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Old 08-21-09, 01:17 PM   #1
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Wind - how to beat it?????

I will always be a clydesdale because I am 6'3". I know I will struggle with this for the rest of my biking life, but there has to be something I can do. Do I use a lower cadence and force through it or jump gears and go to a 100+ cadence. Today I had wind gust that would slow me down by over 3mph in seconds according to my Garmin with the same gear and same cadence.

It actually felt best for me to be running around an 85 cadence and force myself through rather than spinning up two gears and feeling like I was going nowhere very fast.

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Old 08-21-09, 01:59 PM   #2
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Old 08-21-09, 02:25 PM   #3
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All you can really do is just use a lower gear than usual and/or push through it. It's another challenge in the path of life for a cyclist.
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Old 08-21-09, 02:34 PM   #4
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Think of it as a horizontal hill and spin accordingly
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Old 08-21-09, 02:36 PM   #5
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Old 08-21-09, 02:39 PM   #6
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i use prayer.....but never do seem to beat the wind. Just curse it till its done doing its thang.
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Old 08-21-09, 02:54 PM   #7
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Get in the drops, keep your head down, and your cadence up.
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Old 08-21-09, 03:08 PM   #8
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If the wind is only slowing you 3mph, it's not much wind. Don't worry about it. You could get a TT bike though if you were looking for an excuse to spend money.
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Old 08-21-09, 04:47 PM   #9
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I count down the miles till the turn around point and a tail wind home. Then I find that the wind has died or reversed and I still have a head wind.
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Old 08-21-09, 05:37 PM   #11
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I count down the miles till the turn around point and a tail wind home. Then I find that the wind has died or reversed and I still have a head wind.
Tell me about it. On my 10 mile loop it seems the wind changes all the time and usually against me.
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Old 08-21-09, 05:56 PM   #12
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I just complain under my breath. It doesn't help, but it does give me something to do while I'm spinning a billion rpm going nowhere.
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Old 08-21-09, 05:59 PM   #13
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Old 08-21-09, 06:30 PM   #14
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Just push through.....

Headwinds make you stronger. (I know, but it sounds good. )

If it makes you feel any better, when I was crewing RAAM for Rob Lucas, he had to ride almost 500 miles of headwinds before he got a break and the wind switched late on day 2 to a quartering tailwind. His only comment was, "It really doesn't suck, finally catching a tailwind".
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Don't we, as Clydesdales/Athenas just have a bigger surface area? Doesn't that make us more susceptible to head winds? It's just harder for us to go forward, am I right? So, we should either always travel in reverse or be happy with the progress we're making!! That's probably not what you were looking for, is it?
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I used to look at it like that, until I figured out to drop a gear or three and enjoy the scenery. Look at it like life is helping you work for your goal. That way when you achieve it it will be that much sweeter.
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What is even more frustrating is when you have a power meter and you're putting out 400+ watts and you're crawling along at 10mph when you should be going over 20mph at that wattage.
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Bah! The wind! I rode about 12 miles of my 25 mile trip out with a headwind, then half the trip back it was blowing directly sideways. I was all set to get the wind behind me too.
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When it happens, at least you can be thankful that (most times) it's not happening so you have to spin while you're going down a steep hill. I've had that happen 3 or 4 times.
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Just accept the fact that you are working harder to go slower and ride for the same amount of time and call that good. Or ride slower for the same distance and say that you got more of a workout than usual.

I had such a head wind the other day that i cut 7 miles of my normal route and it still took me an extra half hour...I was whipped.

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When I'm commuting and it's windy, I ride busier streets. Seriously, when you're contending with traffic you forget all about the wind.
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Be a bit rough with a side wind, though. Also, what happens when he stops? I don't see any way to hold himself up or get his legs out. Prolly has to pull up to a tree and hope it falls that direction.
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So, I should be spinning through the wind.... I really feel like I am working really hard and not going anywhere to keep my cadence over 100 into the wind. But, between 80 and 85 I feel like I am getting somewhere. I have aerobars, but that only gains me about .1 mph into a wind from my experience, so I have tried the drops and there is not much difference there either.
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