ehowton (ehowton) wrote,
ehowton
ehowton

Stupid Wind


Took off like a shot this morning on my bike an hour before work; figured I'd trek one direction and return halfway through the hour - as motivation. I decided to turn back early to compensate for fatigue, potential grades, and trains - the latter due to the active railroad which historically founded this town. What I didn't compensate for, was wind.

I've often said I hated the wind here, and can finally quantify my analysis. The stupid wind wasn't just gusting (unless 300-second sustained duration is "gusty" on an atmospheric scale), it was wrecking havoc on my entire ride back. At one point I was in the lowest gear possible out of 21-speeds, my legs were like pistons on the pedals, on a completely flat stretch - going two miles an hour - slower than walking! I knew it wasn't just me when I slowly (oh so slowly) approached two mallards on the bank of the aqueduct I ride alongside, and they lifted into the air and hovered like hummingbirds, flapping like mad adjacent me. I would turn my head and give them a furtive glance, and they would stare back at me with equal unease from their beady single eye-of-prey. This went on far too long, a veritable illusion of forward movement.

But at some point, I did make it back. Thankfully, I'd strapped my bluetooth under my helmet and dialed-in; the iPhone makes a fantastic cycling computer, GPS...and mobile office!
Tags: bike, wichita
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments