- Sep 12, 2005
January and February is the season of strong winds here. And although I don't remember being bothered by the winds, I have heard of stories of cyclists availing of the wind power. But it was mostly on the plains and not in the climbing routes. They say that the push of the wind can add 10 to 20% of power to your speed. I still have to experience that.
Friday I had 50 miles into a head wind, and at the turn around point 30 miles of tail wind. I didn't try to knock myself out just because I had an assistance from the wind, though I did ride 19 to 20 vs 9 to 13 mph into the head wind. Then the last 27 miles it was hit or miss, depending on what kind of cross wind would hit me. Friday's ride amounted to 107 miles of pain, mostly, but it was a training ride, only just that.
I am curious about that line which says "107 miles of pain." It looks to me that you may be abusing your body with that training. A proper training gives you pain because as they say - no pain, no gain. But the pain is not that long to ride 107 miles. I guess you are missing something in the method of training. Try PRT, the progressive resistance training where you increase the duration of training every day. That would take care of the body pains.
Food for thought: The more suffering you experience while training will make the day of the ride blissful because you won't feel that pain. You will be riding with others, experiencing a draft from other riders. Last Friday, I did that ride solo and into a headwind. Riding into heavy headwinds or very steep mountains can only build more strength. Try it, you will come to enjoy the pain because that pain brings extreme fitness.
Thanks for the invite but I'm not riding for the pains since riding is only a hobby for me. I want to fully enjoy my riding that's why there are times I ride around our village just to appreciate the houses and the gardens that can be seen. You may be very athletic to love the pains and I'm sure that goes with your motivation that the saying "no pain, no gain" is very appropriate to you. Good luck to your training.