I learned two important lessons last night in the Bike Master's Wednesday Night Ride. Doing a pace line into a 30mph wind is tricky and some people, no matter how nice they are off the bike, are just assholes on the bike.
At the Bike Master's ride, I get with a group of four. We started working together in a 30mph wind. The speed kept increasing. Then somebody who "thinks" he knows how to ride calls me out for "gapping the f&^!" out of the group. I wasn't the only one "gapping" people. I check my HR monitor as I follow through on the side of the rotation. I maintain that speed and soft pedal when I got on the front. If I was gapping people it was because they could not hold the pace that they had set.
Two guys dropped off then it was me and this other "Pro Rider". I was maintaining my pace, he would come around and then I would come around. Thought we were working together but come find out that we were in a "dick-measuring contest".
Oh well... what is that AA saying?
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change...