Tackling headwind during base training

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Omiar
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by Omiar

How do you tackle strong headwind during your spring base training? We have flat landscape, a lot of open fields and a lot of wind in spring.
By "a lot" I mean going 23km/h and barely able to keep the HR below 150. Once there is tailwind, you can push 33km/h with a HR of 138 and up to 38km/h with 145-148 HR.
Should I keep my HR in the correct zone and do intervals when the race season is approaching - or keep the speed reasonable so I don't develop the so-called "speed barrier".
I know group riding would make that question obsolete, but my daily schuledule is floating all the time, so I can't join others.
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by Illuminate

You should train in you HR zones. If that means popping it in an easier gear and going slow to bring down the HR and bring up the cadence, so be it. Time spent in specified hr zones (and cadence) is what's important - not speed.

Speed barrier - no such thing. Stick to your program (assuming that it's well thought out, progressive and measurable).

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by eric

Treat the wind like you'd do climbs. Shift down to the gear that has you working at your desired intensity when you're riding into the wind, and shift up when you have a tailwind.

If you have a programmable computer like a Garmin 500 consider setting the screens to not show speed so you're not tempted to match speed instead of intended effort.

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by FIJIGabe

I live in much the same type of environment (which would explain all the windmills) - 20-30mph (30-50kp/h) winds are nothing out of the ordinary here for afternoon rides. I prefer to keep my heartrate and power consistent within my training program, rather than worry about the speed. Once you hit a tailwind, it becomes a bit of an equalizer in terms of average speed (although the wind never helps as much as it hurts).
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by JimV

That's what the 34-25 is for. Go for as long as you can until your brain turns to mush, flip and enjoy the fun going home.

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by Juanmoretime

We too have high wind in Spring and Fall. Flat and open too. I run a standard crank and an 11-21 cassette. In Spring I just ride it and do what I call make peace with the wind. You get stronger and used to it. By fall your level of fitness just deals with it. If a real big wind day in the fall, 30 mph plus, do a wind aided ride since its the end of the season and time for some fun on the bike. Get someone to drop you off and let the wind blow you back.
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by FIJIGabe

There's a lady here where I ride that will only ride with a tailwind. She calls her husband to pick her up when she's "tired". Then she brags about her 80 mile ride, averaging 22mph!
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by emorydptt

As they say... Tailwinds don't make up for the headwinds!
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