Week in Review–January 29th, 2012

WeekInReviewLogo_thumb4_thumb_thumb_The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout at all these places for good stuff!

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

DCRainmaker.com posts this past week:
Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page of DCRainmaker.com this week:

Saturday: Week in Review–January 21st, 2012
Monday: Cold Wanderings- A weekend of workouts and exploring in DC
Tuesday: Ironman 70.3 National Harbor- Run Course Preview…Part I
Wednesday: A review of the SportyPal Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Bike Mount
Thursday: Fitting it all in- Work, Run, Fly, Blog
Friday: Behind the scenes- The DCRainmaker Gadget Cave

Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:
Here’s a not-so-small smattering of all the random things that I stumbled on while doing my civic duty to find the end of the Internet:

1) Ironman Williamsburg coming soon?  Perhaps, this event would be about 2ish hours south of DC (or 5-6 hours with traffic).  Might certainly make for a one-two punch for local athletes also doing Ironman 70.3 National Harbor, especially with it’s planned September or October timeframe (IM 70.3 National Harbor is August).

2) Tour Down Under enforcing bathroom break standards: Athletes at the Tour Down Under learn the hard way that the world is not their bathroom.  Fear not, still doesn’t apply to Tour de France.

3) Interesting notes about high end endurance sports talent development.  Some quotes regarding some of the lack of talent development within the education system in the US with respect to endurance athletes.  Joel Filliol consolidates it all for easy reading.

4) Polar/Look Keo Pedal Power System getting Bluetooth 4.0? A little snippet deep inside a Velonews article about the upcoming Polar/Look Keo Pedal Power system, where it notes that a firmware update being planned for the end of the summer will make the system Bluetooth Smart/Bluetooth Low Energy capable.  Which really means the chip must already be there.  Working to get confirmation, via Chris from Polar.

5) Controversy about removal of bolts from Patagonia climbing route: Interesting story, about a different aspect of the endurance sports world.  Worth a read.  I started following Outside Magazine’s Twitter feed a week or to ago, and have been really enjoying their pieces – not all fluff.

6) A reality check for tech companies looking to get into health and medical devices: A solid piece for startup technology companies trying to break into the health and medical side of health and fitness.  Interesting looking at that world.

7) Lessons from the Biggest Badass Since Chuck Norris: A good piece from Men’s Health about cycling superstar Jens Voigt, and his role in the peloton. (via AngryAsian)

8) Got a flat tire? Some good advice if you’re new to the cycling scene, or just uncomfortable swapping out flat tires.  Btw, if you’re not a pro at it, I recommend spending some winter downtime in your garage swapping out tubes over and over again.  Eventually you’ll get the hang of it.

9) New Zealanders: Funny insights from one of the Pro triathlete guys that was down in New Zealand outside of Wanaka over the past 3-4 weeks training.

10) Mobile access to health data rose 125% in 2011: In case you were wondering why all these big companies are clamoring to get health and fitness data into and out of your phone, here’s why.

Thanks for reading!

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