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Old 01-19-06, 06:40 PM   #1
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Geeze...

Headwinds were so strong today I had to turn the bike around and pedal backwards. 15-20 mph headwinds dominated my twenty one mile ride today.

That said, I noticed something I can't back up with any stats that gave me a smile. I hammered up a couple of pretty steep block-long urban hills with far greater ease than I can recall (and no, not with a tailwind). When did I get better at that?

Also, I'm thirteen miles shy of my monthly mileage target already, and I'm on a pace to do 4,500 miles this year. Not saying I'm going to do that, but I like how my year is starting out.
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Old 01-19-06, 07:59 PM   #2
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Way to go DG.
My riding has been curtailed somewhat, not by headwinds, but by bad weather and travel commitments. Year to date I have 113. Rode this morning for the first time since Tuesday a week ago. The ride felt really good. I will ride again tomorrow morning, but have a big weekend commitment that will preclude any riding.
It sounds like you had a good day. It's nice to get your head on straight after having such a bad day earlier this week.
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Old 01-19-06, 08:15 PM   #3
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Well done! With the mileage you're racking up, I'm predicting this isn't the last time you'll discover you can do something that you once couldn't do as well.
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LOL...15mph days are the ones around here that are the good ones. We've been 25+ with gusts of 40 for frikkin days. I actually almost got blown back off my bike on a climb into a headwind on the commute yesterday. It is a nasty grade to begin with and on a road that funnels the wind as well. Everything lined up just right and I was really wondering if I was ever going to make it. Great work out though, but man it's weird to be going slow enough that you are glad you know how to track stand.
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Old 01-20-06, 10:54 AM   #7
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As you can see by my dual address' , I have new terrain to explore . So, here in Roussillon we have sporadic winds called "Tremonts". Wow. I should open the shutters before I go out for a ride some mornings. They can exceed 90 KM/Hr. I have unfortunately attempted to ride in these 'tremonts.' Think the day I foolishly went out it was like 70 KM/Hr. You just give up on the gusts and walk or else you just fall over.
When I hit the road at 9 am they were a little tamer. But upon my return wow. Probably walked at least 2 miles of the ride. Glad I wore my SPD shoes that day. When you are riding with one foot clipped in to be ready to not fall over, it is time to hit the pastry shop. These tremonts blow maybe once a week.
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Headwinds are a fact of life and I've learned to deal with them. Instead of cursing, I now look at winds as a free training aide.
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trsntrt. you can ride at 60 mph winds- you need train with the pros.can not a side wind at 60 mph turn you over. I found it very difficult to stay upright.

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Sounds like your target is too low at 4,500. Time to up it to give you a real challenge. Mind you, I will be happy if I can do that milage offroad this year so perhaps about right. Wind is fine, it will teach you a lot about posture on the bike. About time you got drops fitted so you can ride with your head below your knees to get that aerodynamic position.

Well done on steaming the slopes on your ride.
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I'm by the ocean enough to have headwind on every ride. My reg weekday ride are 11miles into and 11 miles to my back but after fighting the headwind,i'm pooped and cant take advanage of the backwind.
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Well done DG. Glad to hear the hills are getting easier. Who says hard work doesn't pay off. As for the head winds... Just look at them as Gods way of taking you to the next level. A few weeks of riding the head winds & you will notice your average really picking up. Keep up the good work.
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trsntrt. you can ride at 60 mph winds- you need train with the pros.can not a side wind at 60 mph turn you over. I found it very difficult to stay upright.
I was commenting on the OP's 'normal' winds, not your 70-90kph winds. You can keep those.
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Geeze...

Headwinds were so strong today I had to turn the bike around and pedal backwards. 15-20 mph headwinds dominated my twenty one mile ride today.

That said, I noticed something I can't back up with any stats that gave me a smile. I hammered up a couple of pretty steep block-long urban hills with far greater ease than I can recall (and no, not with a tailwind). When did I get better at that?

Also, I'm thirteen miles shy of my monthly mileage target already, and I'm on a pace to do 4,500 miles this year. Not saying I'm going to do that, but I like how my year is starting out.
Great going, Gary! I can see Linda and I are going to have to work to keep up with you. Remember, wind is just an invisible hill!

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Cheese,how do you like your Roubaix Comp?
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DG, nice progress. Beautiful Saturday morning.
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Nobody had to die. Head winds have always been in charge.
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- headwinds are an organic air massage...

- riding today into some headwinds off the Gulf during a unique combination of air temperature and humidity resulted in an expected leg 'burn,' but also a good feeling of cooling... strange ride!

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I hear you Gary. Today's ride was planned to ride the first 1/2 into a 35 Km headwind. It was tough but the payoff was the trip home and riding up some moderate hills at a pace higher than norm. Best part the raods were dry and no snow.
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Old 01-21-06, 07:05 PM   #21
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Re: easy climb up hill- Way back in '73 I cycled across Canada, east to West. On many occasion I was pedaling harder DOWN a hill than up , maybe by one or two gears. These were long low ascents and decents. I thought it might have something to do with wind accellerate uphill, and decellerate down downhill.
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