What do you do when you've outgrown a riding partner who is also a friend?
This person got me back into riding, is seemingly in pretty good shape (I think most people would guess she would leave me in the dust going by looks) and has a true road bike (80's Panasonic with 105) vs my Hybrids/touring with racks and usually a pannier. We were great together at first, but I have been a level above her for a while and the spread is only getting bigger. This goes double on the hills.
She even cross trains with running a little (which could be hindering her cycling advancement...?)
I am usually fine with keeping it back a notch or 2, sometimes it's just fine, but often I just want to hammer and I feel she is keeping me from advancing. I have been short of time to train lately and I feel like I am wasting it when we go out. Maybe "wasting" is a bit harsh...
She loves to ride but won't go alone on the road and has no other cyclists at her level around. I feel obligated to keep going with her.
If this sounds like I am bragging at my super human abilities, I assure you I'm not. I still feel relatively slow and that there is much room for improvement.