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Week in Review–February 15th, 2014

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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.

Monday: Week in Review–February 10th, 2014
Monday:
5 Random Things I Did This Past Weekend
Tuesday: First Look At Fly6 HD Camera & Tail-Light Combo
Friday: Why I’m both skeptical and optimistic about The Dash heart-rate monitoring music headphones

Garmin Vector now available on Clever Training:

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A lot of folks have been asking for months when Garmin Vector would be available on Clever Training, and thus, when you’d be able to take advantage of all the usual Clever Training DCR-specific partnership benefits.  The answer: This past Thursday.  Everything got all approved for them to start selling the units – good stuff.

In order to make it easier for you to install Vector, they’re following my recommendation and tossing in the hard-to-find crowfoot adapter for $1 (it normally costs $17…when you can find it) when you purchase Garmin Vector from them.  Again, must be purchased from Clever Training.

In any case, the links are here to the review, and here directly to the Clever Training page.  Just be sure to add the crow-foot adapter separately to your cart (it’s also at the bottom of the Vector page).  Enjoy!

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) Behind the scenes on photographing at Sochi with Getty Images: Pretty cool peek at all the gear, platforms and special connectivity that makes things happen.

2) Trying to follow bike routes on your cell phone? This great little guide tells you how to get turn by turn directions…for cycling…for a route of your choosing on your phone.

3) How to setup TrainerRoad for dueling riders from a single computer: A good little tutorial for all you TrainerRoad couples out there that want to ride at the same time on one computer.

4) New POC helmet has crash sensors: Looks similar to what we saw in the Reebok Checklight system back at CES.

5) If you’re afraid of heights, don’t watch this video: By now, this has made the rounds across a ton of sites.  But just in case you haven’t had your stomach drop from under you yet…enjoy!

6) Interesting race-director series on putting on a race: This particular post in the series is about race sponsorships, but there are other posts definitely worthwhile. Provides a bit of an insight into the (financial) realities of putting on a race. (via Steve Fleck)

7) Fitness Beer – Beer designed for the athlete: Or…well…something like that. (via Ryan)

8) DIY Bike Geek Project – Creating a remote light system for your bike: Ever find yourself in a massive bike parking garage and can’t find your bike?  This remote system will make your bike light up like a Christmas tree.  Geeks only need apply. (Sent in, and created by DCR reader Daniel)

9) Post from PowerTap on Bluetooth Smart: A good piece from one of the key leads at CycleOps/PowerTap.  Lots of insight and a few product hints sprinkled in there…

10) Why Polar Bears are invisible to night-vision goggles: Yes, the Department of Random.  But I found it fascinating.

11) Company behind The Color Run sues college photographer…after stealing his photo: Seriously, just try and follow this story-line.

12) Team Sky notes that not all riders are balanced left/right on power: This likely comes from the Department of Obvious, but since I still see people that fail to recognize that power does vary between riders – even the best riders in the world. Applicable quote starts at 2:22. (via Graham V.)

Crowd Funded Projects of Athletic Note:

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.

(The only major sports-tech related ones from this week I covered in two full posts up above – the Fly6 and the Dash)

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?

Site/Firmware Updates:

Adidas MiCoach Website Update: Mostly a bit of minor updates and improvements, as well as some bug fixes.

Garmin FR22/FR620 chipset received firmware update: This is just the chipset side, and not the full watch firmware side.  Specified to improve accuracy and time to first fix.

iPhone Apps:

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iPad Apps

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Windows Phone Apps:

(Nothing new here this week on my Windows Phone)

Thanks for reading!

14 Comments

  1. I am pretty much convinced that you are somewhat part electronic and don't need sleep!

    Love the weird and random things you find on the internet though, keep up the good work!

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  2. BillM

    Holy crap, those guys on the crane!!! No safety ropes, sure is stomach churning, those guys are crazy.

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  3. On the Android front, Carlo Pescio has quickly put out an update to the Uploader for Garmin app to get upload to Garmin Connect and Endomondo working again after both sites changed their upload process recently.

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    • Greg replied

      This is definitely an awesome app. With a $2 OTG adapter and the ANT+ stick everybody already owns, you can use smartphone to upload from Garmin devices! Great for upload right after a race when you don't have access to a computer.

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  4. I made it three minutes in...But once those folks were on the crane, it was game over for me. I actually said aloud "I am safe and I cannot fall" several times, but still couldn't make it all the way through. ...

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    • Joel Reeves replied

      I was disappointed at the end, I thought they were going to base jump off the crane

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    • frank d replied

      I was waiting for the base jump too ... Boooooo

      You can't expect them to back down the long way and at what point does construction work start?

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  5. frank d

    Seems like you should be able to do the remote bike light project without cutting holes, but I guess, since we're talking parked bike all day long in a public space, any visible attachment might get stolen within a day, exposed wires easily damaged by movement of other bikes in and out, scraping your bike, ...

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  6. Harald

    just for info: I had a runtastic Pro Update on my Windows Phone 8 yesterday, but no changelog

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  7. Brett E

    Hey DCR love the "Week in Review" posts but it would be much easier to navigate if each of your hyperlinks opened in a new tab (rather than redirecting the original link)!!!!

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Hi Brett-

      Yeah, it's something I've toyed with every once in a while, but it's honestly juts a lot more checkboxes for me when creating posts for each link - kinda significantly increasing the time to create the post. And for most, you just right click (or click and hold if on phone).

      Cheers.

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  8. Mike Richie

    I am amazed that you can find such interesting stuff on the inter webs (no end yet I guess) - it saves me so much time. ;)
    Sadly though, your link to turn-by-turn directions is not really accurate. It is just about importing GPX files to your iPhone or Android. To do turn-by-turn you need an app that will convert GPS coordinates to a street or path based route on your phone or an app that can convert GPS coordinates to a street direction file. That file is probably proprietary - but Apple can now transfer real turn-by-turn directions from the Map app on OS X Mavericks to your phone and Googles turn-byturn format might be documented somewhere. Turn by turn also need to be correlated to a specific map and map format. I am currently working on something for the Mac though. I'll keep you updated.

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  9. Brad

    Wow, I experienced significant clenching while watching that crane video.

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  10. Phil B

    This may have been posted before but it looks pretty cool:link to kickstarter.com

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