I thought I was moving quickly (for me), but couldn't really tell since the bleeping new confuser wasn't working. Was thinking that this newish "Oxford" route was my new "cadence / time-trial" route (since I can't fit my old 30-miler "cadence / time-trial" route into the schedule), and that led me to thinking about what it takes to make the bike go faster.
Obviously, being in shape helps.
But mostly I think it might be attitude.
I settled on "calm intensity" as a mental approach / attitude.
And "calm intensity" made me think of Tammie & Bob at last year's Taste of Carolina 1200 AND Tammie's "positive negativity."
Oh, yeah, for Fixie Pixie: I finished my ride by 10 am, showered, dressed and checked email and other internet / computer stuff by 11:30 -- with the entire day yet to come! Yippee! (No more riding today. 138k, likely solo, tomorrow.)
(1) commute to ride: 5.6-m., 0h22 in-motion, 15.2-mph;
(2) outbound: 32.35-m. (52-kms), 2h06 in-motion, 15.4-mph; I thought I had been riding faster than that;
(3) inbound: 32.35-m. (52-kms), 1h54 in-motion, 17.0-mph; very happy with that;
(4) commute home: 6.7-m., 0h28 in-motion, 14.3-mph.