Went on the local group ride last night which is always a nice break from the standard solitary sessions. Last night's crowd was a little smaller than usual, only 11 people, but most of the riders were pretty strong so it still ended up being a solid, fast-paced ride. In fact, due to the quality of the riders everyone in the group was working so we had a nice rotation going for the majority of the ride. This makes for a much more enjoyable ride (and better workout) than the sprint-and-stop action which occurs when there is a big group containing lots of riders who are just "trying to hold on."
Despite the fact that most of the ride was a nice, steady pace, there were still a couple of breakaway attempts when the pace slowed a bit. I didnt try any but I did chase a couple of the more serious ones down and was hoping to get some nice short duration power numbers in the process. Looking back at the file, however, is pretty depressing. According to CyclingPeaks, my peak 5s power was only 515W while my peak 1min was a measly 380W. Pretty pathetic, especially when some of the guys I race against have FTPs in that range. But hey, if nothing else this just give me more of an excuse to keep hitting the group rides.