Hey everyone! I've been riding on and off my whole life, but this year is the first I have taken it seriously and started "training." I usually ride on a few local group and shop rides. I like riding in a group because it is a great way to stay motivated and have some camaraderie.
I don't know if this is a training issue, a weight issue, or both, but here goes.
On the flatter rides, or rides with rolling hills that tend to be short distance wise. I have no issue keeping up with what I'll call the medium pace group (17-19 average MPH.) Many times I have no issues helping pull.
The shop rides leave from a different part of town, and it involves lots of climbing (well as much as possible in Michigan.) The main factor is at mile 4 until mile 5.5 there is a constant climb that is about 300 feet total. I ALWAYS get dropped here... every week. By the time I recover and get back on pace, the group is around 2 to 3 min ahead of me. It's like the hill is just long enough I can't stand and sprint it with the group.
It's frustrating because I end up riding alone the rest of the ride at the same pace as the group ahead of me. If I fall back a group I end up feeling like I'm cheating my workout.
Anyone share my pain on this one