I went out with a local club today. I had a great time - I had never ridden across the Golden Gate before. I took the shortest option (26 miles) and left pretty early, but it was still good. My only complaints:
1) I was the slowest guy for sure and I felt bad for the two really nice guys that hung back with me - they clearly could have gone faster. They didn't seem to mind but it still made me feel...super slow. I guess it was good that I was pushing myself, but I was still hella slow.
2) At one point someone not with the group yelled something about "sausage" in my direction. Given how self-conscious I feel about cycling clothing I immediately thought it was a reference to that. Is that a "cycling insult"?
Trek Madone 4.7 WSD, 1969 Schwinn Collegiate, Surly Long Haul Trucker, Terry Classic, Gary Fisher Marlin, Dahon Jetstream XP
Jackie, I had a group ride earlier this summer where I was way, way slower than the group. The person who got me to ride with the group must not have believed me when I told him my average speed. I too had a couple of people who were kind enough to ride with me. But it is an uncomfortable feeling to be babysat. However, it was nice to have company on a long ride. I stopped riding with that group. Maybe next year.