I don't normally ride with strangers. I ride with my "regulars" and we understand each other's strengths and weaknesses. We ride our normal routes and no one needs cue sheets or anything. Riding with strangers brings its own challenges. What if they are idiots (not so common in the bicycling community but it does happen)? Will they start on time and ride or it is a mosey type of deal?
Tomorrow I'm trying a group ride that advertises as a C+ relatively flat 36 miler. I spoke to the ride leader and I'm probably a little strong for this group. Sunday has some other ride options that I'll try but I'll see how Saturday goes first. I view this as each ride as a speed date (pun intended) for each bike club/ride. I also expect to continue this experiment during the next few weeks.
Of course, all riding this Saturday must be finished before I go to the bar for some St. Patrick's day festivities. Then again, those festivities may make Sunday's rides a little more challenging for me. Need to keep that in mind during and after the riding.
Erin Go Bragh.