Last year, I found I was more comfortable riding in a group, and could stay with the group for about half of the ride, or until they got frisky and started racing. My endurance was definitely better, but I still got dropped regularly.
Last night when riding out west of Pioneers Park, for the first time I felt like I could attack the hills with the others and even participate in the sprint into Emerald. What a blast! Of course, Adrian still rode away from me as we came back to Pioneers Park, but I'm working hard to forget that part. As far as I'm concerned, the real ride was over once we turned back from Emerald.
In other matters, according to the forecast, Saturday is supposed to have a 10-15 mph wind out of the SE. I was thinking of taking highway 2 to Bennett, then ride the rollers back to 77, then go south to Cortland on 77 (maybe a rest stop at the bar and grill there), with the Hallam loup a possibility if conditions and legs are good. The route is about 60 miles. Anyone interested?