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Old 11-05-07, 04:18 PM   #26
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Same here on my Saturday ride. Winds weren't quite as bad, but I worked harder than I ever have on this route and finshed one minute behind my best time on it. And my legs felt the difference. I don't quite know how, but the wind seemed in my face for most of the ride even though it is one big loop. Oh well...I'll be stronger for the next ride
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Old 11-05-07, 04:21 PM   #27
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Well, they're talking snow now for tomorrow. Man, I hate this time of year!
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Old 11-05-07, 04:57 PM   #28
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Im from wichita ks. I can attest to how windy kansas is and how bad it sucks
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Old 11-05-07, 06:56 PM   #29
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As much as I still struggle with hills, I'll take them over nasty headwind any day of the week.
Agreed. In fact, the one really long hill I have here is set to block the most common headwind I face (from the south), so getting to it is actually a welcome relief!
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On windy rides I always start out with a positive attitude... "it's like riding up a hill" but the problem is I never seem to reach the crest of the hill!

Not to complain about tail winds but have you ever noticed you sweat more when riding with a tail wind? I believe when you ride the same speed as your tail wind you don't get any air drawing heat away from your body and it makes me sweat more which eventually ends up in my eyes. Also, as someone mentioned above... it sure is quiet riding with a tail wind.
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It took me a long time to realize this, and I had to read a certain book for the thought to even occur to me, but here goes...

I've spent most of my life riding into a headwind. No matter where I go, there it is. I can ride anywhere I please (always into the wind) and when I get where I'm going and turn around, so will the wind.

Some people tell me "Oh, it's not the wind blowing, it's that you're moving through the air so fast."
To those people I say "Bull****. Come ride with me sometime."
It is wind.
I am not that fast.
The branches may not be moving, but that's just because they enjoy screwing with my head.
It's wind.
Pure and simple.

Then yesterday, it finally occured to me.

I'm a wind god.

I can finally stop wondering why it seems the wind is always out to get me, because it's actually not.
All the wind knows it that it wants to be near me, to love me, to swirl my hair in the breeze, to caress my face, and to cool me off.
Unfortunately the wind isn't all that smart and it usually tries to cool me off as I'm going downhill, rather than up, when I'm actually sweating, and would be much more appreciated.

Some of you are sitting there reading this, saying to yourself "Deamer, you need help. You may even need to be commited."

Others are slowly coming to the realization that you, also, are wind gods. Welcome to the club.

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Old 11-07-07, 11:24 PM   #32
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You are nuts, but in a good way
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It took me a long time to realize this, and I had to read a certain book for the thought to even occur to me, but here goes...

I've spent most of my life riding into a headwind. No matter where I go, there it is. I can ride anywhere I please (always into the wind) and when I get where I'm going and turn around, so will the wind.

Some people tell me "Oh, it's not the wind blowing, it's that you're moving through the air so fast."
To those people I say "Bull****. Come ride with me sometime."
It is wind.
I am not that fast.
The branches may not be moving, but that's just because they enjoy screwing with my head.
It's wind.
Pure and simple.

Then yesterday, it finally occured to me.

I'm a wind god.

I can finally stop wondering why it seems the wind is always out to get me, because it's actually not.
All the wind knows it that it wants to be near me, to love me, to swirl my hair in the breeze, to caress my face, and to cool me off.
Unfortunately the wind isn't all that smart and it usually tries to cool me off as I'm going downhill, rather than up, when I'm actually sweating, and would be much more appreciated.

Some of you are sitting there reading this, saying to yourself "Deamer, you need help. You may even need to be commited."

Others are slowly coming to the realization that you, also, are wind gods. Welcome to the club.
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Old 11-08-07, 06:50 AM   #33
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My ride today stunk! My ride partner, had 2 flats, and a dérailleur breakdown (These things happen), and the wind was gusting up near 40 as a headwind outbound. On the way back IT SWITCHED! 25-40 MPH head wind each way. I'm beat!
I thought about this post yesterday when I had a similar experience..

It's a great example of why I'm an advocate of "hours in the saddle" rather than miles in the saddle.
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Old 11-08-07, 09:04 AM   #34
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Deamer,

EXCELLENT post! A wind god! I've been anointed!

And kensuf, I know what you mean. Very rarely do I have the luxury of being able to determine a distance, then ride it regardless of how long it might take me. Usually, I have a time frame in which I can fit a ride. So, some days, I feel like riding harder, or the conditions are favorable, and I ride further than other days. Some days, it is a victory just to get on the bike and get out of the house for awhile. Those days, I'm just taking it easy, and taking in the scenery. I usually ride the trail through the nature center on those days.

But to the original post, I've learned not to curse headwinds. Like most, if at all possible, I take the headwind on the way out. Not always possible though. Headwinds keep me drier and cooler. They force me to ride slower, so I just take in the sights more. I figure, if I am riding to relieve stress, it makes no sense for me to get upset when I have a headwind. Adapt. Overcome. Slowly and surely, you'll beat it.
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Old 11-08-07, 11:35 AM   #35
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It took me a long time to realize this, and I had to read a certain book for the thought to even occur to me, but here goes...

I've spent most of my life riding into a headwind. No matter where I go, there it is. I can ride anywhere I please (always into the wind) and when I get where I'm going and turn around, so will the wind.

Some people tell me "Oh, it's not the wind blowing, it's that you're moving through the air so fast."
To those people I say "Bull****. Come ride with me sometime."
It is wind.
I am not that fast.
The branches may not be moving, but that's just because they enjoy screwing with my head.
It's wind.
Pure and simple.

Then yesterday, it finally occured to me.

I'm a wind god.

I can finally stop wondering why it seems the wind is always out to get me, because it's actually not.
All the wind knows it that it wants to be near me, to love me, to swirl my hair in the breeze, to caress my face, and to cool me off.
Unfortunately the wind isn't all that smart and it usually tries to cool me off as I'm going downhill, rather than up, when I'm actually sweating, and would be much more appreciated.

Some of you are sitting there reading this, saying to yourself "Deamer, you need help. You may even need to be commited."

Others are slowly coming to the realization that you, also, are wind gods. Welcome to the club.
You might find yourself the god of winds. I, however, am the god of uphill. Wherever I go, I find uphill right in front of me, and downhill way in the past.
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Old 11-08-07, 11:48 AM   #36
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I curse a headwind, but I also know it makes me stronger I just needed to vent when I posted this thread. All told, I put in a 40 mile ride under these conditions, and all the mechanicals and flats my ride partner had, I just was never able to get into a rhythm on the ride. It was worse for her though......she wasn't really in shape for the ride, and I spent most of the ride pulling. Jen is game though and we're setting up a regular training schedule, because she wants to get back where she was.
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Old 11-08-07, 01:37 PM   #37
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Then yesterday, it finally occured to me.

I'm a wind god.

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I'm with Tom on this,.....you're nuts!!

but I enjoyed your post. Its sort of like a "Resistance Is Futile" kind of thing.
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Im from wichita ks. I can attest to how windy kansas is and how bad it sucks
I'm 25 miles SW of Wichita right now, and every time I see someone on a bike on 42 or 49, I want to honk and wave and ask if I know them. I've only seen 3 the entire time I've been here.

When it's "breezy" in Kansas, you have to put the lawn furniture away. When it's "windy" in Kansas, you don't leave the house. The only other time I've experienced wind like this is monsoon season in Yuma, Az. (I know that seems odd, but there is, indeed, a monsoon season there)

The guy at the bikeshop here said to stay off of any roads that are numbered, but if they're not dirt they seem to be numbered roads... what kind of routes are the best to ride down here?
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I'm 25 miles SW of Wichita right now, and every time I see someone on a bike on 42 or 49, I want to honk and wave and ask if I know them. I've only seen 3 the entire time I've been here.

When it's "breezy" in Kansas, you have to put the lawn furniture away. When it's "windy" in Kansas, you don't leave the house. The only other time I've experienced wind like this is monsoon season in Yuma, Az. (I know that seems odd, but there is, indeed, a monsoon season there)

The guy at the bikeshop here said to stay off of any roads that are numbered, but if they're not dirt they seem to be numbered roads... what kind of routes are the best to ride down here?
Not sure why he'd say "no numbered roads" a lot of roads down there ought to be pretty decent as long as you stick to the shoulder and are careful. I've driven on US 160 running over to Argonia and Wellington and I wouldn't expect it to be to unsafe. Though I would say that state 42 might be a bad idea with all the idiots running up to wichita at ridiculous speeds.

Maybe a loop down 49 to 44 and across to Anthony and then up 2 and back around to conway if that makes any sense.

Dunno but that's what I think
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Ohmigod...NOW I understand! All this time I've suffered, told my girlfriend, "Don't worry, it's a headwind now but it'll be smooth sailing going back!" only to turn around and get smacked in the face with even more wind. And her telling me, "Yeah, this is some tailwind we've got here." And finally, her telling me, "I don't believe there even IS something called a tailwind!" Only to find out that the reason is that the wind has been paying homage to ME, a lesser wind god (lesser because I didn't know I was a wind god until Deamer enlightened me).

No if I could also be a hill god....
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