Slice of Humble Pie
This is a very familiar site when I hit the road bike in the Midwest. Picture it: bumpy rolling hills, farms, livestock, country bumpkins, dust and gravel, rude semi drivers, road kill…but the one thing I probably dislike the most is 30+ mph winds. After today, I was reminded once again why I have such a love/hate relationship with wind.
I need to tell myself that I have not been on the road bike since last October-the indoor trainer and spinning bike is just not quite the same. But one of my rock star triathlon clients really wanted to get in a solid 32 mile ride today since weather was forecasted to be great and how could I say no. Thank goodness for planning. I made sure to watch the wind direction this morning so we could ride into the wind first then have a pleasant ride home. That was definitely success, but even knowing it was windy was not enough for my body. I am beat up. Lungs are sore, lips are chapped, legs are tired, neck is stiff from having to crouch down. I sometimes wonder why I do this to myself, but I could never quit riding. Of all three triathlon disciplines, cycling is my baby. But today was not my day 😦 I am not a whiner, so rather than whine, this is a learning experience.
Many people ask what the trick is to ride with wind. Part of it is sucking it up and just dealing with it. Key is to stay tucked, power through it, lean into the wind when battling cross winds, and always ride into the wind first so the ride home can be about double as fast. I cannot say that most folks love wind, but it does make you a stronger cyclist as an end result.
So for those that are lucky enough like me to fight the wind on a regular basis, use it as a training tool and rather than whine, be humbled by it.
And be safe, I have seen wind knock over even the best cyclists from time to time!