Are you a watt holder, a pop and dropper, or a tail grabber?
Assuming you are riding on Zwift in a group ride peloton prescribed to move at 2 w/kg on a flat road do you in general:
A. Maintain the prescribed ~2 w/kg and randomly float from the front to the back to the front to the back of the peloton with Zwifts natural group drafting dynamic.
B. Hang on the front half of the group and pop 3 w/kg every 10 seconds or so and coast at 1.5 w/kg the rest of the time staying within 10 meters of the group ride leader.
C. Hold 1.7w/kg at the back of the peloton and ramp when required.
I’m a B. Unless I’m in a Sub2 group ride I generally feel more comfortable a few meters ahead of the ride leader.
I also think it’s more efficient to pop and drop watts in the front of a peloton on Zwift. I’ve read a bunch about how the peloton draft dynamics in Zwift don’t represent real life well but I’d say this is just a learning curve in the game to those that think so. With a few pops now and then I can draft at ~.7 w/kg less than the rider in front of me for days.
There is also a lot of talk about group rides that may be exceeding the prescribed w/kg. To this I would say are you A, B, or C’ing. It makes a huge difference.