Hey y'all, I've been looking at this forum for awhile. Lots of good, no, great info here.
Okay - a quick story about my first group ride experience: I went down to the LBS the other evening for the semi weekly 30 mile ride. They had about 20 people for the "A" ride (faster) and me and a good lookin' lady for the "B" ride (slower). She was a "regular" and the guys knew her. We took off, all together, as I was told the B group would fall off at some point. Well, about 5 miles and a few hills later, I was struggling to keep up. Got stuck at a red light by myself, and they were off into the sunset. I guess that good lookin' gal was an "A" rider afterall. I knew at some point I'd fall off the pace, I've only been riding 6 weeks, and tend to avg. about 15 - 16 mph no matter what the distance is. I did a 100 mile ride last Saturday (HH100). I know I have a ways to go to build up strength and endurance, and I am having a great time. Next time I go to the LBS for a ride, I'll either be a stronger rider or I'm going to identify and depart with the "B" group, or just ride on my own.