I recently tweeted
"I wish @Garminconnect will stick around for some time. I want to show this to my kids.
#personalrecord, #pride and #willpower".
"What to do if Garmin decides to shut down their Garmin Connect service?"
is topic for another discussion.
The same issue may appy to other 'cloud based' related services, such as Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, or even Gmail. I am pretty sure I'm not the only one who stores important data on Google services.
I decided to join them a few days later if I could go there with a bike. At that point it seems like a very challenging task and if I made a soup of feelings it would be a mixture of excitement, anxiety and uncertainty.
Jure Primozic (@jprimozic) sent me a pointer to Ride With GPS
which is totally awesome service to search & explore or to plan a bike ride. I highly recommend it.
So I planed a route, from Ljubljana to Krk, printed Cue sheet and exported it to "Garmin Training Center (.tcx)" format, suitable for Garmin Forerunner devices. It turned out I didn't use cue sheet at all, but route on GSP Garmin device was a huge helper.
I started from Ljubljana on Wednesday at 5 am so there was no heavy traffic. The temperature was below average (which turned out to be a feature, not a bug) so I was lucky I put on a long sleeve base layer. All I took with me was:
- 2 water bottles
- 3 power bars
- multi tool & tyre lever
- spare tube
- helmet and sunglasses
- cellphone and wallet
- iPod shuffle
I had three pit stops, one was due to heavy hailstorm which only took about 30 minutes to pass by, and other two because I really needed to fill my bottles with drinks.
After less than 8 hours the stats were:
- Moving time:
- 6.55 h
- 159.36 km (~100 miles)
- Elevation gain:
- 2,041 m
- 8,964 C
- Average moving speed:
- 23,0 km/h
To wrap this up... the ride was easy. And I completed it with a mountain bike. Big & robust tires.
One of my favourite quote is from (Joe Armstrong):
"Things you don't do are difficult and things you've done are easy.I've read it in a book Coders at Work.
I highly recommend this read if you are technically minded programmer.
I think anyone should implement that approach into everyday tasks. #willpower
The best thing was - I arrived just at lunch time. Massive appetite. Perfect.