It's not about the bike
Well, it *is* about the bike. I took a 45-miler this morning and averaged mid-16s, speeds I haven't seen in years. The difference? The IF. It's the old adage, "All things in moderation". I don't want to hammer all the time. I like to ride I/Grant style and roam around and take pics and enjoy the Mt.Tamalpais trails, but it felt great, really great, to charge forward. I never was at my limit at all and hope to build enough fitness so I can enjoy more gravel wanderings, relaxed commutes and coffee rides. But the bags and baskets and bells come at a price. And that price is a feeling of fast.