UNIVERSAL TRUTH OF CYCLING #3:
HEADWIND BOTH WAYS.
We at 18milesperhour are optimists. Let’s just get that straight right now. When we head out on a windy day we deal with the headwinds knowing that we’ll reap the benefits after the turnaround with that nice, robust tailwind, right?
Then there are days that challenge that sunny disposition.
As soon as you change directions, the wind decides to do the same. Yep, few things more lame than pedaling downhill.
How the hell does this happen? How is this even possible? How is it that some winds have sentience? How is it that some winds are not only able to track a person on a ride like a thinking being, but do it like a truly evil thinking being?
Call them “Headwind Both Ways Days,” call them “M.C. Escher Rides (uphill both ways),” call them what you will, but we call them deeply unfair.
Perhaps someday one of us will experience the opposite. The ride that only exists in myth. The “Tailwind Both Ways” ride. One can dream.
The Mistral gods love messing up with our heads, technically speaking it’s impossible to have Mistral headway all the time when you’re riding/running but it sure feels like it when you’re out there. There is also annoying thing about wind, it’s when you’re riding along and there are gusts of wind, nothing out of the ordinary but then you’re sheltered just for a tiny bit and the moment you come out in the open again it feels like you’ve hit a wind tunnel sideways… I guess I just have to work on balance more because I feel like I’m going to fall every single time!