Yesterday I went out for a ride from my cousinâ€™s house in Laie, which is on the northeast corner of the island near Turtle Bay Resort. The area has a combination of North Shore swells and Windward Side wind, meaning the ocean by their house this time of year is filled with white water as far out as you can see. Itâ€™s really windy, though Iâ€™ve heard from some people in San Francisco that the winds there have been brutal lately too. And Chris Tremonte claims that when he did the 200w 0% grade test in Austin over the weekend that he only managed 10.5mph, which is pretty much the same as Iâ€™ve been getting here.
Yesterday I went for a ride toward Haleiwa, and was amazed that I made it there in about 40 minutes without really trying. What I should have realized is that if i was going nearly 30mph without effort, I really should be turning around well before half way through my ride. It took about 50% longer to get back, and there was no â€œeasyâ€ riding involved in it. Just crouching over and taking a windy beating. So what I started thinking was, what if my Garmin Edge 705 (along with the Quarq Cinqo powermeter â€“ pictured above on my Beyond Fabrications Radius Road bike) gave me some clue as to how much assistance I was getting from the wind. It could tell me my Coefficient Of Environmental Assistance, which I would like to name the â€˜Collins Coefficientâ€™, and it would basically take my power output, my speed, the % grade and some estimate of aerodynamics (or lack thereof) for a big shouldered swimmer type like myself. Basically, when Iâ€™m flying down the road with a tail wind, or drafting off a school bus it would be large positive coefficient and the screen would read something like, â€œdonâ€™t be too proudâ€, or â€œgoing the other way is not going to be funâ€. Whereas when Iâ€™m fighting a 20mph headwind uphill the coefficient would be negative and the screen could read, â€œI told you this wasnâ€™t going to be fun.â€