I achieved my first goal from 2 weeks ago, but I don't think it had anything to do with me. We went up the same evil hill to 96th St and the group stayed together due to a blustery North Wind and almost double the group size. I hung out with them for the first 2 hills, then went way too far into oxygen debt by the 3rd. I haven't had the feeling of almost throwing up from going so hard in quite a long time. Other lessons learned on the ride: I need to find which of my old cycling sunglasses work best to shield my eyes from the wind, and if it's ever below 50°, I need to do something about my feet - booties, chem toe warmers - something. My tootsies were really hurting by the end of the ride.
The reason I didn't make last week's ride was this:
Bike boxes everywhere. The shop was in need of some help, so I passed on the ride. There's a bit of a dent in those mountains of bike boxes, but I sure hope the other builders step up and put in work.
I might attempt to join the GSV ride this Saturday, but I'm concerned I'll end up getting lost in Iowa since I know nothing about that area and will probably get dropped again. Or I may just go on a longer solo ride at my own pace. Maybe (re)starting out with competitive group rides after not riding at all for the past 2 years is a bad idea?