I joined a group ride (my first), that said it was a one hour 2.0w/kg recovery ride. Right out of the gates, 3/4th of the group blew the leader away & we played “catch up” for the first 5 miles (@3+w/kg), once we got together we stayed together for another 5 or so but still at a steady 2.5-3 pace. Then we hit a hill. Now I don’t know exactly what the rest of the group was doing, but up that hill I maintained AT LEAST 2.0, most of the time 2.5, and for a couple stretches over 3 for the majority of the hill & I got dropped huge (3 minutes behind the last guy of the group, who was only a handful back from the beacon-rider!) The last five miles of the ride I pushed 2.5-3+ to catch back up to the pack & barely gained any time back before it finished.
I had fun for a while, while we were all together there in the middle. However, I guess I was disappointed overall in the fact that I really was trying for an actual “recovery” ride that day & the stated @2.0w/kg would’ve be perfect. As it was, pushing 2.5-3.5 for an hour ending up just being another workout, that I would’ve rather done a different day in my schedule. Not awful, just not what was expected based on the description. Kindof to Chip’s point. Maybe I misunderstood, but maybe the title gave a poor description (or different perspective) of the actual intent. Is there a way to click on a ride to see more of the intent/detail without automatically joining you to the ride?