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Old 04-06-07, 12:59 PM   #1
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28km/h to 48km/h headwinds SUCKS

So I took about the Guru today for a little spin. i was expecting to do about 15 to 25km. I would have been the first time I have been on this bike outdoors since last Nov. I have been outside once this year on my my true North (commuting bike with fenders and soon to have racks). The first ride of the year was a sunny and cold day, around 1+C but i have the clothing to bear it and it was a good ride to clear the cob webs. This was last Saturday. Today, different story. I knew it was windy but I felt I could battle through ti. No way. As I found out after I came back from 5 km of suffering the wind was gusting up to 48km/h. It felt like I was climbing Mont Royal in Montreal.

I will attempt to go out tomorrow morning as it should be a calmer outside. This weather has rreally been bad lately and I am trying everything I can to get out weather like this is brutal.

I feel bad though as I only got 5km. I have to really build this up. I think the first ride with the cycling club will be 55km and I want to do it at 23-25km avg. Must starting putting kilos in.
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Old 04-06-07, 01:09 PM   #2
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Our weather here has been gusty for a month - winds are 'calm' in the mornings at 10-20 mph then get gustier in the afternoons to 15 - 35 mph. Our routes are figure 8 loops of about 10 miles each and the winds seem to shift directions during our rides so there is NEVER a stretch with a nice tail wind that lasts longer than 15 minutes.

I'm tiring of the windy conditions but my HRM shows that I burn at least 100 calories more per hour when fighting the wind on a 20 mile ride. At least there is a breeze that cools me down...
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Old 04-06-07, 01:13 PM   #3
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Headwind=perpetual uphill grade! It makes you stronger!
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Old 04-06-07, 03:23 PM   #4
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I got back into riding 2 years ago (after 40+ years). The first summer was nice and I would go out of my way to run errands on the bike.
Last summer, it seemed to be perpetually windy. I spent the summer in winter mode, planning my errands to bike the shortest difference possible.
What I don't understand is that on a 30 minute round trip, I have a stiff headwind in 3.5/4 directions?
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Old 04-06-07, 03:26 PM   #5
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Because the "Wind Gods" are trying to make you stronger and feel your cardio-pulmonary health is one of their primary concerns!
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"shortest difference possible"

Make that shortest distance!

Wind Gods don't want to see old Bill have a heart attack do they?

I have to ride very upright because of a bad back, so I'm not aero at all.
Weather was actually very nice today (low 70's), so I made multiple short trips. Warm really helps the joints/muscles loosen up and riding is so much easier. Really nice not having to be bundled up like an Eskimo for a change!
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Actually, head winds blow. Although it would be nice if they sucked.
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"shortest difference possible"

Make that shortest distance!

Wind Gods don't want to see old Bill have a heart attack do they?

I have to ride very upright because of a bad back, so I'm not aero at all.
Weather was actually very nice today (low 70's), so I made multiple short trips. Warm really helps the joints/muscles loosen up and riding is so much easier. Really nice not having to be bundled up like an Eskimo for a change!
I saw that, but knew what you meant I just ain't a grammar Nazi!
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I'll ride in the sun. I'll ride in the dark. I'll ride in the rain. I'll ride in the snow (if it's safe). Uphills. Straight a ways.

I hate HATE HATE wind. In NYC there is never a tailwind even if I come back the same way - the way the wind swirls it's always hitting one part. Lately it's been really windy - takes the fun for me right out of it.

All that to say - I hear ya
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wind is absolutely the worst, no question. I went round the lake here yesterday, headwinds going out, headwinds coming back. Someone up there hates me.

I've been over Alps, but the toughest day's cycling I ever did was out in the sticks in Northern Switzerland, flat as a pancake but 2 hours into driving wind and rain, zero cover. Utterly soul-destroying.

Toughens you up though, makes you appreciate the nice days more. Only way to treat it is like an uphill - down into your normal uphill gears/cadence and grind it out.
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