everyone has a normal/usual training ride they like. you know....the one where you know every pothole and crease/dip in the road.
how often do you change direction or turnoff to avoid a frightening headwind? i never used to change course and used to beat myself up into winds. earlier this year i decided to change direction so i wasn't into the wind the whole ride. i felt like i was cheating somehow, but now i find myself avoiding the wind more and more. i guess in the long run i don't feel like i am a stronger rider for having to go into the wind, especially gusting ones where you can't get a handle on gearing and form.