Author Archives: Ray Maker


Friday Fun Video: How we got the treadmill underground into the DCR Cave

Earlier this week in my post about the DCR Cave, I noted the addition of a treadmill to the space.  However, getting the treadmill to where you saw it was not quite the cake-walk we had hoped it would be.  Rather, … Read More Here

First Look At The Névo Activity Tracker Watch

Last week the folks behind the Névo Watch that recently launched on Indiegogo swung by the DCR Studio to give me a hands on demo of their minimalist smart watch that also functions as an activity and sport tracker. As … Read More Here


A Roodepoort, South Africa Runaround

I arrived yesterday morning into Johannesburg around 7:30AM after an 11 hour flight from London.  While I thought I might run in the afternoon following a day of meetings, my body was apparently able to rather successfully get rid of … Read More Here


The new DC Rainmaker Cave…and new Bertie’s Cake Studio in Paris!

This announcement has been a super-long time coming.  As in, babies have been made in less time.  Almost exactly one year ago The Girl and I started looking at expansion space – both for The CupCakery as well as a … Read More Here


5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Woah, this was a crazy busy weekend for us.  Pretty close to about as jam-packed as I think we can make things fit.  Here’s the low-down (and this is skipping all sorts of stuff like a company that came and … Read More Here


The Santa Corrida de Noël 10K Race Report (2014)

This is our third year racing the annual Santa 10K event just on the edge of Paris.  It has half a dozen different start waves over the course of the morning, from kids races to drop-dead serious racing of elites.  … Read More Here

Week in Review–December 14th, 2014

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 … Read More Here


The ‘Anything On My Recommendations’ List Giveaway Results!

Over the weekend I held the ‘Anything on my Recommendations List’ giveaway, which basically meant that as long as I liked the product and it was listed on my Winter 2014-2015 Recommendations Guide – then you could win it.  This … Read More Here


A London Weekend Runaround

Two quick reminders: First, the Giveaway Closes at the end of today, get your entries in!  And second, if you’re in/around Paris this weekend, remember the DCR Open House is coming up on Saturday, along with the Santa 10K on … Read More Here


The ‘Anything On My Recommendations’ List Giveaway!

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could pick any gadget that’s on my ‘2014 Winter Sports Gadget Recommendations’ list and call it your own?  Yup, I agree.  And, so does Clever Training.  So they’re offering up to one lucky holiday duck … Read More Here


Photos of the Day: Our Christmas Tree by Parisian Velib Bikeshare

Earlier this week The Girl and I made our sorta-annual trek to pickup a Christmas tree at the nearby market.  The first year we returned home via Velib (the bike share system).  Last year, we ended up walking it home.  … Read More Here


The Basis Peak In-Depth Review

When the Basis Peak was announced earlier this fall it was designed to fill in the gaps as well as build upon their previous product, the Basis B1, that was released about 2 years ago.  The Basis watch has always … Read More Here

A short run with the Timex One GPS+, 3G connected running watch

Yesterday I had the chance to go for a brief (and cold) run around the city with the Timex One GPS+ watch. This watch, announced back in August at Outdoor Retailer, contains a 3G chipset within it that enables it … Read More Here


5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

First up, just as a quick Black Friday/Cyber Monday update… I’ll be updating the existing post throughout the day as new Cyber Monday items hit. Amazon announces their listings about 12 hours prior, so by time most US folks wake … Read More Here

2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sports Technology Deals

Updated Dec 16th, 2014 12:35PM – TomTom Multisport back on sale for $149, details in Clever Training section. Updated Dec 14th, 2014 1:05PM EST – Added new Garmin FR910XT deals, and new Vivofit deal. Without question one of the most anticipated … Read More Here

My Winter 2014-2015 Sports Gadget Recommendations

(Before we start, my Black Friday post will hit tomorrow and be updated throughout the week.  This listing attempts to as best as possible take into account those price changes.) It’s that time of year where tons of folks are … Read More Here


5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s the roundup from this past weekend, from domed cameras to tall buildings and night trail runs. 1) Unboxed a 360° Action Camera All sorts of new items floated into the mailbox on Friday.  To begin, I had ordered the … Read More Here

The Winter 2014-2015 Trainer App In-Depth Guide

After my recent Winter 2014-2015 trainer recommendations post, many of you have been asking about trainer apps.  I decided against combining it with the trainer recommendations post in order to give its full due in a standalone post.  In retrospect … Read More Here

DC Rainmaker Paris Open House & Unveiling–December 13th, 2014!

Update – Dec 12th 2014 – If you registered but did not receive location details, simply use the Contact page and I’ll reply to you with the event details (usually within a few minutes).  A few folks mistyped e-mail addresses … Read More Here

Hands-on with the Moxy Muscle Oxygen Sensor

Back about 45 days ago during the ANT+ Symposium I had the chance to sit down on a trainer and suffer through a nearly hour long test of both my physical fitness, as well as the Moxy Muscle Oxygen sensor. … Read More Here

Week in Review–November 17th, 2014

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 … Read More Here


5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s the rundown on what I’ve been up to the last few days! 1) Flew back from Dubai I started off my weekend working my way back from Dubai.  It’s only about a 6hr flight from Dubai to Europe, so … Read More Here

Polar rolls out connection for developers, Apple Health & Google Fit integration

This week, Polar has announced the details of it’s various 3rd party development integration efforts – which cover pretty much every way you can get data out of the platform to other services. I’ll dive briefly into the main methods, … Read More Here

Photo of the day: My Gigantic Dubai Palm Tree Run

Every once in a rare while, I plan a route simply because it’ll look cool from space.  And so was the case tonight.  I had an interval run of sorts to knock out, and after I finished up at work … Read More Here

The 2014 GoPro’s In-Depth Review: Hero4 Black, Hero4 Silver, GoPro Hero

Early last month GoPro completed their annual October ritual of releasing a suite of new units.  Like past years, GoPro doesn’t tend to make massive upgrades in their units, but rather works to add incremental features and performance bumps.  The … Read More Here