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Climbing + headwind = PITA

Old 04-23-08, 07:18 PM
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Climbing + headwind = PITA

Anyone else feel the same? It was really windy in SD today. The wind reduced my training time/miles a lot but I guess the extra work makes up for it.
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Old 04-23-08, 07:20 PM
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I kinda like being in pain related to cycling.
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I really hate it when you have to pedal like crazy on descents , in a headwind. Now that sucks. Its been really windy around here (Boulder) lately. This time of year, if it's warm, it's windy. I feel your pain.
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Was going head into some 31mph winds on my last ride, including next to a lake so no windbreaks which made it feel like I was going in reverse. The worst part about strong headwinds, you have to get in the tuck to ease resistance as much as possible, at least when you're going up a steep hill you can sit up and breath easier. Oh, and it was at the end of my ride so no super fun, going fast, with the wind, end to the day. Gotta plan better next time.
None the less its still fun, screws with my average MPH, but still fun.
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Old 04-23-08, 08:07 PM
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i tend to use a lot of profanity while riding uphill in a headwind.
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Originally Posted by s4one View Post
Anyone else feel the same? It was really windy in SD today. The wind reduced my training time/miles a lot but I guess the extra work makes up for it.
Yep. You'll suffer with a wind/hill combo. But, you'll get better/faster on the flats if you do it enough. It seems the more I push myself on the climbs/against the wind, the stronger/faster I get overall.

I was so embarassed with my average speeds the last two weeks climbing around the mountains of northern California that I didn't even post them to my bikejournal.com ride journal

Then I came home and did my usual "loop" and posted my 2nd or 3rd highest flat/low wind averages ever out there. I don't think it's just a "placebo" effect...
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Strong wind seriously takes the fun out of riding. Slows you down, hard to stay straight, more wind noise, chapped lips...
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Old 04-23-08, 08:15 PM
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I used to hate it, then I convinced myself that it was just another challenge to conquer. Now my commute is usually about the same time whether I have a headwind or not.
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Old 04-23-08, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by kirkcubs View Post
Was going head into some 31mph winds on my last ride, including next to a lake so no windbreaks which made it feel like I was going in reverse. The worst part about strong headwinds, you have to get in the tuck to ease resistance as much as possible, at least when you're going up a steep hill you can sit up and breath easier. Oh, and it was at the end of my ride so no super fun, going fast, with the wind, end to the day. Gotta plan better next time.
None the less its still fun, screws with my average MPH, but still fun.
I rode on Fiesta Island near Sea World if you know where that is, as you mentioned, the wind is crazy because there are no windbreakers.
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Originally Posted by kirkcubs View Post
Was going head into some 31mph winds on my last ride, including next to a lake so no windbreaks which made it feel like I was going in reverse. The worst part about strong headwinds, you have to get in the tuck to ease resistance as much as possible, at least when you're going up a steep hill you can sit up and breath easier. Oh, and it was at the end of my ride so no super fun, going fast, with the wind, end to the day. Gotta plan better next time.
None the less its still fun, screws with my average MPH, but still fun.
Going in reverse haha.
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Old 04-23-08, 10:59 PM
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Newb question but, how do you measure your speed accurately? Do you guys calculate distance and divide by time (maybe I have it backwards). Or do you have a speedometer?
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Newb question but, how do you measure your speed accurately? Do you guys calculate distance and divide by time (maybe I have it backwards). Or do you have a speedometer?
cyclocomputer. They're nice to have and there are a lot of inexpensive models.
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Old 04-24-08, 05:36 AM
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Originally Posted by scotch View Post
i tend to use a lot of profanity while riding uphill in a headwind.

Same here. And in west texas the wind ALWAYS blows (at least we dont have any really BIG hills)
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Old 04-24-08, 05:53 AM
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Coming from Jersey in the Channel Islands, we tend to get quite a lot of wind... Annoying when it prevents you from cycling as it is too dangerous..
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Originally Posted by Youngin View Post
cyclocomputer. They're nice to have and there are a lot of inexpensive models.
Define inexpensive
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Old 04-24-08, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by chaosweaver View Post
Define inexpensive
the opposite of expensive.

$20
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Meh. I prefer that to strong sidewind on narrow bridge.
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Old 04-24-08, 07:34 PM
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It has been blowing 20-30 non stop here in Austin. So much fun spinning the 34-19 and going 13 mph into the wind. I would rather have 100 F and no wind than this.
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Been windy lately here in Wisconsin too. ;(

Sometimes I can kinda plan my route to minimize the agony. But yeah, it sucks being in a perpetual tuck going uphill.

Today I musta had a 30 MPH headwind at some point. Some spots where I usually average 20 MPH, I was crawling along at 11 MPH while busting my butt. Demoralizing. Albeit, going with the wind, I was clipping along at 25-30 MPH without significant effort.

One thing I've been tracking lately, is my cadence. I've got one of those fancy computers that also measures cadence, and I sorta try to use that as a motivator when I'm up against it. Sure, the spedometer only says 11 MPH, but at least my cadence is steady at my typical 85 RPM. Same with my heart rate monitor. I know my body is putting in the work, it's just that physics is playing games with my spirit.
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Old 04-26-08, 02:29 AM
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Same, where I usually avg 19-20mph, I was riding 14mph. It was tough. If I ride tomorrow it will be in more of a residential area with buildings to block wind.
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I hate headwinds... Make everything so much harder. I suppose that makes you faster though.
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I agree with the point, that you can see it as a challenge and as such realize that every new challenge only makes you a better racer, or rider whatever your flavour may be.

On the computers that measure cadence, indeed those are a wonderful thing, never though of it that way, learn something new everyday.
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Yeah but..

Descending and tailwind = AMAZING!
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
I used to hate it, then I convinced myself that it was just another challenge to conquer.
+1

I used to just try and slog my way up the hills, then I changed my thinking and now the hills are to be attacked. I got better at climbing and immediately started enjoying them more. We've had enough winds around here lately that I'm starting to get the same mindset for them too.
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I can't believe that no one said HTFU yet
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