23:45 was a good record for me a couple weeks ago on the 2.27 mi climb from my door. When I ran it my first week here in January my time up to the top was in the 26+min range. I've probably gone after it maybe twice since busting that 23:45 and the rest of the times (I run up that hill to start about 5-7 of my runs per week) I just casually looked at my watch, not "racing" it because it was either a base recovery day or I felt like crap.
After sitting around working most of the day, I missed my window for a ride (plus it was kinda windy and I hate wind), so I watched a couple Leadville race videos for motivation and decided to film a PR attempt, thinking that if I went to the trouble of dragging the GoPro with me, I might be inspired to push harder, plus the weather has been pretty sweet, so that probably helped.
The only real reason I can come up with for the sudden jump in improvement is that not only am I at a new plateau in my fitness and training but, more importantly, I believe it.
Here's the link to youtube if you prefer watching it there (people nearby who can't see your screen may think you're watching porn with all the panting): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja5o8rSW-Ys&feature=youtu.be
Riveting stuff, I know. Sorry.