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Spectating the 2014 Boston Marathon

We left off with yesterday’s ‘5 Random Things I Did This Past Weekend’ post where I outlined the lead-up into watching The Girl run her first Boston Marathon.  Today, we’ll tackle the whole shindig! Off to the school buses: In … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s a look at the last 48 hours or so as I’ve been bumbling to and around Boston! 1) Flew to NYC, drive to Connecticut, and then onto Boston The theory was a rather relaxing day of a flight from … Read More Here

Week in Review–April 20th, 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

Behind the Scenes: How I choose which products to review

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve got a few variations on the following question (for a variety of products): “Will you be reviewing the Bryton Rider 60 any time soon? If not please can you say why? I realize … Read More Here

The Pinnacle of Fitness Failure: Samsung’s Gear Fit Activity Tracker

On Friday I unboxed and got all set Samsung’s Gear Fit activity tracker.  This is the company’s first direct attempt at competing with activity monitors from the likes of traditional players like Nike and FitBit, as well as newer entrants … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Wow, another crazy busy weekend!  For this week’s 5 Random Things, I’m going back to shortness, because there’s two posts today and I wanted to be able to cover everything and not leave you too overwhelmed! 1) Weekend Evening Eiffel … Read More Here

Week in Review–April 13th, 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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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Yet another weekend of beautiful weather here in the French capital.  Here’s what I was up to for the last 72 hours. 1) Went for a one-way long run I started off my long run mid-afternoon, set to go one-way … Read More Here

Week in Review–April 6th, 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

Behind the scenes at Adidas Global Headquarters, plus updates on future of miCoach and Smart Run GPS

Earlier this week I made the short (very early morning) flight to Nuremburg, Germany to visit the worldwide headquarters of Adidas.  The purpose of the trip was twofold.  First, it was to get a bit of an understanding of the … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s a look at a bit of a getaway weekend we just wrapped up, which, didn’t quite start off on the right foot. 1) Got stuck in an elevator I had just finished picking up our rental car for the … Read More Here

Week in Review–March 30th, 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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Mio adds wireless Shimano Di2 integration, ANT+ trainer control, and more to Cyclo bike units

This past weekend I got a hands-on walk through of a host of new Mio features that are planned to be released as part of a firmware update for their existing units on the market.  Different units get different features, … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

After my quick trip to Mexico City a few days prior, I was back home for a jam-packed weekend.  Lots going on! 1) A Long Run Around The Loop I headed out later Saturday afternoon for my long run.  I’ve … Read More Here

St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway Results!

Hopefully everyone had a great weekend, and great (or green) St. Patrick’s day yesterday!  Since Friday when the giveaway opened, you’ve all been quite busy getting your giveaway on. All in, a record breaking 4,656 of you entered in the … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Past Weekend

A incredibly busy weekend – but, at least a sunny one.  Or, I suppose if you’ve been watching the news lately – a slightly smoggy but still sunny one.  I’m just happy without any rain. 1) Wherein I Discovered We … Read More Here

Week in Review: March 16th, 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 Because It’s Almost St. Patrick’s Day…Giveaway

While I was enjoying the umpteenth day straight of mind-bogglingly sunny weather here in the ‘City of Light’, it occurred to my that St. Patrick’s day is Monday.  Despite the French fondness for any reason to take the day off, … Read More Here

The Past Week in Review: March 11th, 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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Paris-Nice 2014: Going to watch a stage of the famous race

I had hoped to go out and catch the first stage of the famous Paris to Nice cycling race, which occurred on Sunday and generally marks the beginning of the European cycling season for professional riders in major races.  But … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Past Weekend(ish)

With friends in town for the past week, we’ve been a wee bit busy!  So I’ll call this the ‘things I did this past weekend…plus a little bit extra’ edition.  Let’s get to it! 1) A few fun rides around … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Past Weekend

Sometimes, I don’t know where the weeks go.  Before I knew it, I had flown to Wales and back for work, and it was already the weekend.  While I’ve still got to post my Wales Runaround from last week, here’s … Read More Here

Week in Review: March 2nd, 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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MWC 2014 Roundup Part 4: Intel Smart earbuds, Ford automated bike-avoiding car, Behind the Scenes at MWC

After a week of full of MWC, we’ve come to the last post in my health and fitness coverage of the massive mobile focused convention.  This will be a bit shorter post than the others, and I finish up with … Read More Here

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MWC 2014 Roundup Part 3: A look at Kyocera fitness concepts, updates from TwoNav bike computers, standalone cellular GPS trackers, Omate smart watch

Next up we continue to work our way through Mobile World Congress and the never ending series of fitness and health related products (or, product that could be used for fitness and health purposes).  Remember, to see all the posts … Read More Here

