This is something of an interactive work of art for those that want to participate. Here's what I mean.
I started riding in 1986 while in the Army in Germany. Wide open road, actual drivers that were courteous to cyclists, plenty of rolling hills and of course "Wind"!!!
This is where I will start...I hate the Wind...always have until recently. I know now why I hated it and why now we are simpatico. Anyone else have a revelation like me? If so, that's why I started this. To share ideas and educate our audience.
Anyone with a story?
Wind is part and parcel of riding through our environment. It makes you feel alive, either grumbling going into it or elated with it at your back. All of your senses are more excited when riding: sights, sounds, smells, feelings all contribute to the joy we feel. If you don't embrace the wind, the rain, that which is hard or unpleasant, how can you fully appreciate the other times? The alternative is to a) not ride, or b) sit on your trainer while watching TV. I choose to ride.
That was pretty prolific. For years I cursed the wind when in my face and grunt I did. One day it was like a revelation...shift to a higher gear, spin and breathe the air. I realized you could also shift to a lower gear...grunt some more but when it's all over your body will thank you for it later.
Best of all..when it's on your back, the elation of speed and lower heart rate is something to be excited about. Don't let the wind defeat you, just learn to ride with it. When we have accepted that, then all is good.
Thanks for your input...now, who's next?
Pick me!, Pick me!,
I use to loathe the wind! I would curse,spit, sweat grone you name it, absolutly hate it. It took me quit a few years to accept it. I use to think it was cheating me out of my average speeds and that pissed me off!
At the present it is all good, in the way that it helps me to work harder when i'm day-dreaming, it adds another relm to any cyclists' work-out. Averages..... whatever, if there is a strong headwind I hope it's 30 mph. Catch a 30 mph tail and your in heaven! And as far as rain goes....... SWEET! I ride in the rain 65-70 percent of the time in oregon. After I accepted the wind the rain fell right behind (punn). lol.
After a person accepts the elements your rides are endless!
That was an interesting perspective..and myself like you, always felt cheated when I encountered a headwind. But I never took second thought about a tailwind-too busy flying I guess.
Once I accepted the fact that you can't fight a headwind and use it as a training tool or welcome the challenge of spinning into it for long periods OR take the opportunity to push the larger gear and work on power it no longer becomes a nuisance.
Never had a problem with rain, but it poses the same "mental acceptance" as the wind. Once you've done that it's smooth sailing.
Thanks for your input.