I know I don't have winds like you guys living by the ocean but I get my share in Oshkosh, Wi. Some times I think I'm pedaling in place. I try to see as a strength exercise but when your done and you look at total time done and average speed it can be a confidence deflater.
On windy days I wish I had a riding partner or two to practice draft riding and get a break. I find it hard to get in an easier gear to fast easy cadence rest when you are already in the lowest gear and it feels like you are in your hardest gear.
I still ride and I think it stinks .... what i don't like is when I'm in a cross wind situation and you are being thrown all over the place. Sometimes I'm afraid I'm going to catch the should and the edge of the road and take a spill. I hope when and if I do that there is not a car right behind me.
E: You can always complain but yes when it comes to the wind it only can stand to make you feel better but it won't stop the wind. I hope you enjoy the corn as it can be a great wind blocker. Good luck in the wind.
I am on the east coast, but have also dealt with the constant headwind when riding on the coast. I think it has to do with the flat lands--not enough corn for a wind break! Seriously, I used to have a circuit that essentially had 4 directions (think of a square) and I would NEVER have a tailwind. Usually the winds would change in the middle of my ride, but a crosswind was guaranteed.
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K: If you are ever down in SD I'll have to take you through our wind tunnel. Some days are worse than others. It's actually next to where the wanna-be-seals train. It's the BUDs school. So if we are getting that much wind and we are a little more inland it must be crazy for them to have to run through all that. :P It's also funny because this spot is where my buddy used to take us for our rides to train. I used to think it was kind of crazy having him take me through there when I was new. After a while we took some other newbies through there and at that point I had been riding for a while. We trained in a speed line since there were enough of us. It really proved to me how that line worked. I can also see how one on one it can work. Ok that was a little off the topic but it did apply to wind work.
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Fitness Minutes: (31,713) Posts: 2,093 2/29/08 3:02 P
SPARTYJR3000 So you know what Iím taking about with a head wind going to and leaving the beach!! Good to know Iím not imagining things.
I did have one ride that I cut short because of wind gusts. When I found myself pedaling but NOT moving forward because of a very strong head wind, I decided to throw in the towels and jump on the train. That was a strange feeling. I was already running very late on the ride because of the wind and had to stop several times to wipe the dust out my watering eyes. My average for that day was in the single digits!! Ouch!
During my ride down the coast last year, we had one day where we road on interstate 101 (near Lompoc) heading towards the beach through a very fast downhill that had mean cross and winds whipping you around a very narrow shoulder. The lanes for the traffic were also narrow and we fought for space with big trucks. The trucks did win of course. Many cyclists jumped on the SAG wagon to get a ride past this part of the road. I knew about this part since it was my second time making the ride and made it down the hill intact. I pulled into the rest stop at the end of this dangerous section and found cyclists viably shaken by their ordeal.
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:D Yeah tall corn stops the wind. I don't know why it is when you ride to the beach and back you have a head wind each way. I know there is one spot down in SD that has the ocean on one side and a bay on the other. The wind whips back and forth the whole ride. It's a crazy wind tunnel to ride through. Since the wind never really sits on your back it makes the ride really long both ways.
You know, I have always tried to defend Indiana saying that that is more here than just corn....then I read a promotion for a group ride and it said "it's great time of the year for the ride; the corn will be up--that means a great wind break!"
It's easy to have headwinds going both ways... But, it can be worse. When I took Army Basic Training at Ft. Bragg, NC too many years ago to admit to, we swore that we marched uphill to the rifle range every morning and uphill back to the barracks every night...!! Lots of pain, both ways... But after 8 weeks, it was over...
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It seems like the best has been said. Try to take what nature throws at you as a blessing. When I'm struggling to push through the sea winds I know that it will make me stronger. I sometimes feel like Lt Dan in Forrest Gump when he was in that storm and everything was chaotic. After I feel the peace. I try to beat myself until the wind subsides and by beat I mean push really hard through it. When that wind kicks up I think of it the time that my adversary is creeping up on me and I have to kick it's butt. I hope you can find something to motivate you through your wind. Good luck.
"That what doesn't kill you know leaves you bruised and hurting but still alive." -- Me :D
Think of the wind as a challenge that must be overcome. It's unpredictable and can effect your ride one way or the other.
I grew up in Cheyenne, WY, just east of the mountains, and we could encounter 40-50 mph winds any day of the year. Sometimes even windier - especially in the Spring. and... I rode nearly every day when there wasn't snow on the ground...!!
Now I'm in Colorado - not quite as windy, but it can still have its challenges - like headwinds going up one of the canyon roads west of Denver...
Hang in there...
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Wind can make ya work, no doubt. Here in Nevada, it's rarely NOT breezy. I'm pretty much always guaranteed some sort of headwind, somewhere along the way. Often on our Sunday rides that start in the early AM, it's usually calm. We'll say.. bike east on I80 and then south on a two lane rural highway.. average total mileage is 60-80 miles depending on where we turn around. On the return trip, we are guaranteed a crosswind down the 2 lane highway, then when we turn left (west) for the next 30 miles, we are heading into a headwind. If I'm riding solo, it really stinks. If we are in a group, we can rotate who leads, giving ourselves a little break. Makes great training rides.. you work until the bitter end. LOL I live for hills, I love to climb, so I try to visualize myself grinding up a hill.. for me, it helps. Go figure.
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Marnie RENO, NEVADA
A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.
Especially traveling uphill...then on the downhill having to downshift and crank hard to get up to 14 mph. Of course the wind had died down on the return trip. (curse you cruel fate!) Still I managed to get 11 miles in, (took my wife her purse she left at home) and survived the commute. (heavy traffic in one section with un-navigable sidewalks) Now I get to eat lunch and cycle to work and back. (4 miles RT) I'll have a total of 15 miles today!
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