So wednesday night was my first group ride. It was 25 miles and turned into a disaster around mile 21. My new wheels went horribly out of round (I felt the wobble figured they needed some truing then it started hitting the frame). Luckily I had just bought a spoke wrench so I stopped and trued the rim. I fixed the rim up satisfactorily and went out to ride with the same club today.
The ride this morning was 28 miles, about my longest. I was in a group of about 12 riders. I got a few comments at about the midway point where we regrouped about being a strong rider. One other rider suggested rolling up my pant leg. I had form fitting but not spandex pants on. Someone commented I needed to embrace looking good in spandex (I wear my bike shorts and spandex underneath other clothes). I laughed and said I needed to drop at least 40 before I would look good in spandex. We headed back out. I got a turn to take a pull at the front. It was fun. I was riding at a good clip, knew I still had a few riders with me so thought I was going the right pace. powered up some hills and again still had people with me. Finally coming up to a light one gentleman says ok I am going straight you guys want to go left to get back to the rides beginning. I turn around and realize that "you guys" was one other rider. Think we lost the pack with me up front. Ended up averaging 17.8 for the 28 miles with about 1500 ft of climbing. I felt real good getting off. I have found my wednesday and saturday workouts from now on.