Week in Review–July 28th, 2012

WeeklyMailbagIcon_thumb4_thumb_thumb[1]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.

Sunday: Week in Review–July 22nd, 2012
Monday: A weekend in Seattle playing with the Garmin Fenix and other gadgets
Tuesday:  How and why I mount cycling gadget devices on my aerobars
Thursday: Polar Look Keo Power System–Pedal Based Power Meter–In-Depth Review

Paris blog posts this past week:
Here’s all the Parisian fun we’ve been having on our Paris sub-blog.  This week we look at the process of picking out our apartment:

Saturday: Paris Blog- House Hunters International–Part I

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) A look at what it was like when Simon Whitfield won his first gold medal: Those of you watching last night as the triathlon great carried the Canadian flag into the stadium, may appreciate this post.

2) Behind the scenes on how the TdF broadcast system works: A pretty cool look at all the moving pieces (literally) in getting the images to your screen.

3) Want your photo on a Wahoo Fitness product box?  Well, here’s your chance.  They’re opening it up for you to get your ugly mug plastered on the side of some up and coming cycling related product box.  Personally, I’d love to see someone like Steve in a Speedo with one of his unique running/triathlon outfits up there.

4) Opensource attempt at redoing the Soleus/Timex Marathon/Schwinn 810 software: You’ve seen my general dislike for the crappy software included with the Soleus 2.0 watch.  It looks like one guys is aiming to build his own.  Cool stuff.

5) GM wants to use smartphones to prevent car vs bike/ped accidents: A pretty interesting approach to how cars could recognize people in the road (and avoid them), via them carrying smartphones.

6) A day in the life of a TdF bike mechanic: Ever wonder what those guys do each day, and more importantly – what they do after the riders depart in the morning?  Ask no more.  A detailed breakdown.

7) London 2012 Olympic Triathlon Course Overview: Here’s a short YouTube video with flyby’s of the triathlon course (swim/bike/run).  The women’s even is next Saturday, while the men are the following Tuesday.

8) A sneak into the massive antidoping effort at London: A pretty cool article from the WSJ on the huge center and staffing that’s gone into testing at the Olympics this year.

9) A couple of updates and thoughts from Basis: These are the folks looking to bring you the continuous 24×7 body monitoring without a heart rate strap (that I talked about last year).

10) They get how much? A short little table of the amounts athletes from different countries get if they win various medals (gold/silver/bronze).

11) Behind the scenes with a bunch of Team Garmin riders an their thoughts on signing autographs: A cool video worth watching, such as the strangest things autographed.  Be sure to watch all the way to the end…

Sports Technology Software/Firmware Updates This Week:
Each week I quickly highlight some of the new firmware, app, software and website service updates that I see go out. If you’re a sports technology company and release an update – shoot me a quick note (just one liners is perfect, or Tweet it at me) and I’ll make mention of it here. If I don’t know about it, I won’t be able to post about it. Sound good?

IpBike 1.0.3 has been released: This update adds RunKeeper Live support, improves pressure and incline readings, increaes battery life, and fixes bugs related to Strava and crashes.

Wahoo Fitness updates their iPhone app: This fixes a few little bugs, as well as reintroduces the app back into the store after a couple day vacation.

Thanks all for reading! Have a great weekend ahead!

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