Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

Heads Up: New ‘tools’ resource added here on DC Rainmaker

I’m often asked for ways for folks to correct/tweak/modify/convert/consolidate/migrate/sync and generally just dork around with activity files from different devices.  Those being files that you’ve created using some device, typically a GPS watch, but not always. For example, sometimes you … Read More Here

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SportTracks adds Garmin Connect automatic sync

This past weekend SportTracks enabled support for automatic sync with Garmin Connect.  This rounds out the ‘big three’ when it comes to endurance athlete sites and Garmin Connect Auto Sync (including Training Peaks and Strava).  There are of course other … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s a complete rundown (or, in this case, swim/bike/rundown) of what was happening this past weekend in my little world. 1) Did a bit of a rush hour triathlon of sorts With a final Garmin FR920XT unit in hand, I … Read More Here

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The New Garmin FR920XT Triathlon Watch: Everything you ever wanted to know

Please note: My Full In-Depth Review is now published and available.  Please click on over to that post to get my final impressions of the unit. Enjoy! Today, Garmin has officially announced the successor to the FR910XT triathlon/multisport watch, the … Read More Here

First look at Zwift, an ultra real graphics trainer app

Today, startup company Zwift formally announced their product plans for their ultra high graphic training application, aimed at keeping cyclists entertained during their time sitting going nowhere on a trainer.  As you can see pretty much immediately, the graphic aspects … Read More Here

The Power Meters Buyer’s Guide–2014 Edition

How quickly a year has gone by since my last power meter buyers guide.  In that time we’ve seen an explosion of new entrants into the power meter industry, some even actually coming to market with products you can walk … Read More Here

Suunto Ambit3 Multisport GPS Watch In-Depth Review

It’s been nearly three months since Suunto announced the Ambit3, though considerably less time since the unit started making its way into the wild with final hardware and firmware.  Since well before either of those dates I’ve been testing the … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s what I’ve been up to the past few days! 1) Worked my way home from the ANT+ Symposium First up was getting back from Kananaskis, Alberta (it’s in Canada, home of awesome maple syrup).  I was there last week at … Read More Here

Polar M400 GPS & Activity Tracker Watch In-Depth Review

Today, Polar has announced their latest watch, the M400.  This running focused GPS watch also contains day to day activity tracking (i.e. steps and sleep) along with smartphone connectivity.  The unit priced at $179US/€159EUR, is very competitively placed in the … Read More Here

Garmin announces ability to develop apps on wearables, with Connect IQ

Today, at the ANT+ Symposium in Kananaskis, Canada, Garmin has announced a sweeping change to how 3rd parties can interface with Garmin wearable devices a new platform called Connect IQ.  This will ultimately allow 3rd party developers to write applications … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

We’re almost to the end of September, which means that I’m almost past what is a crazy busy time of year around these parts.  Just one more bounce back across the Atlantic this week before at least a week or … Read More Here

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Watteam’s PowerBeat: A first look at prototype/beta power data

Last week while at Interbike I got to not only check out, but actually install, the much talked about $499 PowerBeat system on my bike to take it for a short test ride.  This proved useful in getting a first … Read More Here

A look at BSX Insight, a bloodless lactate threshold testing device

Last week while at Interbike I got the opportunity to spend an evening with the crew from BSX.  They’re an upstart sports technology company that recently completed a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for their BSX Insight device which allows you … Read More Here

Tuesday Garmin Tidbits: New Fenix2 Edition, new/free Vivokeeper safety bands

There are two minor and quick pieces of news from the Garmin camp. One of which hit today, and the other was from roughly the last week or so. Garmin Fenix2 Multisport Special Edition: First up is Garmin has released … Read More Here

SRM: Their iOS app, PC8, and their thoughts on low-cost power meters

While at Interbike I sat down with the SRM crew that’s working on their updated PC8 head unit.  While our discussions started there, they roamed to areas such as the iOS app, rechargeable power meters and the general trends around power … Read More Here

Recon Jet Update: Hands on, and a discussion with their executive team

It’s been a while since I last talked about the Recon Jet around these parts, aside from passing on the occasional newsletter update.  For those unfamiliar with the product, it’s effectively a heads up display of sorts with a sports … Read More Here

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Wahoo Fitness begins shipping TICKR X, and a few other tidbits

Earlier this week, Wahoo Fitness quietly began shipping the TICKR X heart rate strap that they showed off back in January at CES. The TICKR X completes the lineup of TICKR straps that include the regular TICKR, TICKR RUN, and … Read More Here

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CompuTrainer begins to open up access to apps, Kinomap demos WiFi CompuTrainer control and announced Android app

This week at Interbike, both CompuTrainer and Kinomap have made a number of announcements around application control and usage with the CompuTrainer trainer.  Let’s dive into them. CompuTrainer’s ‘Open Source’ First up is potentially the beginning of CompuTrainer opening up … Read More Here

TrainerRoad shows off new iOS app

To begin, for those unfamiliar with TrainerRoad, it’s a training platform that has developed a bit of a cult-like following over the past two or so years since they came on the scene.  The platform (PC/Mac) works by having a … Read More Here

Brim Brothers announces Zone power meter production, my first ride impressions

It’s been a number of years since Brim Brothers unveiled their power meter concept, and today they’ve launched pricing and availability details.  The Zone power meter is a cleat based power meter that is affixed to your cycling shoe, allowing … Read More Here

4iiii’s Introduces $399 Power Meter, Precision: My First Ride With It

4iiii’s has kicked off what will be a frenzy of power meter activity here at Interbike this week.  In doing so, as the post headline implies, they’ve jumped onboard with the plans to further drive the price of power meters … Read More Here

5 Random Things From A Week In Newfoundland

I’ve been relaxing up in Northeastern Canada since early last week, so here’s what I’ve been up to! 1) Back in Newfoundland After three flights following my brief stay in Oulu, Finland, I found myself landing in Newfoundland, Canada – … Read More Here

Photo of the day: Most confusing triathlon swim course ever

It’s been a long time since the last ‘Photo of the day’ post, which have historically almost always been on Friday’s.  But earlier this week when we turned the bend on a tiny coastal road in Northern Newfoundland, I knew … Read More Here

First look at Garmin’s new Vivosmart activity tracker

Today at IFA, the giant consumer-electronics focused show in Berlin, Garmin announced their latest activity monitor, the Vivosmart.  This unit builds upon the Vivofit that was released earlier this year with additional features and tighter smartphone integration. I had a … Read More Here

Behind the Scenes at Polar’s Headquarters

On Monday I made a slight detour off of my previously planned journey from France to North America to visit the headquarters of Polar Electro, well known maker of heart-rate focused sport devices.  By ‘slight detour’, I mean an approximately … Read More Here