Software for Cyclists
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Redding, California
Bikes: Trek 5200, Specialized MTB
In general, it's considered bad form to "pull out and move to the front" of a paceline.
By doing so, you disrupted the group (since you left a gap when you pulled out, forcing riders behind you to close it).
It also sounds like you went out too hard when you went to the front...another newbie mistake.
It's usually better to wait your turn in the line as lead riders peel off. When you're second wheel, pay attention to speed. Then, when the rider in front peels off, hold that speed for at least the first 30 seconds or so. After that, if you're feeling frisky, you can start to slowly pick up the pace a bit.
Note: some of this depends on the nature of the paceline. If it's a friendly social group, then it's best to be patient, wait your turn, take a reasonable pull, and then drift to the back. If it's a racing group, then all bets are off, and it comes down to how much you can suffer and/or how much you want others to suffer.