+ 1 on improving the technique.
I ride solo a lot. It is the ultimate "Great Escape" and you can enjoy the luxury of moving at your own pace. Take five along the way to take in the view or hammer down and rip. You decide where and when. You pick the trail, you pick the paces. What a treat
That is not to say I don't ride with the gang. When we can, we are a group of five ( my bother, his son and daughter and my daughter ) and we have a blast together. The kids push us old farts to try different lines and keep us young at heart. What could be better?