My family is in the middle of moving to our new house, and so, that leaves me with very little time to participate in the discussions, right now. In about a week, I will be participating much more frequently and vigorously!
I think the pace of the course is just fine thus far. I do think the pace should be somewhat slow in the beginning. This will ensure that a significant majority of participants are firmly grounded in the basics, which in turn will allow us to go through the later advanced material at a relatively fast pace, especially if we keep in mind the progression of difficulty of material as mentioned by the authors in the Preface (page iv.)