You all know the feeling (Fisher, you get it on almost every ride)... you see it, you HAVE to catch it.
First I saw a group of roadies...so I decided to move things up from tempo to threshold (BTW, I have NO idea what, speed, heart rate, wattage, or otherwise that corresponds to, I just know how it feels). They didn't like the pace so I was alone again.
Then I caught a group on tri bikes...and the biggest carrots of all, TTX, BMC carbon racer, litespeed among others. We played together for the rest of the ride...really nice guys and one of them was good friends w/ the guy who runs Eco Seagate (my New Zealand trip a couple years ago). Its a small world.
What I learned? They had computers, and I need a bigger ring if I want to go any faster than 49km per hour=)