Author, Cheri Felix urges you to get out there and join a group, "Whether you were pushed into a locker or you did the pushing...consider letting go of worrying about being different. Of being the worst. Or always last. Or the slowest."
Volunteering at races and events is a hot topic right now. Sacrificing your ride/race to support "the greater good" is sometimes hard to do. Having a personal connection can often be a strong motivator. Nicole Drummer (a regular contributing editor to 303Triathlon.com) did just this, with Bike MS Colorado.