Around 37 years ago I lived on the Pamlico Sound in North Carolina and bought a Hobie Cat sail boat. Unfortunately I had no tutor. My first day on the water, the wind was from the west and I thought it a great idea to run with the wind for hours, toward the Outer Banks. About two-three hours before dark, the thought of reversing course finally entered my "mind". A couple of hours after dark and I was becalmed god knows where. I did manage at great effort to swim, towing the Hobie to a lighted dock, where I found people and a phone. This was long before cell phones. I called my worried wife who picked me up leaving the Hobie until the next day.
That did teach me a lesson since generalized to do the hard stuff first then glide. It's been handy in all sorts of contexts.
I wanted to get a ride in today but weather was less that ideal. Temps were more than fine but the wind was from due south at 20mph, gusting to 30. Using my Hobie lesson, I picked a route that headed straight south, geared down, gritted my teeth and just pedaled into it for an hour. When the gusts were up, the wind was pushing 40 mph relative, there were times that 10 mph was WORK.
But the trip back
Was worth it
I've gotten so I can't enjoy a downhill or down wind ride if I do it first thing on the ride but I sure do if I've already done the hard lifting.