Hi! I live in Mountain View and I have been commuting for 5 months. I decided to take the sport more seriously (planning to join the collegiate race and CAT5 after transferring to a 4-year college) and I started training harder (Doing more climbs, doing intervals, working on trainer, reading training books, reading Lance's "It's not a bout the bike" and spending hours on bf despite mid-terms keep coming up ) like two months ago.... but I found myself not knowing how much progress I am making.
I wonder is it a good idea to start joining group rides so that I can ride and learn from more experienced riders? I just checked the route of the AV B ride and it looks pretty steep and I afraid that I might get dropped during the climbs and drag the schedule of the ride. Any suggestions whether I should join the B ride or not?