Way back in my running days I went to the start of an organized event. They had three different start times, 1 for 11 min/mile runners, 1 for 9 min/mile runners, and 1 for 7 min/mile runners.I was in shape to run 10 7 minute miles so that's what I decided I'd do. When the 9 minute runners left the parking lot, I looked around to see who was left. It was a bunch of real skinny fit-looking guys and me. Needless to say, I worked my way to the back of that pack real fast.
This morning I went to the start of an organized ride. I was able to hang with them for 5 or 6 miles or so, but as soon as we got to the hills it was adios Retro Grouch. Deja vu all over again.
Thursday I'm going to ride with a different group. They call themselves "turtles" and "turbo turtles". I think that I may be turbo turtle speed. I've ridden with the turtles before and they were too slow for me but that was before my injuries. We'll see how it goes. It would be nice to find an appropriate group to ride with while I'm off work this summer.