So something I have been working on lately is riding in the drops. As I believe is common with most bid guys this is not always the easiest thing. I've found at least in the short run the most difficult thing for me is getting enough air. My chest just is not as open as it is when I'm on the tops. Is this just a matter of losing the gut (I'm 5' 10" currently 275) or is it something that is learned over time? Is there anything I can do now to help with this?
Riding on the local MUP today I was headed back to the parking lot when I came up behind two riders who were on their way back from their ride. They were going a little slower than I had been so I announced my presence and that I was passing. One of them light heatedly says "you know you're gonna have to pull us now right?" and I was like "sure jump on." Given the circumstance I decided to have some fun and dialed it up to 400w (as 41 as that sounds according to this it is true I held 22 mph average for the last 1.25 miles: http://www.kreuzotter.de/english/espeed.htm). No I didn't drop them, but that wasn't really my goal, I just wanted to go hard. It was a lot of fun, but I can't help thinking that if I was in the drops I could have gone even faster, about 25 mph according to that calculator. I didn't try it because I was working heard and didn't want to risk losing any air.