After a few rides, I felt that it would be beneficial if I explained it. Here's a little bit about choosing pace groups and knowing your ability/threshold and riding within it. If you are in a group and are riding at a speed that you are consistently trying hard to keep up to(without being able to take a turn at the front); try being a leader of the pace group that is slightly slower.
This has a 2 fold benefit:
1. It allows riders that are not as strong as you are to "feel" a faster pace without doing all the work. This is great because it trains ones mental state to know that you can ride out of "your comfort zone". The
benefit to you is that you get the mileage in at a zone level that
allows you to build your fitness on, rather than red-lining the entire
ride and feeling spent. Plus this is a great way to help some of the
newer riders feel part of the BCC.
2. It makes you accountable and ride more consistently. This is great because more often than not, we think we are better riders than we are. Holding a steady pace and being aware of others that rely on you
are key components to successful "group" riding. Not to be confused
with "riding with the group" which often translates to having stronger
riders pull you along.
Thoughts and Comments Welcome.