I hate strong winds and today I found out why. Not only did it destroy my ability to maintain a good pace but it blew me off the road at one point. I did not fall but did have a bit of a time staying up in the deep weeds on the shoulder of the road.
I guess it must have been a steady 20-25 mph with high gusts from time to time. At one point I actually had it at my back for about a half mile and at 23MPH it was like being in a dead calm.
Unfortunately riding a loop configuration garauntees the wind will work against you most of the time.
Today was my 20 mile personal TT day and I just canned it after the first 8 miles of fighting and being blown off the road. But even after slowing the pace and trying to relax it made things miserable.