(Note, I wanted to take a picture of myself doing basically the same thing as the guy on the left, but because I am going on a bike ride over the noon hour I haven't showered, I'm still in my PJs, and I'm pretty sure that you could smell the funk from the picture. You're welcome. Besides, he basically looks like me - only with much much bigger eyebrows.)
On Wednesday, I went out for a short 30 minute tempo bike ride. I was basically going to hit the bike as hard and as fast as I could for ~9 miles and see where I ended up. What I forgot was that Phoenix was having a crazy bad wind storm (for here) with winds of 25+ miles per hour. Not horrible for the Midwest, but with nothing but sand to blow around, it got a little annoying here.
My bike ride started out awesome. I was chugging away at 24 miles per hour! My fastest sustained speed ever! How could this be possible!?!?! Then I realized it..... I feel almost NO wind hitting my face. This. is. not. going. to. be. good. Of course, that meant that the wind was nearly directly at my back and was approximately 24 miles per hour. Awesome. When I am running and this happens I can look forward to a 8 mph headwind - not so much when you are biking.... The ride back was a nightmare.
When I realized that I was getting a little hand of god drafting assistance, I immediately decided to turn around at the 12 minute mark instead of 15 minutes as I was certain that I would be slower on the turn around. I was correct. While I averaged 23.5 MPH on the way out, I averaged 13.3 MPH on the way back. It hurt. But not in the 'hurt so good' way, more like in the kick in the junk way. I'm not sure how people in windy climates do it.
Finally, I've been riding the bike mid-day because my father in law was in a pretty serious motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon. He'll be fine but is pretty beat up***. My wife and I have been spending the evenings at the hospital - well into the night. Unfortunately I've found that being at the hospital until 1am isn't conducive for a 4:30am bike start time. Cest la vie. GYAMA.
***Please, especially as it is starting to warm up, look before you change lanes, a motorcycle can hide in your blind spot very easily.