Cycling Against the Wind: How to Train and Thrive in High Winds

Cyclist hanging on to a sign in extreme winds
Living in Lubbock, Texas means dealing with some of the highest winds in the country. But for cyclists, these winds can be a blessing in disguise – an opportunity to train and challenge ourselves like never before.

As someone who has trained in high winds, I can attest to the fact that it's not easy. Cycling against a 40 mph wind for 20 miles can feel like a never-ending battle. It's like cycling uphill for miles on end, except there are no breaks and no relief.

But it's also incredibly rewarding. Training in high winds is a great way to build endurance and strength, and it can also improve your bike handling skills. You learn to stay focused and keep your bike steady, even when the winds are trying to blow you off course.

One way to use high winds to your advantage is to treat them like hills. When you're going against the wind, it's like riding uphill. You'll need to shift to a lower gear and pedal harder to maintain your speed. But when you turn around and have the wind at your back, it's like flying downhill. You can easily pick up speed and cover ground quickly.

It's important to remember to stay safe when training in high winds. Wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the elements, and make sure your bike is in good working order. Keep a firm grip on your handlebars and be aware of any debris or obstacles that might be blown onto the road.

And of course, it's always a good idea to check the weather forecast before heading out for a ride. If the winds are too high or dangerous, it's better to stay indoors and train on a stationary bike instead.

Training in high winds may not be for everyone, but for those who live in wind-prone areas like Lubbock, it can be a great way to turn a challenge into an opportunity. So, next time the winds are howling, embrace the challenge and hit the road. Who knows – you might just surprise yourself with what you're capable of.

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