Are you content to sit in ? What I mean is, if you're riding in a group, do you prefer to just sit in the group and stay on wheels the whole ride or do you like go to the front and work to keep the ride at a high pace.
On the Saturday Judson ride after going to the front and taking a few pulls in the paceline, I drifted back to the middle of the pack (40+ riders). Maybe it was a loss of concentration, I don't know, but I found myself on the far right, 3 abreast, not my preferred position. A rider to my left who I did not know said "This is great, getting towed along at 30 mph. Not having to do anything."
I smiled and thought to myself, "but I want to do something, I didn't come out here for an easy ride." I looked aver at the guy and said "I gotta move back up front," he said, "come on over," let me in and I did.
Yet again, cycling illustrates life. "Sitting in" or going to the front? Letting someone else work for me or doing some of the communal work myself. Sometimes, physically, all I can do is sit in, but when I am able, I want to go to the front.