Author Archives: Rainmaker

Giveaway Extravaganza: SRAM Quarq RIKEN Power Meter

Your long wait is over.  It’s here.  That’s right…..It’s Power Meter time!  Behold the SRAM Quarq Riken.  Let the wagering begin.  All you have to wager is a comment, so it’s not really a wager; more like just a…well, a … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: The Wahoo Package: RFLKT+, TICKR, iPhone Bike Case

OK, we’re now half way through the DCR Giveaway Extravaganza.  It’s been a long day – especially if you’ve been stalking and refreshing this page waiting for the next big deal.   Sure, it’s been a long 12 hours but … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: PowerBeam Pro Cycling Trainer

It’s midnight in Australia right now.  Which, is somewhat unfortunate for them because as they head into winter, this giveaway is probably more relevant to them than some of you sitting here pondering your lunch options on a hot and … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Garmin Edge 1000

Size matters.  At least, that’s what the magazines say in the grocery store – and they’re never wrong.  At least, that’s what the tabloid magazines sitting next to them say.  And they never lie. Thus, if size matters for you … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Polar V800 Multisport GPS Watch

Are you planning on swimming, cycling, and running all in one day this summer? I’d point out that sounds like a lot of work (I’d advise just doing one instead).  But, if you’re headstrong on doing the whole triathlete thing … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Suunto Ambit2 Multisport GPS watch

What’s that you say?  You want more high end watches?  Ok, deal.  Next up we’ve got the Suunto Ambit2 – it’ll go ahead and track your flailing efforts across all three triathlon sports while also providing navigational support in the … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Garmin Fenix2 Multisport GPS Watch

Back in early spring Garmin released their Fenix2 multisport watch.  This was a well-received move in the sports watch marketplace, bringing enhanced navigation, Running Dynamics, and Bluetooth upload capability into the mix.  Oh, and with the Summer Solstice sneaking up … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: GoPro Hero3+ Black & 3-Way Grip/Arm/Tripod

Your long wait is over.  Let the Giveaway Extravaganza begin!  First up, for your consideration: a GoPro Hero3+ Black.  The Hero3+ Black is their newest top of the line model, actually a combo pack of sorts since it includes a … Read More Here

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Lots of Garmin Updates: FR620 gets cycling mode, AutoSync with MyFitnessPal, full Fenix lineup support for Android

Over the past few days Garmin has released a flurry of updates for a bunch of very different fitness devices.  I’m going to briefly go through each update below, since these updates are probably the most wanted updates folks have … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s what I’ve been up to over the past few days. 1) Enjoying a bit of New York City After my time Friday morning on the TV show, we spent the rest of the day wandering around the city (10 … Read More Here

Week in Review–June 22nd, 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

A behind the scenes look at my TV appearance yesterday (and the actual video clip!)

Yesterday morning in New York City I was live on the FOX morning show, Good Day NY.  I was there to cover some of the newest and most popular sports & fitness technology gadgets coming onto the market, especially as … Read More Here

My Summer 2014 Sports Gadget Recommendations

I’ve always historically put together a sports gadget recommendations list in late Fall, primarily because that’s when things in the sports technology world tend to settle down.  Further, many folks are looking for holiday shopping advice.  The problem is that … Read More Here

Heads Up! Suunto Ambit2 & 2S sale from $219

Effective immediately until June 30th (Update on July 9th – extended for an unknown time period): Extended  there’s a pretty substantial sale on the Suunto Ambit2 & 2S exclusively at Clever Training.  The 2S is down to $219US from $350.  … Read More Here

Tomorrow I’ll be on TV, live in New York City!

Just as a quick heads up, tomorrow (Friday) morning I’ll be on the Good Day New York for FOX TV in New York City, live!  I’ll be chatting about all sorts of sports & fitness technology goodness with the folks … Read More Here

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L’Equipe Paris 10K 2014 Race Report

A few weeks ago a Parisian reader let me know about an upcoming 10K race slated for this past weekend.  Given I had nothing else on the calendar and given that it was a huge race in Paris – The … Read More Here

In Just 7 Days…

Yes, the time is once again almost upon us: The Annual DC Rainmaker Giveaway Extravaganza. Next Tuesday (June 24th) starting at exactly 12:00AM Eastern (0600 CET/CEST) the pinnacle of sports technology giveaway awesomeness will commence.  Last year the numbers were … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

And…it’s Monday again.  How does it happen so quickly?  Here’s a partial rundown of what we were up to this past weekend, though, there’s definitely more to come down the road! 1) The usual Friday night date night: Restaurant supply … Read More Here

Week in Review–June 15th, 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

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Our Parisian Dinner in White with 13,000 people

Tonight we participated in the famous Dîner en Blanc de Paris (Dinner in White of Paris).  This event is now in its 26th year, and this year some 13,000 people joined in the fun around the city.  The event also … Read More Here

Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS Watch & Daily Activity Monitor In-Depth Review

In keeping with the popular trend of adding activity monitoring to devices, back in April Garmin announced their latest running watch – the Forerunner 15 (FR15).  This would take their popular FR10 budget-focused GPS running watch and then combine it … Read More Here

Training Peaks adds automatic sync with Garmin Connect

Today, Training Peaks has announced and enabled the ability for your Garmin workouts to automatically appear in Training Peaks within about 10-seconds of you completing the workout.  This means that for any Bluetooth/WiFi enabled Garmin devices, you’ll be able to … Read More Here

Counterpoint: Understanding why the Garmin AutoSync rollout isn’t necessarily great for consumers

This morning’s announcement by Garmin of their Garmin Sync rollout is one that’s been long in the making – starting in earnest much earlier this year.  The culmination of that effort arrived today with direct synchronization to TrainingPeaks and runcoach.  … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Woot, a weekend back home!  Lots of goodness the past few days, which have included a holiday here in France on Monday.  I’m starting to get the hang of having holidays every two weeks – that’s my kind of style! … Read More Here

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Polar V800 Multisport GPS Watch In-Depth Review

All the way back in early January at CES Polar announced the V800 multisport GPS watch.  This would be their first multisport integrated GPS watch to market, combining the RC3 GPS watch along with the RCX5 non-GPS multisport watch.  On … Read More Here