A few months ago, I began riding in my big ring up front, and it became easy, and now it's where I ride 90% of the time (granted, I'm in flatland most of the time). Lately, I've begun riding in the drops, rather than on the hoods. I'm probably better fit than a year or two ago, which explains why I'm not feeling any pain in my back, neck, or arms.
I don't ride that way to be faster, but got started simply as a change of pace. I'm beginning to spend more and more time in the drops, and one thing I like is that I can apply the brakes with just a squeeze from one finger. And if I use all my fingers, the braking is noticeably easier than squeezing from the hoods.
I guess my question is for those of you who ride with drop bars, how often do you ride in the drops? I'm wondering if, as I get used to the position, I will find myself riding there most of the time, just as I now ride in the big ring most of the time.