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Almost everyone I group ride with is faster than me. Some a little, some a lot.

This helps me for the probably obvious reason. I'm riding faster/harder than I would alone.

Our Wednesday ride is fast, but no-drop on the way out, faster and avoid getting dropped on the way back. Other than riding harder than I could by myself, I'm also learning about pack efficiency. I get dropped after some stronger riders because I'm way smarter about which wheel I'll draft and do a lot better job of keeping myself out of the wind.

The only unfortunate part is that as I'm gaining fitness, the overall group isn't getting faster. A few guys are, which keeps it interesting, but overall training benefit is diminishing. That doesn't mean I won't keep doing it. I look forward to actually attacking instead of following (read: hanging on) to attacks. Once I get there, I'll learn/train the attack/recover/attack/recover cycle.
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