2011, rode 50 miles last weekend and went through a moderately challenging climbing repeats workout yesterday that I plan to repeat regularly. I also own a spin bike, but don't have a Zwift setup yet.