Riding with a group of people is always fun and challenging. It's a chance to get acquainted with others who share the same passion in a healthy, fit environment. In addition, it allows individuals to compete with others at various levels.
I was able to ride with people who have watched me grow as an athlete. They have witnessed my pitfalls, trials, and tribulations. With their help, I got faster and stronger.
Although today's ride with a small group was slow, I seemed to amaze the people (and a dog) who were always at my side. I may not be up to their speed yet, but I felt confident. In the end, I felt like this: