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wind, wind, wind ... it's killing me!(21 posts)

wind, wind, wind ... it's killing me!Bosephus
May 3, 2001 1:48 PM
It may be flat here in the Midwest, but it sure can blow. I'm not sure what's worse. Where I grew up in NH it was pretty hilly, but when you got to the top of the hill you knew you would get to go downhill next. The wind here in the Midwest is crushing me. It seems like everytime I go out to ride, my speed is twice as fast coming back as going out (due to headwind on the way out) on the 25 mile loop I ride after work. The wind has been something else this year. Here I was thinking I was going to be the King here in the Midwest ... I mean come on it's flat! Boy was I wrong. Any comments ...?
re: wind, wind, wind ... it's killing me!NEIL
May 3, 2001 2:04 PM
Being a fellow mid-westerner, I know all too well what kind of wind you are struggling with. The constant kind, that blows 30-40 mph at times in one direction, so hard that you have to consciously work at keeping your bike upright and going forward. The kind of wind that on your way out you've done good to average 8 mph and when you get back you have wind burn all over your face and your fingers go numb from gripping the bar so tightly. Nowhere to hide, no trees to break the wind, no buildings to give a momentary buffer. The only consolation is that you are building your strength the whole way and going home is the best part of your day, 35-40mph on the flats in a 53 x11 by yourself is a HUGE rush! It makes you feel like you could turn pro.

NEIL
re: wind, wind, wind ... it's killing me!Dan BB
May 3, 2001 2:07 PM
My usually training ride is several loops around a rather large river. For some $%^#@reason, the wind is always at my head...ALWAYS!!! But when I ride with the boys in a pace line, I am barely breathing!! (My wife calls me "Cippo"). There is nothing like a good strong head-wind to whip your butt in shape. Use the wind to your advantage, ride low and spin. Have fun..Dan
re: wind, wind, wind ... it's killing me!MalandMo
May 3, 2001 2:18 PM
I live in Amarillo, TX. The wind never stops! The only sollice I take is that it is making me stronger. Keep it up, try to go into the wind on the way out, so you get the reward on the home stretch. Keep up the good work, it will pay off when you are riding with people from calm places and you drop them and then you can laugh and laugh.
re: wind, wind, wind ... it's killing me!MrCelloBoy
May 3, 2001 2:31 PM
Take a tandem out in the wind and you'll kick butt! Into the wind you've got twice the horsepower and the same aerodynamic profile.
With the wind the same is true! It ROCKS!
12 miles from home, 30-40 mph straight into my face... (nm)Retro
May 3, 2001 2:38 PM
I know how you feel...John R.
May 3, 2001 4:18 PM
There is nothing worse than laboring against a wind just to keep above 15 mph and then having a huge gust come along and drop you to 5 mph in a matter of seconds. It's even worse if you are going uphill and even worse during the winter when the gust creates a windchill below zero.

John R.
re: So cal windDerek
May 3, 2001 4:29 PM
After reading about the midwest wind speeds I feel like a wimp complain about San Diego's mild wind. Think of the wind as good resistance training.

One way to combat the wind is to ride early in the morning. When I ride to work its virtually wind free. By lunch time (my usual ride time) the wind has increased.

DD
Along those lines,mike mcmahon
May 3, 2001 10:50 PM
I'm curious about wind patterns in places other than southern California. Here, we typically have little if any wind from sun-up to about 11:00 a.m. The wind then gradually increases until it's a relatively stiff breeze (usually from the west) until shortly before sundown. How's the wind where you all live?
Eddy MercxSimpleGreen
May 3, 2001 5:38 PM
Is from a windy place. Take advantage of the wind and train into it for your intervals and strength training. I used to hate wind too, but now I'm glad when it is windy sometimes. I do intervals into the wind to build Lactate threshold or muscle strength. It has paid off and now I also have a psycological advantage when it is windy.

Good luck and enjoy your rides!

SG
maybe it doesn't blow but you suck?confusion
May 3, 2001 10:37 PM
ever thought of it that way?
thanksBosephus
May 4, 2001 5:45 AM
For the highly intelligent and mature response ... pinhead ....
Getting stronger everyday ...Bosephus
May 4, 2001 5:44 AM
I know it's good for me ... I just felt like b!tching a little. Thanks for the support ...
The WIND is your friend.Jiggy
May 4, 2001 8:35 AM
An invisible training partner. Will make you stronger.
How I beat the wind4bykn
May 4, 2001 8:53 AM
I, too, live in the midwest and despise the wind. A trick I've been using: There is a lake (Lake Bloomington) a few miles from here that is fairly well protected from the wind by trees, with a road that loops all the way around it. On really windy days I'll put the bike in my truck and haul it up there and do some laps. There is one stretch of about 1 1/2 miles where I have to fight the wind out of a 7.6 mile loop. I can do as many laps as I need, and don't have to fight the wind. Where in the midwest are you?
How I beat the windBosephus
May 4, 2001 10:47 AM
SE MI
here's some helpful adviceET
May 4, 2001 10:09 AM
Stay aero in a tailwind. Trust me.

:-)
plant treessteveuk
May 4, 2001 1:09 PM
Yes that's right - plant trees. All along your fav route and in no time you'll have your very own custom built wind break. Well actually it could take a while but some conifers can grow 4ft a year! If that's too much hard work why not take a big piece of plywood out with you - maybe 3ft by 4ft - and a hold it infront of you when there is a head wind - instant wind break! The beauty of this is that wood is cheap so you can dump youe special wind break when you get a home stretch tailwind. Remember where you leave it and on following rides you can utilise it's protetive qualities again and again! Any suggestions on the best finish of wood to use? A laminate coating would be best? Anyone tried this idea before?
No don't ditch itBosephus
May 4, 2001 1:13 PM
You can use that nifty piece of plywood as a sail on the down wind leg and really get moving...
Ofcourse!steveuk
May 6, 2001 8:27 AM
A sail! Ofcourse! I never thought of that. It might make steering an issue in gusty wind but anyone seeing you coming would stay well out of the way:)
I just drove thru it ...Humma Hah
May 6, 2001 11:03 AM
... that midwest wind during the week was no fun even in a pickup truck. It took my full attention to keep the vehicle between the lines crossing Texas and Oklahoma. Had I been riding the Schwinn south to north I believe I could have cruised about 30 mph over the flat stretches. North to South I would have been doing well to average a walking pace.