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  1. Tyler
    January 27, 2014

    Wow, when do you sleep?
    On the plane perhaps?
    Impressed with how many simultaneous things you have going, especially the product testing that you don’t get paid for.

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  2. Paul Dixon
    January 27, 2014

    Wow, a 2CV (picture #2). Haven’t seen one of those in years. At ‘best’ that poor car has had 24 years of Parisian driving/parking and is still alive!!

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    • Rainmaker
      January 27, 2014

      I thought some folks might like that. Due to traffic I paced him about half way up to the Arc. Kinda made for a neat shot on the VIRB when I downloaded later.

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  3. EB
    January 27, 2014

    Hi Ray,

    You say;

    “But fluid ones like the Muin can – where a specific speed always equals a specific wattage.”

    I may be entirely wrong but I thought fluid turbos worked by forcing a fluid through a hole, which generates a resistance, and that they were susceptible to temperature changes of the fluid. Have they got fully around this problem?

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    • Rainmaker
      January 27, 2014

      In most cases the fluid tends to level out after about 10-15 minutes. Thus, I did about 10 minutes on the trainer (a little more actually including some dorking around) before I started creating my power curve.

      Most trainers (fluid, magnetic, and otherwise), tend to have some sort of ‘warm-up’ period. Usually 10-15 minutes is pretty good.

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  4. guscrown
    January 27, 2014

    I just want to say that I am in complete “awe” of your ability to travel around the world and still have energy to run, or the other way around too: to have your long runs and still be able to travel around. After my long runs I just want to lay in bed and read books all day. And jetlag is always a terrible burden for weeks in my case. Are you nor from this planet?

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  5. Adam W
    January 27, 2014

    Wow I don’t know how you do it all. Also what do you use to create posts while on the go?

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    • Rainmaker
      January 27, 2014

      Thanks Adam. I use Windows Live Writer. It’s free and allows me to compose offline, including inserting images, etc… It works with all the major blog platforms. I’d probably stop blogging if I couldn’t use it. Couldn’t imagine trying to write these posts with web tools.

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    • Adam W
      January 27, 2014

      That’s what got my wondering. I enjoy reading your blog very much and started my own not long ago and although I don’t travel around a lot I do struggle to make updates with always needing to be online and constantly saving drafts.

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  6. falconeye
    January 27, 2014

    Ah, if you had 30 more minutes in munich, you could have had the time to test my DJI Phantom :-).
    But perhaps you come back to munich to the Oktoberfest for some good strong beer?

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    • Rainmaker
      January 27, 2014

      Ahh, bummer. Though, it was a bit of a nasty day to be out flying a quad.

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    • falconeye
      January 28, 2014

      Yep, it was really nasty:-(

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  7. MATTHEW Cortez
    January 27, 2014

    Nice Giant

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  8. Jake
    January 27, 2014

    You get a new road bike?

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    • Rainmaker
      January 27, 2014

      Nope, that’s just a loaner with the Pioneer Power Meter.

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  9. Jackson
    January 27, 2014

    As you can see many of us admire you for your ability to juggle so much. Would be really intrigued with some “lifehacker” posts. For example: what’s in your messenger bag, how you manage your schedule, your favorite apps etc.

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  10. Matthias
    January 28, 2014

    Hi Ray,

    I always wonder, when I read about your jogs around Paris: Don’t you have to stop and wait at stop lights every couple of minutes?

    Cheers
    Matthias

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    • Rainmaker
      January 28, 2014

      I tweak my routes to avoid them. So, for example, on the outbound of the route I ran along the river, which sets itself down below street level – so zero traffic stops for miles. Then I head into the park, so again, no lights.

      Finally, after the Arc I did hit a few lights briefly coming down the Champs-Élysées, but once I hit the gardens you’re home free again. So I think I may have had 2-3 brief stops the entire run.

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  11. guglielmo
    January 28, 2014

    I always like your posts.

    Just one little comment: you should put the french name of the cake! Galette de rois! it is a bit different than cake of the king…. 😛

    nevertheless it looked like a really nice saturday night! have a nice week!

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  12. Dave Schenk
    January 28, 2014

    Hi Ray,

    Thanks for providing the Turbo Muin data!

