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headwinds headwinds headwinds..(5 posts)

headwinds headwinds headwinds..cyclopathic
May 6, 2002 9:25 AM
is there anything worse then headwinds??

13.5hr in headwinds, 190mi loop, headwind out and headwind back.. how possible? wind changed direction at midpoint, what a crual joke. last 50mi alone, legs burned with acid, bonked in open countryside facing 10-15mph wind. The only time my speed was going up when I was climbing and was shield by roller.

I don't know about you but I'd take climb anythime over headwind :-(
ain't that the truth...Jekyll
May 6, 2002 9:42 AM
It always seems like the wind changes direction just to spite you. I think in valleys you get a swirl effect which feels like the wind is in your face all day long. The other thing is that winds tend to change through the afternoon into evening. For me, I sneak out of the office at 5 and get back at 7:30 and the wind seems to follow me just to spite me.
Agreed though, I'll take a climb over a head wind any day of the week. That preference is usually answered when mountain biking but then the mind seems to long for a head wind in place of the next obnoxious climb......
Can't win, just ride.
my local forcasts calls for 15-20 knot winds all week long :-(Tig
May 6, 2002 12:32 PM
I may take up sailing again if this keeps up! Well at least it beats hot and humid. Oh, wait, we'll be having that as well! Let's see, what else... Oh, at least it beats not being able to ride at all. I guess we all have to make the best of what's dealt to us. Life could always be worse.
A first for me . . .Steve98501
May 6, 2002 1:15 PM
There are headwinds, and then there are HEADWINDS. Four of us rode through the Yakima River canyon Saturday, and twice I had to downshift and push harder to maintain my speed going DOWNHILL!!! I don't believe that ever happened to me before. Crazy ride, but at least it didn't rain.
headwinds both ways in Reno...cory
May 6, 2002 3:21 PM
I often have gentle headwinds going to work in the morning, then a fierce west wind coming home after the desert heats up. Going in is easy, because it's downhill, but the 20-30mph blow coming home can double my time.
There was a story about headwinds in Bicycling several years ago explaining why they seem so common. Don't remember the details, but I think it said that anything in a 270-degree arc with dead ahead as the center is likely to be perceived as a headwind, depending on your speed and the wind speed.