After I got home from the Wildflower Rush race I did an analysis of my positioning on the bike. I found my seat was too far back, not allowing me to get enough power over the pedals. After a few adjustments, the next ride felt like I had much more power while climbing. I also got a pro-bike fit to finalize any other changes to maximize my power.
The first couple of rides feel like I have the power and speed I had on my older MTB, the Specialized Epic. It’s amazing how much a pro-bike fit will help you with comfort and power. If you get a chance to get a good fit, I highly recommend it.