Training & Nutrition - Wind Resistance
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07-29-05, 07:56 AM
I want someone to tell me that you burn more calories when you meet wind resistance than when the wind is to your back - otherwise I'm just going to turn around and go the other way whether I need to go the other direction or not. I know I sound whiney, but wind makes all the difference!
07-29-05, 08:53 AM
Wind and hills, wind and hills - I love 'em! What I love the most is that every day is different with the wind ... some days, it's a force to be reckoned with; other days, it's a whisper you can barely hear. So whenever I go out, I take what I get and it makes my rides more interesting/challenging.
Here's to the wind at your chest!
Your energy expenditure is proportional to your effort.
Since it's harder to pedal against the wind, you will spend more energy doing it.
However, a good cyclist will pedal at his/her maximum continuous power (in a race at least) regardless of the speed, so the effort will be identical in both cases.
Personally, I take it easy when the wind is helping me along, and push harder against a stiff headwind.
Ever have a day when you ride a 70 mile circuit and the wind is in your face the whole time??
I just had a ride like that and it was all uphill to boot!! :eek: :mad:
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