I've surprised myself quite a bit lately... and I think it has everything to do with a slight change of habit. The old ways are being replaced by new ways. The curious thing is according to the nerds at Strava my Fitness is quite a bit lower than it was in January, when I getting ready for the first race of the year.
Yet, I've snagged a number of PRs.
How can this be... an old diesel getting better?
Well, here's one way to PR... and I can't 'splain it.
With all the rage about fatter tires and lower pressure being faster... why the heck am I faster on my gravel bike on a lot of fire roads than on my MTB with fatter, softer tires?
That shouldn't happen.
But it does, a lot.
Here's another way I've been PRing... the last coupla weeks, as I've scouted a 100k gravel route that I'm calling the Gravel Goon, I've hit trails near our old place where we lived 5 years ago. 5 years ago, I was 10 lbs heavier and a whole lot weaker.
Less weight + more strength = more PRs.
But, the biggest difference is the change in training during the last month. No group rides, which is how I traditionally get my intensity in. Which means... while I've been putting in some pretty big weeks, I've been building my base... growing my capillaries, my aerobic capacity.
While I haven't been chasin' PRs, I have snagged quite a few.
Long live the PR quest!
Shoulders/Abs with Loran + 100 pushups
7 hours sleep <- not enough