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Old 12-10-04, 09:33 AM
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No more pain commutes-- hello car, this does NOT hum!!!

Ok that did it, going uphill into 30-40mph headwinds with speed of 6..7 and cadences dropping in mid 40's and 50's suck. There is no point in this punishment. Cold is ok, but headwind uphill, no go situation.

Guess I really have to start looking at the forecast before automatically climbing on the bike because the temp and percip is ok.

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Old 12-10-04, 09:50 AM
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I recommend you immediately throw away your cycle computer and stop thinking about either cadence or speed.

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Old 12-10-04, 10:34 AM
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I recommend congratulating yourself on going when it is hard. If you like hammering, you are getting a bangup work out doing this uphill and upwind!!

It was pouring, and blowing, and yes, I got a wetter than usual and I was merely on time rather than early, but I RIDE!

I changed my clothes, and worked.
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Old 12-10-04, 10:43 AM
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guess that is another alternative, making sure I leave earlier. The real problems today were 1. riding was not fun, and 2. I was 10 minutes late.
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The morning headwind usually becomes the afternoon tailwind.
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that's the only reason I didn't bail.
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The morning headwind usually becomes the afternoon tailwind.
Not when the wind shifts.
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I usually have a headwind both on the ride in and the ride home.
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Yup. I guess I wish I lived North of work.
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Originally Posted by HiYoSilver
Ok that did it, going uphill into 30-40mph headwinds with speed of 6..7 and cadences dropping in mid 40's and 50's suck. There is no point in this punishment. Cold is ok, but headwind uphill, no go situation.

Guess I really have to start looking at the forecast before automatically climbing on the bike because the temp and percip is ok.

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its a great way to train. it sucks during the ride, but when its just about to finish, i usually see myself wanting more and more.
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Training is ok if at least at 8mph. At lower speeds it's too hard on knees and legs.
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Maybe you should downshift and spin instead of pushing. You'll probbly find it easier to maintain a stready speed, and it'll be easier on the knees.
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I would if I could have. My granny is not low enough, it is 35gi.
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Originally Posted by Hawkear
I usually have a headwind both on the ride in and the ride home.
And some days it's UP HILL BOTH WAYS TOO!!!
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I usually have no wind on the way in, and a headwind on the way back. The wind almost always blows from the west here, but not in the morning.
I agree, I don't mind cold or rain or snow, but headwinds are the worst.
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congrats on sticking it out. Gotta take the bad with the good. I had a similar commute this week, twice - but with rain to make it even more fun. Ride home made it worth it, as well all the crazed looks from the co-workers

I was late too...
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Hi Yo-

We must have had similar commutes in Denver yesterday, because I had a slight headwind leaving home in the dark (wind worse in daylight). Going home at 1 provided for a nice tailwind all the way up Cherry Creek. Probably averaged 2mph higher than usual.
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Originally Posted by HiYoSilver
guess that is another alternative, making sure I leave earlier. The real problems today were 1. riding was not fun, and 2. I was 10 minutes late.
Riding may not have been fun, but you got to take pride in yourself for having completed something physically demanding. Now you know that 40 mph winds mean "add 10 minutes."

My marketing guy drives to work. He is a half hour to an hour late every time it rains.

Congratulations on sticking with it!

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Originally Posted by PaulH
I recommend you immediately throw away your cycle computer and stop thinking about either cadence or speed.

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