Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

Tacx Rolls out open ANT+ Trainer Profile support, Zwift/TrainerRoad/Kinomap follow

Today Tacx announced and made available open ANT+ trainer profile support.  This support (technically called FE-C, for Fitness Equipment – Controls), allows any 3rd party app to control certain Tacx trainers, as part of their Tacx ‘Smart’ series of trainers.  … Read More Here

GoPro announces new HERO+ LCD camera (oh, and a drone too!)

Today GoPro announced its latest action camera, the GoPro HERO+ LCD.  This marks the first time GoPro has done an ‘off-cycle’ release of a new camera product, as the company has historically released new action cams in the September/October timeframe.  … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend in Côte d’Azur

We just wrapped up an awesome few days with friends down on the other side of the country – here’s what we were up to! 1) Flew down to the French Riviera Getting a slight head start on the weekend, … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

With the three-day weekend wrapping up (even here in France), I figured I’d round out what I’ve been up to. 1) A brilliant outdoor pool swim Friday was a bit of an odd day for a Friday, somewhat more busy … Read More Here

Week in Review–May 23rd, 2015

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 Pioneer Power Meter System In-Depth Review

It’s been nearly 3 years since Pioneer seemingly stumbled onto the bike power meter scene.  The move by what is primarily an audio/visual company to break into the high end cycling scene was looked at by many as…well…odd.  But Pioneer … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s the rundown of what’s been going on in my little world the last few days. 1) Friday afternoon happy hour of sorts Back perhaps a month ago we began a bit of a tradition of Friday afternoon happy hour … Read More Here

Week in Review–May 17th, 2015

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

Strava news of note: Fitbit integration & Local Routes

Over the last week, Strava has rolled out two new integrations – one mostly driven by Fitbit, and the other solely by Strava.  I wanted to briefly go through them since I think both are important for slightly different audiences.  … Read More Here

The Garmin FR225 with optical heart rate: Everything you ever wanted to know

Today Garmin has released their first device with an optical heart rate sensor built into it, the new Forerunner 225.  In the simplest possible terms, the FR225 is basically a FR220 running watch with an optical HR sensor stuffed inside … Read More Here

The Apple Watch Waterproofing Extravaganza: Swim, High Diving, Test Chamber

This past week I’ve been slowly plotting a series of tests to batter the Apple Watch and see exactly how well it’d hold up to a variety of aquatic adventures.  No doubt I’ve been showering with it twice-daily since it … Read More Here

The 2015 Swim/Bike/Run Gear I Use List

It’s that time of year again – the “Swim/Bike/Run Gear I use List!”.  Well, ok, it was that time of year like 8 months ago, but life got in the way.  Thankfully, enough of you kept reminding me each week … Read More Here

First rides with the PowerTap P1 Pedals & PowerTap C1 Chainring…and more

This past weekend I spent time riding on PowerTap’s latest products that were announced about two months ago (much more background in that post), all of which are in various non-final forms, but nearing release. They’ve got a full suite … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

This was officially the weekend that never seemed to end, nor one where I stayed in any one place very long.  Here’s the run-down. 1) Flew to Mallorca to test out PowerTap P1 & C1 power meters With Friday being … Read More Here

Week in Review–May 3rd, 2015

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 DCR Podcast is now on iTunes! Also: Episode 2 is out, RSS feed available

Just a super-quick update that earlier this week the DC Rainmaker Podcast got approved by Apple for iTunes.  That means you can subscribe to it right there from within your Apple device (or iTunes), as well as do something even … Read More Here

The DCR’s on Vacation Fenix3 Giveaway Winner!

Holy cow, there were almost 7,000 entries on the giveaway – the largest to date around these parts!  To be precise, some 6,911 comments in total, after removal of duplicates and the like.  Apparently people really want the new Fenix3. … Read More Here

TomTom Bandit Action Camera In-Depth Review

Today TomTom has announced they’re venturing into the action cam business, with the introduction of the TomTom Bandit.  This Twinkie sized action cam contains 2.7K (30FPS) and 4K (15FPS) capabilities, as well as GPS functionality that you’d expect from a … Read More Here

The North Huvadhoo Atoll (Maldives) Swimaround

The Girl and I have been taking a long awaited vacation to a place far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life (and our respective jobs).  For that, we burned a bunch of points and flew to the … Read More Here

Week in Review–April 26th, 2015

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 DCR’s on Vacation Fenix3 Giveaway!

It’s giveaway time!  Partly because it’s been a while, partly because it’s Friday and it seems fitting, and partly just cause I’m on vacation and this seemed a whole lot easier than writing an in-depth review. This time I’m giving … Read More Here

My Thoughts On The LIMITS Power Meter

Ok, I wasn’t planning on doing a post on the LIMITS power meter until I actually had some first-hand time with the unit.  But given I’ve been swamped with e-mails/tweets/signal flares about the unit, I’m going to put together the briefest … Read More Here

The Mid-Week in Review–April 23rd, 2015

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 DCR Podcast Pilot Episode is Now Available!

Back about two weeks ago while in Austin I spent the morning recording the first few episodes of the DC Rainmaker Podcast with TRS Triathlon.  And now, after much technical hand-wringing (read: we dug out of our inboxes) – the … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s what I was up to over the last few days. 1) Friday Afternoons at The Studio TGIF takes on a slightly different tack at the Cake Studio than most other days.  As is often the case for companies aligned to … Read More Here