Went on another shop ride. Only two other people showed up. I lost them on the first hill. They were very nice and waited for me to catch up, over and over again. One of them apologized for pushing ahead, and assured me that if I keep riding, I’ll get better at keeping up. I hope so. I was so frustrated and tired that I tried very hard not to cry in my tea at the coffee shop after the ride.
It occurs to me that I’m not starting the ride fresh, since I bike about six miles to the bike shop. Six miles doesn’t sound like a lot, but it seems to be enough to tap me out earlier than the rest. So maybe I should consider getting to the shop earlier and resting a bit? I would take the Metro, except they’re doing track work, and I would also take the car, except R often needs it to run weekend errands.
I hate the idea, but I should also consider buying a trainer so that I learn to pedal at a constant rate. I think I tend to coast more than I should, which is fine for commuting, but not for these rides.
And also, I need to work on the panda shots. MG is the queen of the danger panda shots. I still have to work on my technique.