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Old 05-03-12, 08:35 PM   #1
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Will this wind never end?

We actually had a calm day or two here this week, in amongst tornado warnings, thunderstorms and flooding, so I'd hoped tonight's shop ride would be gently breezy, but no, it was 20 mph, gusting to 26. Only this time it was coming out of the southwest so we had it in our faces the latter half of the ride. The group shattered right after we turned into the wind, and while I'd been able to bridge minor gaps 2 or 3 times on the way out, this time when I called on my legs they refused to answer. I ended up riding home alone, or so I thought until a pencil-thin guy 30 years my junior piped up from behind me and thanked me for towing him. I had no idea he was there. We did a few miles side by side and talked a bit. Turns out he's a newcomer to cycling and is still getting his legs. Nice guy, but I was a little surprised someone like him had to hide behind me.

Long story short, with no place to take shelter from the wind, I did the 26 miles with a moving average of 16.3. Nothing to write home about. The Garmin speed chart is almost comical - you can clearly see where the headwind took place. It's especially evident if you use the player function and overlay speed and heart rate. The first half was high speed, low HR, and the latter was the opposite.

If I weren't having so much fun I'd be discouraged that I've been dropped now 3 out of 5 rides.

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Old 05-03-12, 09:08 PM   #2
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Your doing great, keep it up
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Old 05-04-12, 01:34 AM   #3
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Consider it built in resistance training for free!
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Old 05-04-12, 06:17 AM   #4
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Craig,

You never want to move to the DFW area then! The other afternoon it was gusting to 30+ mph. My commute had me straight into it, had no choice but to put the head down and grind it out.

According to my heart rate, I was hammering away at a full gas interval. The average speed though was a different story.

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Craig,

Same story in Houston all week long.

I've recently started commuting to work. The last week has been all about fighting a head wind all the way there. Most of the week the wind had changed direction by the time I got off, so I had to fight the same headwind all the way home.

Last night was nice. I live NE of work and the wind was out of the South. I was real grateful for the push.

Still, 20 miles is a long ride for me. By the time I got home I felt like someone had been beating on my thighs with hammers.
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Keep at it Craig.
I went on a group ride last night - if you can call 5 a group, and we covered 28 miles/1050' in 1:34. My best average for that length of a ride to date.
I was leading the group chunking up a hill at 23 mph when a racer guy that we know came past us on the hoods like we were tied to a hitchin' post.
That was kind of demoralizing.
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I did the 26 miles with a moving average of 16.3. Nothing to write home about.
As someone whose best all-time 25 mile loop speed was 14.0mph, I would KILL to average 16.3 on a loop. Don't sell yourself short, that's a magnificent speed.
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I was a little surprised someone like him had to hide behind me.
i did a huge pull one day in a very stiff wind winding up the group for a sprint and i think all 15 guys thanked me afterwards. i know my buddie loves drafting off of me and hes 60 pounds lighter than me. he once told me the draft was good enough to grab something to eat as i was suffering up front. hence why he likes me as his lead out guy during group rides hehe.
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Old 05-05-12, 05:28 AM   #9
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You're doing great . 16.3 avg is fantastic !
In answer to the thread question , no .
Not in the 51 years T've been living in the midwest .
If the wind drops, look out for the approaching tornado .
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The faster you go, the more headwind you endure.
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Wind is a fact of life out here on the coast. I look at it this way. What passes for "hills" around these parts is a joke, so wind is a blessing.
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16.3 AVG with wind!! You are doing fine man!
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