    Hopefully the Trainer Road people can update the virtual power curve soon, right now I’m seeing a 80-100 watt difference in comparison to my now sold powertap :-(

    Thanks again, Dave

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  13. Julien
    January 28, 2014

    Ray

    Great post.
    Where did you go bike for pic #3 ?
    What are your usual training or testing grounds ?

    Thanks

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    • Rainmaker
      January 28, 2014

      That’s in the Bois de Vincennes, the triangle ‘loop’ seen here; link to dcrainmaker.com

      I often use it for training (and testing). It’s great because it’s traffic free, so you can go around and around without any car traffic. From a running standpoint it’s awesome. You could run a half marathon’s worth of distance in there easily without repeating yourself.

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  14. MATTHEW Cortez
    January 28, 2014

    I thought that Giant was one of yours.
    I was thinking my Fuji equipped with forerunner 310xt watch, garmin cadence sensor that works sometimes at best and cell phone as gps navigation devise was starting to become really pitiful.
    I feel better now.
    Ride or die:’-)

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  15. Matthew Cortez
    January 28, 2014

    Tastycakes!

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  16. Matt
    January 28, 2014

    Hello, please what model of bike do you have? Is that a Giant Advanced Defy? Looking for a light that works on that seatpost

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  17. TheBlackKite
    January 29, 2014

    Hi Ray,
    I love to read your blog, always a pleasure to surf by.
    I have a question that you probably answered already regarding your pictures, do you take them while running or do you actually stop? Are you still using the Lumix?

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    • Rainmaker
      January 29, 2014

      I take them all while running. The only time I don’t would actually be that single picture of the Eiffel tower at night (and the one pre-run obviously). Otherwise, I just keep on trucking.

      I’ve sorta kept the Lumix in the stable the last few months and have been using the VIRB. I like that I can just charge it with a USB cable, so I don’t have to remember battery charger. Also like that I can use it as a backup activity file as well.

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  18. luis fernando oliveira
    January 29, 2014

    The dark Eiffel Tower was easily one of the greatest disappointments of my running tourist career. Worse, I was standing at the Trocadero and could not find the Tower for the life in me. Depressing. So much for the City of Lights moniker.

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    • TheBlackKite
      January 30, 2014

      Thanks Ray for the clarification. I want to take pictures during my runs and put them on a blog, just the pictures actually, you kind of inspired me 😉
      So with your huge experience regarding this what would you recommend? First I was up for the Lumix or similar but now I’m wondering if an action cam would make more sense maybe?

      cheers

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    • Rainmaker
      January 30, 2014

      It depends a little bit on what you plan to do with the camera. If you also want to use it outside of sports, then the Lumix is better. But if you’re plan is purely for sport-use, then I’d go the action camera route. Either the VIRB or GoPro. I find the VIRB nice because it does have the little screen for quickly validating the shot was good.

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  19. Stephen
    January 30, 2014

    Ray, sorry I missed you in Munich at the ISPO. It is huge, really too much to see and absorb in 3-4 days let alone 90 minutes. You are truly crazy. What I noticed this year was that many of the larger brands were not present. Polar was about the only one. No Garmin, No Timex, No Suunto, no O-synce, no Wahoo. 4iii and was there. TomTom was showing up big with lots of extras outdoor advertising for their GPS watch. I’d love to show you a few of my secret spots in Munich, if you ever slow down for a minute.

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    • Rainmaker
      January 30, 2014

      Yeah. Honestly, if I was in those companies shoes – I’d probably skip ISPO too. Realistically they did Eurobike + Interbike (late September). Then they all did CES (three weeks prior), and many of those are doing MWC here in four weeks. Given that, for many of them it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense, as odd as it may seem.

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  20. Rob Wilkinson
    February 2, 2014

    Can you identify the source of your drive?

    Not merely from a training perspective but also from an outlook on life. As evident in your work, you certainly have a passion to “do”. I ask because mine is ever synonymous with the ebb and flow of the tide: coming and going.

    Cheers and thanks for all of your hard work; it is greatly beneficial, informative, and appreciated.

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    • Rainmaker
      February 3, 2014

      I enjoy getting things done, or at least, I enjoy attempting to be efficient at getting things done. There’s lots of things I’m interested in, some surface on the blog – many others don’t. I get interested in some things and then that fades, like your ebb and flow.

      My version of relaxing is hanging out and watching Mythbusters or the like, mindless TV. I tend to get somewhat restless just sitting on a beach, unless I find myself in a good book (or just sleeping).

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