I have for more seat time right now than I did at this time last year. I believe March is when it really matters though, crank it up in March, taper through April and be prepared for what I predict/hope will be a gnarly race with few finishers. I don't care if I'm last, as long as I am one of the few. Last years perfect weather and conditions made for what many said was an easy year, I'm ready for a hard one.
This race is a huge motivator. I don't drive to the grocery to grab something, I jog down and write it down as training time. The guy at the gas station looks at me funny when its below freezing, my fingers aren't working right, and I spill the hot chocolate I just bought. He's probably thinking "that guy must have a DUI, why else would someone be riding their bike right now?"
I am half way through the training plan and wondering if I bit off more than I can chew. If I complete the plan though, I know I'll be in good shape. Its time to dig deep.