Less than three years ago I was like many others here, a struggling rider happy to get home after a six mile ride. Last night I had my first ride with an average over 19 mph. It was 32.71 miles in 1:43. Nothing that is going to make Levi quake in his cleats or anyone else. But I wanted to make a post about it for the lurkers and others to encourge them to keep riding. You can get faster and ride farther. It just comes in small gains. This is very shocking and earth shaking so get ready, I got faster and can ride farther by doing just that. Don't be afraid to show up for the fast group ride, getting shelled a few times will encourge you to try harder. I have been lucky to have a few faster friends who are patient enough to ride with me. Having someone to chase who will just stay a few yards off your wheel is a good carrot. Overall not bad for someone 47 years old and in 240s. The march to 225 and 20 mph continues.