The forecast earlier in the week for Sunday didn't look too bad but having checked it today, it's looking a little wet. I'm still going to get out for it though, will be well wrapped up though.
Ah yeah twas grand last year with two groups for people to align with but the rain only started really around the Curragh so we were practically home at that stage.
Orwell 200 was on today and it was my first audax. Raining from the get go when I hit the road just after 6am. Given the cold and wet conditions I think there was a good chunk of DNS. A large enough group stuck together on the front till the first control at Leixlip (~25Km) and then it broke up a little. Pkenty of tea and sandwiches consumed at the 2nd control in Kilbeggan. We (2 of us did it together) made relatively good time up until the 3rd control in Monasterevin but the lumpy remaining 60Km proved to be a little much on the legs. (lumpy... far from hilly/mountainous). As soon as we get up over the last hill coming out of Saggart on to the N81, morale picked up and we made relatively good time back to Joe Daly's in Dundrum. There were some nice treats back on offer back at Joe's which were most welcome after a long day of cold and wet cycling. I'm really glad the wind held off today, that really would've just destroyed confidence/morale from the off.
I took a draw string bag with me and found it to be invaluable. Took some spare base layers and would be inclined to bring other lightweight clothing items in future.
Big thanks to the organiser and all volunteers at the controls. Delighted to finally get to an Audax Ireland. I should be back again next year for the same event and will look at the Audax Ireland calendar for other interesting events this year.
There was news that a woman had an unfortunate fall early on and was taken to hospital so wishing her a speedy recovery.
ok did my first Permanent Audax today, Dawn Raid starting in Maynooth (handy being close to Leixlip). was happy enough but struggled in the last 30Km probably a mental thing as i went through the official finish in Kilmessan and still had to get back to Maynooth for my finish, weather closed in earlier than i expected and got two thorough soakings 1. coming off the SG heading for Kilbride and 2. going into Summerhill. had a rush of blood to the head and took on TH as i was passing it (off the bucket list now) very windy and wet up there, think its a bit less demanding than Kippure
met a big group from Nass CC on Lake drive(still hate it)on an Easter spin and chated to one guy-thanks for the words of encouragement and good luck in Rathdowney? racing on Sunday
so 225Km for the day in total incl the to and back bits
Any advice on stepping up to the 300Km mark? Considering the Midlands 300 (maybe as a permanent) and was looking for any advice. I've a Garmin 500 and I think it should survive the day though perhaps I'll sort a *special* cable to charge it.
yes my Garmin 810 quit at 270Km on my only 300 to date , but that was prob a bit more hilly than the Mid300(and i took quite long breaks!!), will the supplied Garmin data/charging cable not work to charge on the go? if not what special cable do I need?
I only discovered recently that such a cable existed. My understanding is that some Garmin Edge models don't allow you to charge whilst on the move using the cables provided. You've 2 options basically (1) something like a gomadic battery pack or (2) a "special" cable attached to another type of battery pack.
The Gomadic works well. Fill it up with duracell, make sure the Garmin is charged fully and you should be OK for up to 1000 km plus. Mine was still going strong on the same batteries on PBP, at 1030 km, when I inexplicably took off the battery pack at a control and mislaid it.
Also, there's the e-trex 30 which runs on aa batteries. Lots of Audax UK folks giving it the thumbs up. Good thread on it here. I'd agree that the longer the ride, the greater the potential for a PITA with Garmins.
@py, great article on stepping up to a 300 km.
Good question. I assume so, or probably it caches the ride and allows it to be continued after it starts with the new batteries.
In any case I assume its not an issue or it probably would have been flagged.
I've an old hiking Garmin with basic maps that runs on AA batteries which I used before getting the 810. Seems to run forever on a couple of AAs, running out of memory was more an issue than running out of power. Much bigger and clunkier than the cycling units and took a bit of searching to get a handlebar mount.
No problem swapping the batteries out mid-ride on an Etrex. You don't even need to power the unit off (perhaps you should, but you don't have to). New batteries in, turn the unit back on and off you go. Batteries will usually last up to 24 hours on a single spin but I've never run them beyond 18-20 hours - too afraid of them dying after 23 hours 55 minutes of an Easter Fleche!
However, the Etrex can be a royal PITA for setting routes due to a significant waypoint limitation, so I'm currently investigating keeping an 820 powered-up on the go using the dynamo as the advertised battery life is pants - it didn't even make it to 10 hours when navigating.
ok so i have an Edge 810 as stated above
today i tried out two USB power packs, a lipstick type one black with dimples from Maplin and a heavier type from Lidl silvercrest. had two different cables the original Garmin one that came with the gps unit and a random longer cable i found in the "box of cables" we have lying around(think it was an old camera cable poss konica/minolta)
tried both power packs with both cables...all combinations good no cutting out or stopping of recording (see below)
one thing was when i was disconnecting the power packs the Garmin came up with a powering off warning, a 15 sec. countdown which i just canceled by hitting the X
i always made sure i had the cable connected to the powerpacks before connecting to the garmin...happy days