I am 60 days year old, a little under 5"1 and weight 134. I am very short legged and long waisted.
I ride with a group on Sunday mornings. There are few people older than I am. They go really fast and I never can keep up. The say the need to go 14-15 mph in order to average 12-14 mph. I work really, really hard. If I didn't, my heart rate wouldn't go up to 173 bmp four or five times during the ride. The terrain is really hilly and there are very few flat spots. My AT is somewhere round 140.
They all wear toe straps or clipless. Do you think that might help? I don't want to give up riding with them, but I don't want to hold them back either. The week before last, I was the third to last in. Yesterday only the fast riders showed up and of course I was the last in.
I've been on going to spin classes religiously twice a seek since January. You would think I would be strong enough to keep up.
What additional things can I do???