Author Archives: Rainmaker

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An Epic Weekend of Cycling in the Pyrenees

After touring our way down the western coast of France, I arrived Thursday night into the Pyrenees region along the south of France – ready to begin three days of riding.  Much of what I was doing was aimed at … Read More Here

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Working our way down the west coast of France

As I noted earlier this week, we took the week off to explore the western coast of France.  While you could spend weeks doing this with meticulous attention to every little town along the way, we decided to go for … Read More Here

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Mont Saint-Michel Marathon 2014 Race Report

I signed up for the Mont Saint-Michel Marathon a long…long…long time ago.  When I did so I didn’t actually have any specific goal.  In fact, the only reason we really signed up for it was that we knew we had … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Past Weekend

I’m operating on a bit of a 1-day broadcast delay this week, and not because I’m trying to protect anyone from any wardrobe malfunctions – but rather simply because it was a busy weekend as you’ll see below.  Plus, we’ve … Read More Here

Week in Review–May 26th, 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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How I evaluate Kickstarter and crowd-funded projects for rainbow-farting ponies

Each week I typically highlight a handful of crowd-funded projects within my ‘Week in Review’ series.  These projects are almost always sports and fitness related, as that’s where most of my interest lies.  In the case of these projects, the … Read More Here

Hands on with the IOLITE GPS-enabled swim goggles

A week or two ago a small company from Utah launched a new swim goggle on Kickstarter that’s aimed at openwater swimmers trying to swim straight.  As anyone whose done an openwater swim will tell you that can sometimes be … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Another weekend, another one jam packed with interesting things.  And, what you see below is only about half of it!  A lot of photos and activities didn’t make the cut unfortunately.  Gotta keep it short…er. 1) Explored a bit more … Read More Here

Week in Review–May 18th, 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

10-Day Sale: Garmin FR910XT down to $249, Suunto Ambit 2S down to $263

The Sale: In what is becoming a bit of an annual mid-May sale, the Garmin FR910XT is now on sale for an end total price of $249.  The unit starts at $399, but is on sale for $299, and then … Read More Here

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A Lisbon (Portugal) Week of Runarounds

Over the past week I’ve been hanging out in Lisbon, Portugal for work meetings.  But, I managed to get in a number of runs here, as well as a bit of time in between things exploring the city a little … Read More Here

A look at Garmin’s new ANT+ Speed & Cadence magnet-less sensors

While these sensors were announced a month ago at the same time as the Edge 1000, photographic information about them has been harder to come by than that of little green men in Roswell, NM.  There were rough sketches released … Read More Here

The May Day Giveaway Results!

Hopefully everyone had a great weekend, and everyone that raced (or trained) was successful in that venture  Since Friday when the giveaway opened, a ton of you swung by and threw your hat in the ring. All in a total … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

After getting back from Dubai on Thursday, here’s a look at what I squeezed in over the weekend before getting back on another plane Sunday night. 1) Friday Night 800m Intervals I started off the weekend with some late Friday … Read More Here

A May Day Giveaway

While meticulously lining up the above action cameras for some underwater tests this week I realized that somehow I missed April on the giveaway plan.  I’ll blame the stingray for that, as clearly there’s no other explanation.  But don’t worry, … Read More Here

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A Night Cycling Around the Autodrome Race Track in Dubai

On Monday when I posted that I was heading to Dubai for a few days, a reader suggested I check out the Wednesday night ‘open track’ at the Autodrome.  Each week they open the track to just cyclists and runners … Read More Here

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Full details on Garmin’s new FR15 combined GPS watch + activity monitor

Please note that I’ve now published my full in-depth review of the FR15.  You should head over to that post to get all caught up. Today Garmin has announced their newest product, the Garmin FR15.  The FR15 is the latest … Read More Here

Scosche RHYTHM+ Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Optical HR Band In-Depth Review

Back at CES 2014 in January Scosche introduced their first dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart unit, the RHYTHM+.  This optical sensor armband would transmit both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart concurrently to any compatible device.  Unlike most other units that were announced that … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Welcome to May!  And with that, the five random things I did this weekend to kickoff the month. 1) Unboxing 38 pounds of heavy duty stuff I shared the below photo on Twitter on Friday, of a new system that’s … Read More Here

Week in Review–May 4th, 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

Suunto rolls out direct integration with Strava, a brief overview

This week Suunto became arguably the first major GPS watch maker to integrate directly with Strava.  Not the first ever, but the first of the biggies (Polar, Suunto, Garmin, and to a degree, Timex).  The implementation of automatic transfers to … Read More Here

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LifeBEAM Smart Helmet with Integrated ANT+ Heart Rate Sensor In-Depth Review

It’s been almost a year since the LifeBeam SMART helmet hit the interwebs via a Kickstarter crowd-funded effort.  Since then they’ve iterated through prototypes, status updates, and then ultimately a few months back – delivery of the actual product.  It … Read More Here

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5 Random Things From The Past Week

While last week was a bit of a short vacation post-Boston, it’s still been quite a busy last 7 days.  Here’s what I’ve been up to for the past week: 1) A week in Florida While we were down in … Read More Here

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The failed openwater swim that landed me in the hospital

My plan was simple: Go for a short openwater swim. Since I rarely get openwater swims in while at home in Paris, I planned to make the most of my beach time in Tampa.  I had a few different openwater … Read More Here

Week in Review–April 27th, 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