I repeated my effort on the Strava section I created final week yesterday morning. I did all the things I might consider to get a bit of quicker, together with pumping my tires as much as the max, utilizing stiffer footwear, and ensuring I wasn’t carrying something that will flap within the breeze. However I additionally made one different change that I feel made probably the most distinction: I ate breakfast. The underside line was that I accomplished the course in 51 min 30 sec vs. 58 min 43 sec final week. Fairly an enchancment, which vaulted me to quantity 2 on the leaderboard for the 70-74 age group on this route.
I used to be not anticipating this a lot enchancment, I assumed perhaps I’d knock a few minutes off. That’s why I feel consuming breakfast was the largest change. I’ve mentioned beforehand that I’ve gotten out of the behavior of consuming breakfast earlier than my morning exercises as a result of this could assist acclimatize my physique to burn extra fats, which has well being advantages. However I forgot it’s a good suggestion to have sufficient carbs “within the tank” for timed efforts as a result of this enables extra energy to be generated.
This end result makes me the second-fastest previous man in Morgan Hill! (at the very least on one route…). I doubt if I’ll ever catch the aptly named Mr. Jett who’s in first. This isn’t one thing I’d wish to do greater than as soon as a month because it left me fairly drained. However it’s good motivation for coaching quicker on occasion.