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Week in Review–October 2nd, 2010

image_thumb43I’ve long since wondered what to do with all the random tidbits of things I collect each week – or the little thoughts that don’t quite make for a full post.  But I finally came up with a solution: The Week in Review Post.  This takes the place of my Weekly Mailbag – which is now over on Slowtwich.  These are just quick snippets of things that I’ve found interesting.  Nice and easy Saturday reading.  Plus, a recap of my Weekly Mailbag post a well.

So with that, let’s get into the action!

Weekly Mailbag Over at Slowtwitch.com:
If you’re looking for your usual Saturday fix of the Weekly Mailbag, remember it’s chillin’ over at Slowtwitch (and published a few days earlier).  You can read the full meal deal here, and here’s the topics covered:

1) Garmin Forerunner 305 and Walk/Run Tracking
2) MetriGear Vector – wait or buy?
3) Using Computerized Trainers over the Internet

Posts this past week:
With all the Interbike review posts out the door, you’ll finally get a break from the 2-4 posts a day and return to normal.  But, in case you missed anything from the past 7 days, here ya have it.  I’ll be doing a quick and probably entertaining overall Interbike recap tomorrow though, just to part with some final thoughts.

Sunday #1: Interbike Exhibition Day 3 Recap
Sunday #2: Talking with Timex about the future of the Timex Global Trainer
Monday #1: The Las Vegas Triathlon Race Report
Monday #2: Hands on with the iBike Dash at Interbike
Monday #3: A look at Pedal Brain
Monday #4: A bit of time playing with the Tacx VR Trainer
Tuesday #1: Spending time with the LeMond Revolution Fitness ANT+ Trainer 
Tuesday #2: A brief tour of ANT+ Enabled Fitness/Gym equipment
Wednesday #1: Response: What has USAT done for me lately?
Wednesday #2: An interview with Barry Redmond of Brim Brothers
Thursday: My 24 hour trip to the ANT+ Symposium
Friday #1: A very short trip to Jamaica
Friday #2: The mother of all posts – the Interbike Power Meter Seminar Wrap-up

Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:
I browse tons, and I mean TONS of stuff each week.  But I found the following stories, discussions or links particularly interesting – or exceedingly good at burning lots of time.  Enjoy!

1) Sport Scientists Analysis of Contador Meat MessRegardless of where you fall on the Spaniards run in with the drug cops, the guys over at Sport Scientists as usual do an awesome job at detailing what this all means from both a performance, and testing standpoint.

2) How to resolve the Contador problemo – If simply analyzing it isn’t your cup of tea, then go over to Fat Cyclist for his (as always) entertaining ideas on how to solve the problem.

3) Canadian Marathoner’s account of attempting to make the Olympic cutoff – If you follow Canadian Triathlete Simon Whitfield, you may have seen this.  If not, then absolutely go read it.  It’s from Canadian marathoner Reid Coolsaet, where he retells his attempt to not only make the Olympic cutoff, but also post the fastest ever time by a Canadian on Canadian soil.  An awesome read.

4) Thoughts on why the US Triathlon Team underperforms – While I don’t always agree with what Coach Paula Sousa writes, I do at least find it thought provoking.

Random Item #1

If you’re headed to Kona…good luck!

I’ve got a slew of e-mails from companies that are doing things at Kona for athletes there over the next week leading to the big dance.  Perhaps one of the best opportunities is going to Hunter Allen’s power seminar that he’s holding.  It’s not free (about $50), but it’ll force you to stay off your feet (you know…that taper thing) for a few hours.  Deets here.  Alternatively, for those not at Kona, you can see a bit of what he presents via my recordings of the Power Meter Seminar at Interbike on this post.

Random Item #2

I’m still working on getting that video of my speech all set and uploaded.  It’s actually two videos, one is the video of me, and the other of the slides.  I’ve been working to get it picture-in-picture style, but so far I’m not liking the final results…so I’m still working on it.  Hope to sort it out shortly.  It’ll be worth the wait as I have plenty of little entertaining tidbits in there!

Random Item #3

I have no more random items…that’s it.  Well, actually, I’m sure I have tons of random items, but I can’t just go out and randomly think of items at the moment.  So no more items for you!

Enjoy your weekend!

With that, enjoy your weekend!  I’ll be in DC this weekend for about 48 hours, where I’ll be competing in the Giant Acorn Triathlon (Oly) later this morning.  It’s my last race of the season.  While I was going to do the Sprint as well (in costume), it sold out before I got around to signing up.  But, on the other hand, I’m really looking forward to just having a single day at home with The Girl – no workouts, no work. Perfect.

In the interim, check out Twitter for the latest on how the race went (no, not my Sunday).

Thanks for reading!

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