I've stumbled onto a physiological phenomena that maybe some of the seasoned riders can offer their experiences with. A few weeks back I had posted a strava run on one of our challenging cat4 hills, locally. Here is what happened leading up to it. 3 days prior I had made a PR ride on a fast 30mi which gave me a tasted of heat exhaustion the next day. A couple days of recovery and I attacked that strava segment and set a PR on a particularly hot 90+deg and humid evening. Tonight, I just repeated that scenario entirely. 3 days ago I did a hilly 43mi ride on a 94deg day and it whooped my butt bad. Tonight I clobbered that hill segment and gained one more place in the top 12.
I guess it's heat acclimation because there surely hasnt been any radical changes in my training, rather methodical but nothing outright radical.
Anyone else experience these physical strength gains in hot/humid riding conditions?
Here is the link to the ride tonight (jumped to #6):