in the beginning trevor asked who wants to be in group 1, about 15 people raised their hands. i was one of them and didn't get picked until group 6 out of 8 lol. but with that many people and including those that "think" they are skilled definitely makes it harder to group people accordingly.
Yes, it was a tough day for grouping people on Monday. We had a lot of fast people in novice. My #1 group was running a "front of pack" I pace, and I know the #2 and #3 groups couldn't have been far behind, because we never passed them all day.
It's always difficult selecting groups when 1/2 the room puts their hands up for the #1 group. If you felt a different group was more appropriate for yourself you could have easily talked to me or your group instructor to be moved up or down.
We try to keep the groups as organized as possible when out on track. Sometimes they get strung out a little. Basically, the group has to move at the pace of the slowest person in the group for the system to work, and there are inherent compromises in that. In the #1 group I had a couple of guys that were faster than the rest of my group. They resigned themselves early in the day to move at a more "relaxed" pace (for them) and work on lines and body position - good for them.
There was not one classroom session that exceeded 15min duration. Where the problems lie is when people are not on time to the classroom... we sit there waiting 5-7-10 minutes for the stragglers to come in, and then it ends up being almost 1/2 past the hour by the time we're done. I ask everyone in the morning to be on time for the classroom - beyond that, what can I do?
I can't say as I felt rushed all day - we would finish the class, I would have a quick talk with my guys, and still have lots of time to prep for the next session. I even had time to sneak out in a couple A sessions...
If you had concerns I wish you would have come talked to me. I consider myself a pretty approachable guy and I want to make sure everyone has as good a day as possible.