Wow, that *is* soon!
I say, if it's something that piques your interest, just go for it and you'll never have to regret that you didn't try it. It isn't likely to be any easier if you leave it for the future, and there is always the risk of future medical issues, injury or family responsibilities that may keep you from going. It sounds like you are available to go this year and you have the resources. Even if you *are* the last finisher, you're still beating millions of other people who will never even try an event like that.
My backup plan is to do the Maryland race in May. It is closer, a nicer time of year and has lots more elevation.
The one thing I don’t find appealing about Sebring is that it starts with an 89 mile road loop in central Florida while cars are on the track.
Is Maryland all off-road?
It is not. It is a smaller loop in a less populated area with a finishing loop around a university.
I feel like you’re ready, thanks to all the hammering on your trainer.
What I would really like to do, but couldn’t manage the logistics for this year, is first week of Feb do the Austin hilly closed loop and then go to Sebring for the flat course the next weekend.
Sebring was much more appealing when I though it was all on the track. Thinking about it, I realize that would be too crowded.
Deferring Sebring. Mrs isn’t well enough to want to travel. Not serious, just annoying and requiring an extra couple of hours of sleep every day.
So...I signed up for Ride to Conquer Cancer to Niagara in June. I have 3 candidate time based races later in the year and will choose based on Flight’s race schedule. Also committed to Natchez Trace in the fall, which I am quite excited about.
Which Natchez Trace event?
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It isn’t a formal event. We’re just going to tour the Trace for 5-6 days. I will ride it and Mrs will shuttle and ride short bits. When we set dates I’ll advise CD and EK, both of whom have expressed interest in cycling some of it.