|Gusty headwind making waves on the Arizona Canal|
If you ride ten miles into a 20 mph headwind, then turn around and ride back the other way, does the advantage gained on the way back cancel out the extra effort going out? Going west into the wind was a work out. I almost just gave up and turned around a couple of times. But I set my goal on the usual end point, put my head down, and rode on.
|Rusty steel symbols for gusty winds (AZ Canal and Central Ave, Phoenix)|
a.k.a. rusty steel canal bridge decorations by Barbara Grygutis
In terms of effort expended, I don't think we can say twenty is zero just because of the wind, since I didn't feel full of energy and ready to turn around and do it again. In fact, just the opposite. But, I can also say that riding with the wind at your back allows you to practice spinning your feet around pretty fast when you feel like it, and that it's much easier on the knees than riding into the wind. Not cold enough on Sunday to require the Ninja Sniper gloves yet. Probably will be on Monday, though. Get up. Go ride.