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:
Saturday: Week in Review–November 23rd, 2013
Monday: My 2013 Sports Gadgets Recommendations
Tuesday: 2013 Sports Technology Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals!
Saturday: A Thanksgiving Kiev (Ukraine) Runaround
Monday: A weekend skiing in Switzerland and running at home
Tuesday: Polar Loop In-Depth Review
Woot, check it out!
I was intereviewed by Outside Magazine for a piece on training and racing with sports technology.
The ‘opposing’ viewpoint? None other than Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack (Macca). Funny thing is I didn’t know that until after it was published. Still, I think we both get our points across. There’s no absolute correct answer, everyone is different.
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) Shoplifter tries to outrun man whose run 101 marathons: And thus realizing the secret dreams of every runner worldwide.
2) Filmmaker Creates a Time-Lapse Using 852 Instagram Photos, shows a lot of cyclists: Pretty cool, especially all the shots taken in Paris. Best I can tell, I don’t see any of my Instagram Parisian shots.
3) A (not so) Brief History of the Sports Bra: Everything from where it started to the apparent temporary inclusion of an electronic shock system at one point.
4) ’Open Source’ Power Meter bought out: For those who have been following along Keith’s progress building an open source power meter, he’s joined forces with a company to bring it to market. While all existing content will remain as-is published, no further content will be published. Given the complexity of bringing a power meter to market, hopefully this increases the odds of getting it to market, while also introducing another option to bring prices down.
5) Amazon Prime Air Drones: I suppose by now everyone has heard of this. It’ll be interesting to see how this shapes up. And of course, longer term, if regulations are changed, how these could provide live course-video in races for broader live-streaming of events.
6) Automatic cyclist crash avoidance alert system for trucks on trial in London: Pretty interesting setup. Video below. A tiny bit more detail in the link from CyclingTips.
7) Woman trains in industrial freezer: That’s because she’s aiming to be the first woman to cycle to the South Pole.
8) Extremely in-depth piece on Tough Mudder death: Last spring there was a death at one of the Tough Mudder races. This piece goes very deep on the entire situation. I’ve just started reading it, well worth it.
9) Interview with Chris McCormack (Macca): A few little interesting tidbits in there, in particular that he wants to basically do a backyard race against Lance Armstrong, nothing sanctioned, just a few guys out on the range. Oh, and he (Macca) plans to race Norseman. Very cool. Also, I thought the facility they were promoting would potentially be interesting for product testing, though a bit of a haul (Thailand). (Via Janne K)
10) World Triathlon Series coming to Cape Town in 2014! Well, this makes for a tempting trip…I’m always on the lookout for an excuse to go to Cape Town.
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.
With Thanksgiving in the US last week, I didn’t see much on the Kickstarter front. Next week perhaps!
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?
Virtual Trainer Update: Virtual Trainer App now supports integrated ANT+ within Samsung Galaxy Note 2014 edition
Basis expands Android support: Pretty straight forward. Hit up the link for full details.
Strava has started to re-open up API: This has occurred over the last few months with invites to various past developers. Now there’s a bit more out there documentation-wise as well.
Windows Phone Apps:
Thanks for reading all!