I just shattered my PB time on a loop training ride by 1 minute and 37 seconds! It was just two days ago that I was all happy about beating the previous PB by 2 seconds. Yes the computer is working, and the ride included brief stops at 2 of the three redlights along the route. No, there was no tailwind at all.
Like on Saturday, I wasn't planning an attempt at beating any PB time. When I go the top of the first hill aka check point #1, I noticed I was a minute under my previous best time to that point. Impressive I thought, but I still wasn't about to attempt any record breaking. In fact, I pretty much put it out of my mind and just enjoyed the ride. It wasn't until approaching the last check point a mile from my home that I noticed I was nearly 2 minutes under the previous best time at that point! Then because I was doing so well I relaxed for that last mile thinking anything under the previous PB would be great. And it was!
I honestly don't recall thinking I was doing all that well or working very hard. What I have noticed lately is that because I know the route so well, I've been approaching each section with a plan in mind to increase the speed without blowing up. Little things like keeping it in a higher gear for longer stretches, shifting up at the first hint of a lesser grade, powering up a few of the short but steep sections, plus keeping a faster pace on the downhill sections. Riding smarter, I believe it's called.
For those of you who train a lot and have been keeping track of your progress for a long time, all this is nothing new. It is new for me though. A minute 37 seconds faster than just 2 days ago? Wow. Now all I need to do is actually begin this route with record breaking as the goal! Or maybe I should just keep stumbling along and surprise myself from time to time. Don't want to jinx my progress with an actual plan!