For the last three months I've been running short (30km) slow (25 km/h) fat burning runs supplemented with 50-60km runs in the weekends. Today I figured I'd go for 80km and I did... in 3 1/2 hours at a cruising speed of 30-36 km/h. I was reeling in pace lines of hybrid/road bikes like it was nothing. I'm guessing the group was travelling slowly but still this is a $500 hard tail with offroad tyres. Makes we wonder how fast I could do it on a road bike.
The time differential comes in becasuse I have to wend my way through parks and busy trails at points. I needed 3 bottles of water and a refueling stop in the middle. The strange thing? I just got home and I swear I could out again right now and do exactly the same thing. No tiredness at all, no painful muscles. Next week its 110 km on Sunday.
I really do like this new improved body of mine. Only 3 months ago 20km was difficult. Someone pushed the level up button while I wasn't looking.