Tag Archive: wind

Heavy wind [95/121]


Holy smokes ,that’s some crazy wind. Should have that re-thought biking today.

Not sure of you can see the wind sock there, but it is blowing straight east, and I’m at the part where I start biking west.

After a crappy weekend where I didn’t feel well, biking probably wasn’t the best idea; now throw in the cold and heavy wind…

Wow, crazy wind [28/35]

Yay, a  landmark – crossed the 80% mark!!

Yoiks, debated about driving today as I had that workshop on how to use SmartBoards.  [Had I known how little that would have been worth it, I wouldn’t have gone; but good to see fellow piper Kathleen there]

Anyways, it was semi-raining in the morning and I dreaded going – but I went.  Gotta keep up the ratio.  And it wasn’t bad at all.  Not that cold, most of the rain was finished, so just some puddles to clear.

But, by the time I went to the workshop it was just GREAT.  Nice biking weather.  Just took it nice and leisurely and still got there with plenty of time to spare.

When I got out, however, that’s a whole other ball game.  VERY strong SW wind.  Which sucks when essentially I have to go SOUTH, then WEST.  It was unbelievably strong.  You know all that rain we had this morning?  Couldn’t tell because the wind kept sweeping all the dirt and stuff into my eyes and mouth.  I had to keep it in very low gear to be able to make any headway.

Luckily it was only roughly half the distance to home, but it took me almost 2x as long.  I have never been that sweaty.

Weird part was that while biking I saw a firetruck.  Didn’t think much of it.  Driving home with Dean later and it looked like the fire was at the Lakehead Board… then when we got to the house we saw a water bomber fly over head – and it was pretty low.  So we went a bit beyond our house to see what we could see… 4 blocks up and we couldn’t see nearly anything for the smoke.

Turns out that a chip pile at Bowater had caught flame.  Crazy.

Well, all in all – an interesting day.  Missed getting wet in the morning – pretty productive during the day – nice bike to a workshop – didn’t have to work at a workshop (nor learn really) – sweaty hard bike ride – crazy smoke – and to top it all off Dean is getting some stomach bug and threw up all over me.  [still can’t get the smell out of my nostrils]

this is my life

pretty awesome!

[oh and sitting here just watching my youtube page waiting to see if the unlisted videos I posted for the competition get another view (meaning somebody’s watched it to adjudicate)].

Perfect week – 5/5; 15/20

Well, not perfect like “absolute everything that could have gone well for me, went well”, but more like a “hey that was a perfect 300 game”.  Hmm… even that seems too over the top.

Okay, it was a good week.  Perfect in the sense that I biked EVERY day this week.

It was a little tiring – evident by my oversleeping today, but I did it.  And I’ll continue to keep at this.  I haven’t put gas in the car at all this week, and we’ll see how long that lasts.  As Mandy said, the bike will pay for itself in the long run.  At $1.399 / L, it shouldn’t take too long.  It’s over $65 to fill my tank these days.

So, 5 out of 5 for this week, and that makes it 15 out of 20 since I started.  I don’t see anything that prevents me next week, weather permitting.

The weather almost stopped me the other day (my weather app showed snow!), but I persevered.  I got a little wet on the way home tho’.  Which reminds me I should go find some chain grease.  Today was wet this morning, but not raining, just puddles from the night’s rain.

It’s funny how the ‘little’ things get me through the bike.  (I’m sounding like it’s some ordeal… there’s my sis-in-law training for a 20km race and I’m complaining about a 15min bike ride).  Like finally mapping it on google maps, so I know each of the length, and what’s essential for me is where the ‘midpoint’ of it is.  For some reason knowing that really makes it easier.  “Almost half way there”, “now halfway through the last half”, etc…  those little markers makes it easy for me to mark the passage.  Like when I drive long distance, all I do to pass the time is to try to ‘measure’.

Another thing I found very handy is varying the route (essentially it’s 2 straight stretches, with one little L extra in it), but I will ‘staircase’ a little now and again; what I was looking for were houses that happened to have flags on the property.  Funny, not many people have flags anymore.  By the tracks there are 2 wind-socks, and they’re handy, but they’re pretty spaced out.  Knowing the wind direction is quite handy – at least it makes me feel better if I’m really huffing away and then I see the flag point right in my direction I’ll know why.  Unbelievable how a little wind really impacts me on a bike.  Guess I gotta lose a few more pounds so my ‘surface area’ is decreased.