I switched to my TT bike for this ride and never felt comfortable. I think I might have gone faster on a road bike. It's funny the difference between drop bars and Tri/TT bars. Usually it's me and my bike against the road, today I felt not only was I fighting the road, but the bike as well. I think My bars are too far down. My position isn't right, and I never fixed it from this spring.
I think in the end the longer rides and improved fitness helped me more than anything. Normally I would have been ready to pounce and kick ass on the last 5 miles (Iggy Pop)
but rather I felt like this guy below dreading the climb.