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I felt like a sailboat on wheels today.(18 posts)

I felt like a sailboat on wheels today.Spinchick
Oct 7, 2001 12:24 PM
I..think..I' Seriously, Kristin (and other Chi-towners), I have a newfound respect for you. At one point I felt like I should have been rolling along at 20mph for the effort I was putting forth. Looked down and I was doing 12. Wonder how the Pumpkin Patch Pedalers did today?
Hey, same here...Allen az
Oct 7, 2001 12:47 PM
I almost fell over today! Usually I'm cruisin' @ 21-23mph, but I looked down @ my computer and I was only going 8mph! My sprint only got up to 13mph!

Yeah, and the headwind was uphill, tooRich Clark
Oct 7, 2001 1:20 PM
My weekend rides start out towards the northwest, and I'm climbing away from the Delaware River, so it's truly difficult on a day like today when the wind is so stiff and in my face starting out. I was very grateful for the audible "out of zone" alarm on my HRM, and I heard it a lot today.

I grew up in Chicago, but I don't remember ever working this hard to ride anywhere. Oh, to be young again.

I sometimes wonder...Cliff Oates
Oct 7, 2001 1:48 PM
how I could be facing a headwind on ALL 4 legs of a loop ride. It's supernatural, I tell ya...
re: I felt like a sailboat on wheels today.Mikereyno
Oct 7, 2001 2:11 PM

I rode the Pumpkin Patch Pedal today and it felt like every turn we made was into the wind. I know what you mean about putting in a 20 MPH effort and only getting 14. That and a 37 degree temp at the start made for an interesting ride.
re: I felt like a sailboat on wheels today.Jay
Oct 7, 2001 2:15 PM
haha, I thought last week was going to be my tough century at the Ramapo Rally, hilly but territory I'm familiar with. Today's PPP was windy as hell, especially heading west off of Rt 70 by the Lebanon State Forrest. And it never let up. After getting a flat (glass) at mile 23 and almost seriously bonking at mile 83 (1 mile from the last rest area- didn't eat enough at Rest Area#2) it was a nice day if you could get out of the wind. I didn't have any of my cycling buddies withme so I couldn't even get any shelter and wind up doing the century in about 5 1/2 hours at an average of 18.5mph. At least the Ramapo Rally had some downhills, with this wind this tour felt like perpetual uphills...

I didn't get to do the PPP today but I passedSpinchick
Oct 7, 2001 3:05 PM
some stragglers in Middlesex county during my ride this afternoon. They were looking pretty wiped out. Makes me kinda glad I didn't sign on.
re: I felt like a sailboat on wheels today.maria
Oct 8, 2001 6:11 AM
Riding against the wind is like climbing a hill and never getting to the top. Anyone remember the sail they used to sell to go on bikes?
Sailing.........Len J
Oct 8, 2001 6:22 AM
I crewed Saturday morning in a sailboat race. We were in a 27' Cal, reefed Mainsail & a #4 stormjib & were still flying. Rail was in the water on every upwind leg, almost knocked down several times. Rain, swirling wind, 30knot gusts, constant winds at 22 to 24knots, adreneline rushing the entire time. Your question about a bike sail makes me picture a bike heeled over into the wind, I sure don't have enough ballast for that (although my wife might say that I am occasionally full of ...ballast)!

BTW we won the race, (of course only 3 idiots showed up (including us))

Of course it cleared up after the race, I came home & battled the winds on my bike for about 40miles. My wife is right, I am a glutton for punishment.

I really hated my deep dish rims today...azdave
Oct 7, 2001 7:47 PM
In the crosswinds, my Rolf Vector Pros felt like they want to sweep out from underneath me.
I really hated my deep dish rims today...Jay
Oct 8, 2001 3:37 AM
Even without the deep-V rims, there were some times you felt like you were going to be Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz... I'm glad I didn't have my 58mm Zipp 404's on... Even with the Ksyrium-like Speeddreams, they were being blown around alot.

Welcome to my world..............Len J
Oct 8, 2001 3:45 AM
of strong wind. After being pissed off for many rides where speed was at or below 14mph, due to winds, I finally realized that the best thing I could do in headwinds, was to pay attention to the HRM and allow extra time for the ride. The good news is that riding in constant winds makes riding with no wind feel like coasting.

Wind is a great training partner, you curse him when he's beating the S**t out of you, but remember him fondly when your riding stronger when he's not around.

re: You all are tougher than me!dzrider
Oct 8, 2001 4:11 AM
I felt the wind when I walked the dog and went running in stead of riding.
Hmmm...was it a of national phenomina? Haiku Format...Kristin
Oct 8, 2001 6:50 AM
Jeffrey has done it!
Bike time equals Haiku time
Think in strange grammar


AM church meeting
Might as well get exercise
Despite 3-4 temp

spin spin spin spin spin
reads little sign taped on stem
why am I slowing?

Trees are strangely still
But headwinds buffet feircely
Slowing, slowing...gone

Grrrrrr...must shift again
Spinning is not an option
Mom, are we there yet?

Finally arrived
Note to self: "Rethink wardrobe"
Ah...long, warm meeting

What? Why no meeting?
Today is Oct. five
Meeting: Oct. thirteen

Seriously, the winds were quite annoying...much like this lame attempt at Haiku. But its not my fault...I have become a disciple of RBR Haiku master Jeffrey.
Not lame. Pretty good actually. Too bad about the meeting. nmSpinchick
Oct 8, 2001 6:56 AM
LOL - oops on the subject editor I am not! (nm)Kristin
Oct 8, 2001 12:46 PM
"But headwinds buffet feircely"--nice one! nm/nhJs Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 5:04 AM
The wind......Blue 'Goose
Oct 8, 2001 12:37 PM
yesterday in Minneapolis was cold, relentless and unceasing.

A friend and I decided to get out there and just ride and
we ended up near a swimming beach where the wind heading
in off the lake was like fingernails and my body was the

I suppose I shouldn't have worn cycling shorts, but I didn't think it would be quite that cold. Although I did wear a fleece zip-up top over my cycling jersey.

It was a great ride just because of the crispness of the
air, the fact that every tree looked like it was putting
on a color display and while we were riding we noted two
F-16 fighter jets doing circles over the city on patrol
looking for trouble, in some ways disturbing, in other
ways comforting. And in a certain park where there's a
long bike loop there were lots of people out in force...
We even saw one kamikaze girl riding what looked like a
Raleigh comfort bike at better than 28 mph. Insanity.

But the wind was just unceasingly relentless on its
howling passage:

The hill I can usually do 40+ mph on downhill (and maxed
at 62.5) I only hit 35 mph yesterday on my 15 mile frigid
roadie ride (registered trademark?).

By the time I got home I was pretty well partially frozen even though I did manage to stay hydrated.