Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tired of the wind...

There are few things in exercise that I hate more than wind. Maybe having the pool shut down at the gym, but I digress.

No, the wind around Denver has been awful lately. Consistently it's been at 20 miles an hour for the last two-three weeks, and in many days it's howling over 30 miles an hour. Don't get me wrong, I understand springtime weather patterns. And I realize that I am probably over-exaggerating here, but believe me when I say that it's been consistently windy.

To make matters worse, every day I check the forecast for the next day. And sure enough, it brings promise of happiness and calm winds. Then by 9:00 am, nope! Trees are blowing around, the house makes funny noises, etc. And it really makes running a frustrating endeavor. Forget about cyling; I just want to run and the wind makes it not very enjoyable.

I know you can plan routes to have a tailwind on your back on the way home, but the majority of the routes around where we live have you running in between houses on the way home, rendering that point moot. And most of the time going out, you'd need to run uphill into the wind anyway. There isn't really a solution to this except to keep pounding the pavement, I guess...


  1. Oh, I can identify with this BIG time. It's always windy here. Unfortunately, I cannot offer a good solution. :( Good for you that you're not letting it stop you, though! :)

  2. I certainly understand Brandon! Maybe with flying the wind over our wings is our friend, but when running with a headwind, not so much! I guess one of the great mysteries of running is why if there is a headwind going out, there is still a headwind coming back? I've yet to solve that one! Keep it up, and I'm sure somewhere, for someone, there is a tailwind waiting to happen :-)

  3. dr. j - that mystery you mention isn't a mystery when we run since we usually end up running various loops ... but with cycling it ALWAYS happens.

  4. And why is it the headwind increases whenever you're low on fuel, Dr. J? Or you have a tight connection to make. :-)