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 past week.
Sunday: Week in Review–October 19th, 2013
Monday: Initial thoughts on the new Adidas Smart Run GPS watch
Tuesday: Garmin Tactix In-Depth Review
Thursday: A lunchtime Greek getaway openwater swimaround
Friday: Photo of the day (of the run): Old man fishing naked
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) Wildebeest herd nearly takes out man during running race: The man was racing the Impi Elite, which is sorta like one of the various Mud Run style events – but run in South Africa. Unreal video, starting about 1/2 way through. (via Andrew S.)
3) Simon Whitfield retires from competition: While he retired from Olympic-distance triathlons last year, he announced this week retirement from competitive sport. Another look at some photo highlights.
4) Nokia joins phone step-counter game: Nokia is the latest phone vendor to add step-counting to base apps loaded with their latest Windows Phone, and will introduce it early next year.
5) A North Korea Bike Race: I somehow missed this before, but stumbled on an article linking to it from this week. Interesting.
6) Early short-edition of Kona TV coverage: This is a shorter 26-minute variant of much of the HD chopper/full production crew footage that you’ll eventually see on the NBC cut (WTC contracts with NBC to produce the special each year, similar to a paid infomercial). This was apparently for Australian markets over the past few days. (Via Jay Prasuhn)
7) 82-year old man runs marathon, sets new time record: Apparently this guy’s name needs to be added to those shirts that people wear during marathons with goal times to beat like Oprah’s. Must-run-faster than 82-year old!
9) Swimming in urban decay: Eerie images of Britain’s forgotten pools left derelict after the Victorian golden age of public bathing . (Thanks Woody!)
10) Doping Sport Racing Pigeons: See, it’s not just limited to cycling and other standard ESPN sports programming.
Deals worth noting: Suunto and Garmin
Just as a heads up/reminder, the Garmin FR210 and FR610 have rebates through mid-next week (when they end). For the FR210 you get $25 off, and for the Garmin FR610 you get $50 off. These are combinable with the Clever Training discount code that gets you 10% off (the 10% is of course applied to the retail price, the rebate comes later). The coupon code for that is DCR10MKG and you get free US shipping on either unit.
The Garmin PDF rebate form can be found here.
In addition to the Garmin sale, Suunto has also discounted all their Ambit 2’s by 15-20% (except Sapphire). This is less than the much steeper Clever Training exclusive discounts you saw a few weeks ago, but, is better than no discounts. Note that the DCR 10% coupon does not work here, but free shipping applies. And, in this case if you use the links below it helps support the site.
Links to all the variants:
eBay DCR Gadget Collections:
I know many of you shop via eBay instead of traditional retail channels. So I’ve collaborated with eBay this holiday season to put together collections related to sports gadgets. I’ll be adding to these as the slew of new devices hitting the shelves over the next couple weeks start showing up, but here’s a bit of a peek into the collections (a total of 12 are coming).
Crowd Funded Projects of Athletic Note:
This is a bit of a new section. Most of this content used to be found within the main section, but I figured I’d just call it out up here and make it easy to find. I regularly sift through Kickstarter and Indiegogo (plus a few others on occasion) looking for sports projects. Note that as always with crowd funded projects, assume the project will be late and will under-deliver on features. Thus far, on the numerous products I’ve helped ‘fund’ (except a leather bike handle), that’s been the case.
Angel – the first open sensor for health and fitness: A pretty interesting little activity/HR/etc tracker. The April 2014 timeframe has me worried though, that’s a bit far out and implies lots of unknowns still. That said, pretty cool technology. (via Eli)
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 is even better) 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?
PeriPedal v2.1.0 Released: New Workout History Screen, PR Tracking, improved KICKR support, .FIT file changes, bug fixes, UI changes.
Polar Beat App released to more markets: In addition to the changes noted below in the Apps section, it was also released to a number of international markets. Details in the link.
iPhone 5s Calibration issue has been fixed: This was referred to in the previous two weeks worth of updates, which impacted some sensors.
iPhone App Updates:
iPad App Updates:
Android App Updates:
Windows Phone App Updates:
(No Windows Phone sports-related app updates on my phone)
Thanks for reading!