This weekend is the first race of the season. I registered tonight. If you had told me I'd be racing this race back in January I would have told you that you were insane. Fortunately, I have enough fitness now (thank God) to actually consider racing.
It's still going to be a painful experience! Racing always is, particularly the early season races. The body is just not quite ready, and it takes a while to adjust to the pain and demand on the body. Then there is the mental part, getting over the initial nerves, getting back into race mode, and relearning how to suffer and push through the pain.
It's going to be fun!