Many times when I'm out riding, especially on long Sunday rides, things such as this enter my mind. Over time I haven't become much faster, which is frustrating. I'm not too sure a power meter would help much when I don't seem to have the energy I need.
Cold weather seems to trigger it. I'm not sure whether it's allergies or some other sinus trouble, but I just don't feel quite right. My head feels weighed down, and it drags down the rest of me. It's been happening every Winter for at least several years, and I still don't have it figured out. This really interferes with my attempts to build more cycling strength and endurance.
Paceline riding is something I haven't yet attempted. I'd need a few other riders who are also rank beginners at it, and who are willing to go slowly -- say, 13-14 mph.
Bike fit? About 14 months ago I had a Specialized Body Geometry fit done, and have been happy with the results. True, it wasn't cheap, but it was worth it.
Drop weight? I'm working at it, but I'm not looking at losing it too fast. That doesn't work in the long run, and it's not as though I were trying to rid myself of mega pounds. Five or six, yes.
"Gear" used here seems to mean bicycle and wheel set rather than chain rings and cogs. I'll use the word to mean chain rings and cogs. I've read a lot about how pushing a hard gear can let you go faster at a somewhat lower heart rate. As time goes on, I'm finding it to be true. I have to be careful, though. If I do it too much, my left knee starts to feel strained, and my lower back, too.
With all this thinking about cycling, it's amazing that I don't dream more often about riding. Not long ago, I did. I dreamed that I had ridden several miles from home, only to discover that I had forgotten to wear my helmet. Dreams sure can be weird.