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Brutal Ride but a Triumph of the Will!

Friday, May 31, 2013

I was scheduled to take a 22 mile ride today and planned to work on my cadence. The winds were blowing so hard and from a challenging that I almost decided not to ride. Specifically, the NW part of the Twin Cities saw 25 mph sustained winds with gusts into the upper 30s. They are coming out of the SSW which for the route I planned to ride is about as bad as it gets. It's a west and then east out-and-back route, with about 2 miles of north-south travel, so this wind direction meant that I started out with a mile of tailwinds, 20 miles of crosswinds, and a final mile of headwinds. I pretty much had to fight the whole way but I made it--it was indeed a triumph of the will!

Hope you all had a great day today!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MHEDIN2 6/1/2013 10:48AM

    In southern MN here but had to deal with the same winds and a largely west out and east back route. I'm just getting back in the saddle, so to speak, but figured I'd try to put a couple of miles on. Started out aiming for 4, then figured I could do six and finally ended up doing 10. Can't wait til I'm up to the 20+ mile rides again!

Great job on jumping that mental hurdle and just getting out there and doing it!

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BILL60 6/1/2013 9:04AM

    Way to go, my friend.

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SANDYCRANE 5/31/2013 7:49PM

    The old me would never go on a bike ride if there was any wind. Now I don't even think about the wind until I can barely pedal.


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BECKYANNE1 5/31/2013 7:08PM

    Great job! We had those same winds down here in SE MN. We made it 20 miles. It was tough, but it made for a good workout.

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JAMBABY0 5/31/2013 7:04PM

    Great job!!! Hope you have a good weekend

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