So Fausto had it partly right. If you want to be fast, you must "Ride the bike, Run, Ride the Bike, Run...." (lather, rinse and repeat). You get the idea.
Needless to say, I'm pretty happy about this revelation. And so is my bike. Yes I know that bikes don't actually experience emotion. Because.... well, it's just a bike. But I like to pretend they do. Because when you've spent as much time on your bike as I have in my life - you like to think that you weren't riding alone all those miles.
Sorry I was gone for so long my old friend :-)