That's really cool. I have been hoping for a couple of years that I could speed up and not be the guy at the back all the time. I'm chuffed that you managed to get in the pack - what's that like??
The most important thing is that riding is fun. My slowness is the only thing that stops me enjoying things as much as I could.
An apology from me:
In most of the meets I've attended I've felt a bit 'fatty at the back' - fitness not really being up to it, always being near the back and generally holding everybody up. As just mentioned to Weeman_mtb, whilst retaining some fitness left over from commuting, I was determined to be at the front dammit!
So an apology from me to all that may have thought I was being a bit ignorant, I was just proving something to myself and apart from the bike being set up wrong for the ride, I enjoyed every minute of and could have carried on for more.
So, its also thanks to Retrobike as a whole for another great day out and an epiphany whilst holding the gate open and looking at the view...