At the beginning of every season, I want to try my hand at riding with the A-group on the Thursday night ride to test myself and see how long I can hang. Sometimes I can only make it for 30 minutes before I blow up, but on occasion I can hang for close to an hour before getting dropped.
However, from a training perspective, I wonder if I would be better served by sticking with some hard VO2 max or anaerobic intervals instead so that I can be sure to get a solid workout in at my own level.
Does anyone know which approach is better? Which will make me a stronger and faster cyclist? Pushing myself to hang as long as I can with people who are stronger or sticking with an interval workout that is tailored to my own needs?