Originally Posted by mprelaw
A 7:40 moving time century is slower than 14-15 mph. It's in the 13-13.5 mph range, if my arithmetic is correct. I doubt you'll be able to sustain 14-15 for a double, even with groups pulling you along.
Sorry, I was unclear. My flat solo pace is 14-15 miles per hour, but not my overall moving average. I know that my overall average has to be 12.5 mph. While I only spent about 15-20 minutes off the bike, I did spend time at stoplights, busy road crossings, etc., and I don't stop my computer for breaks. I also climb slow, and I'm not a lunatic on descents, so a hilly course slows me down.
When I am on a long, flat straightaway, with no stop signs or lights, I roll at about 14-15 mph.
I will be wearing a HRM, so I will know when I am trying too hard to hang on to a group that is too fast for me.
I do have some experience in pack riding, enough to know the dos and don'ts. I try to peel off and catch the wind instead of braking, and try to keep consistent cadence in the pack, and a consistent speed at the front of the pack. Hopefully, that enough. I'm more worried about eating in the paceline. I try to eat about 100 calories every 20 minutes, so I feel like I am always eating, and I don't want to surge the pack by sitting up to ride no handed while I open packages.