I shall Call it Winston

There are days when cycling suddenly becomes effortless: flying up hills that you could only previously crawl up, speeding along in the biggest gear. You think, in your vanity, that it is you – your new exercise regime, your newly trim figure, your increasing fitness. Or perhaps it is your shiny new bike, or even this piece of freshly laid shiny new road before you. Whatever it might be, you wing along with a song in your heart, faster and further than you have ever gone before.

And then you turn around to go home, and discover that it was, in fact, a tail wind.

17 Responses to I shall Call it Winston

  1. R::B says:

    Who’s Winston? The bicycle or the wind?

  2. disgruntled says:

    the wind … I think the bike, coming as it does from Glasgow, will have to be known as Jimmy

  3. bikinginla says:

    You never fail to make me smile.

  4. Flighty says:

    Just as long as you don’t get into a tailspin! xx

  5. disgruntled says:

    Bikinginla – thanks! I aim to please…
    Flighty – no fear of that.

  6. john says:

    I freaking hate it when that happens!! here i am thinking the new road is amazing or i am just extra pumped in the morning, but nooo the wind switches halfway through and I slow to a bloody crawl. sigh

    nice post though, it made me laugh ^_^

  7. disgruntled says:

    I’m glad it’s not just me.

  8. Nick says:

    He belched as well, you know; it wasn’t all tailwind.

  9. Sarah says:

    Do you have that wind that’s always blowing the opposite way to way you’re going?
    It’s the only kind of wind we seem to have here. And I don’t call it Winston…

  10. john says:

    I’m not feeling to well at the moment, and there is some wind coming from where my tail would be if I had one.

  11. PaperBoy says:

    @Sarah – everyone has that wind. I go on a basically linear trip and I turn around and come back the same way. I can go out and have a headwind, turn around through 180 degrees and have a headwind. It’s frustration central, but I’m told by my local guru that it’s normal, it’s called the “law of constant headwind”. Anyone that doesn’t experience it is a fibber 🙂

    @John – I can sympathise – I was (mentally) celebrating completing 1500km since I started on my bike in January, when I managed to pull something in my back – now it’s walking gingerly until it sorts itself out.

  12. disgruntled says:

    I suppose I should have known I was going to regret posting on this topic.

  13. Autolycus says:

    I thought they called the wind Maria. Or was that just Frankie Laine?

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