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Old 03-17-08, 10:22 PM   #26
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Congrats on your 36. That is a great accomplishment. Keep up the great work. My last 4 rides have been wind beating death rides for me, but I really would not have ridden in the wind last year. This year, I am using them as a way to build up my legs endurance. Saturday, I rode 30 miles and the first 15 miles into 25 mph headwinds and had a 14.9 mph avg on that leg. That was huge for me as I would never had done that last year. After I turned around and had the wind at my back, I did a 17.9 mph avg. Sunday was the same, except the wind was on my back on the way out and in my face the whole way back. It was tough on the way back, but I made it.
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Old 03-17-08, 10:30 PM   #27
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Headwinds do have an effect on overall speed, but for me they've always done more damage to my morale than my legs. There's something incredibly frustrating about fighting to maintain a decent speed on a flat road, and it ratchets up to inhuman levels of frustration when you have to fight to get going downhill.

Remember what they say; there are no tailwinds, it's either a headwind, or you're having a good day.
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Old 03-18-08, 07:32 AM   #28
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Just another data point about the impact of riding in the wind. During my commute yesterday my morning 9.6 mile leg was with a 20 mph tailwind. Total time 40 minutes. The return 9.6 mile leg was into that same 20 mph wind. Total time 51 minutes. That is 27.5% slower!! By the time I got home I was feeling a little drained, but I was running about 4 gears lower than normal at a higher than normal cadence.
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Same experience (and wind-speed) in Maine. Yesterday, fighting the headwind I was lucky to maintain 12 mph while working hard. With the wind at my back I was sailing along at 18 mph with relative ease (50% faster).

I like the wind at my back!
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I HATE the wind, hence the sponge Bob logo. Everyone loves to draft me in the wind. At least with hills you can see the end, but wind can defeat you mentally. You sound like you are doing great, and putting in some good mileage. It seems like I never get a tailwind, but when I do, look out. Slight down, and a tailwind, look out!

Remember, it never gets easier you just get faster!
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Wind is tuff when you're trying to go fast. BUT, it's great when you don't have hills and you're trying to build strength. Nothing better than going into a 30mph headwind and the need to go out of the saddle to keep a somewhat decent speed.

No pain, no gain

But then, I'm training for crit racing, not for weightloss right now, so I might have a different mindset on biking currently. Suffering on the rollers ain't helping to enjoy biking right now.

I forgot to add, great result! 36 miles is a very nice accomplishment. Keep it up and you'll be able to do 36 miles without much trouble. Wind or no wind.
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Old 03-24-08, 01:25 PM   #32
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Outstanding and a great accomplishment,here in Texas it is always windy in a sense I actually enjoy the wind even though I complain. Depending on the gears you use it can give you a tremendous work-out helping to build endurance,leg speed, and cardio.
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Old 03-24-08, 01:38 PM   #33
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Still more data on wind riding. I hit one section of road with a 40 MPH tailwind and a 1% downgrade. I averaged 26 MPH for an hour. Two days later I came back the same way and I red-lined the moment I entered the San Gorgonio wind tunnel. Even with a 28 low. If my area always has a lot of wind I would look for a partly faired recumbent.
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