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MWC 2014 Roundup Part 2: 4iiii’s updates, ANT+ updates, the Huawei TalkBand Activity Tracker, LG Lifeband, and the SanDisk ring camera

Here’s the second in my series of posts from Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week, covering the fitness and sport segment.  I’ve been breaking them into about 3-5 company highlights each, with a few more posts to come still.  To … Read More Here

MWC 2014 Roundup Part 1: Fitbit Force tidbits, Sony Core activity tracker and new Sony waterproof ANT+ phones, update on Mio Link

While last night’s big news was Samsung’s introduction of multiple smart watches, a new activity tracker, and their flagship S5 mobile phone – there are 8+ massive halls full of other companies exhibiting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain … Read More Here

Hands on with Samsung’s new waterproof S5, activity tracker and Gear watches–with built-in heart rate sensors

Tonight in Barcelona, Samsung announced their latest flagship phone – the Samsung S5, as well as three additional devices.  Ahead of the event, Samsung touted that fitness would be one of the core pillars of the event, and it didn’t … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Past Weekend

Ok, I lied in the title, it’s actually six random things this time.  No worries, I think you won’t mind.  Here’s this week’s look at our random weekend life in Paris, complete with chocolate filled rice rolls to what’s under … Read More Here

Week in Review–February 23rd, 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

MWC 2014 –Mobile World Congress–Got stuff you want to see?

Just a quick heads up to folks that I’ll be headed to Mobile World Congress late Sunday night.  I’ll be on the show floor Monday, and perhaps a few hours Tuesday morning before heading out.  The massive event is held … Read More Here

First Look at Garmin’s new Fenix2 Multisport & Triathlon Watch

Please note: My Final Fenix2 In-Depth Review is now available and published here. Today, Garmin announced their latest watch – the Fenix2.  This unit builds upon the first generation Fenix unit that was initially released in the summer of 2012.  … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Past Weekend

While I raced the Barcelona Half-Marathon on Sunday, it wasn’t the only thing that we did – either in Barcelona, or the weekend en whole.  Here’s a look back at the weekend, which did not include a Monday holiday like … Read More Here

Garmin adds ANT+ power meter support to VIRB action camera

Today, Garmin released a new firmware update for their action camera – the VIRB.  This new firmware applicable to the VIRB Elite (that’s the model with the ANT+ sensor support) will now natively record ANT+ cycling power meter data and … Read More Here

Week in Review–February 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

Why I’m both skeptical and optimistic about The Dash heart-rate monitoring music headphones

It’s funny, as a general rule, I don’t like writing about Kickstarter projects where I haven’t seen or touched the product hands-on.  I think that introduces too much risk where people assume that because I write about it, it’s a … Read More Here

First Look At Fly6 HD Camera & Tail-Light Combo

Yesterday I got to take out for a spin a new combination tail-light and HD camera that just launched on Kickstarter yesterday as well.  The Fly6 camera is designed to act as a bit of a safety cam – recording … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Past Weekend

Here’s my weekend roundup, like the past two weeks – in a ‘5 Random Things’ type line-up to keep things semi-organized and a bit easier to consume. 1) I did a bunch of device testing and photographing (with a bike): … Read More Here

Week in Review–February 10th, 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

My 2014 Race Schedule….Roughly.

It’s slightly past that time of year, again, but, I figured I’d give a quick overview of some of the races I’ve got on the calendar for the upcoming year.  As is usually the case, the events I ultimately end … Read More Here

‘Because it’s Cold’ Giveaway Results! Were you the winner?

This past weekend was the ‘Because it’s Cold’ Giveaway, where I tried to light a tiny bit of warmth in your heart…especially if you’ve been training in the cold lately. All in, some 2,387 of you entered in the contest … Read More Here

Developing a Google Glass sports & fitness app? Now is a good time to let me know.

As we move into the spring and companies like Recon Instruments (hopefully) release their Recon Jet bike/run sports-focused heads up display unit, I decided I’d take the plunge and start to understand the rest of the marketplace. At present, the … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Past Weekend

Last weekend on Monday I did a ‘5 Random Things I Did This Past Weekend’, and it turned out that lots of you found that a fairly useful format.  So given I don’t have any single big ticket item from … Read More Here

Week in Review–February 1st, 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 Because It’s Cold…and January…Giveaway

This morning I landed back home in Europe after being in DC for a couple days.  In doing so, I increased my environmental temperature by approximately 50°F….to approximately 50°F.  Just think, if I did that again it’d be like being … Read More Here

TomTom releases phone app, allows for mobile uploading with TomTom Runner & Multisport units

Today, TomTom released their phone app for uploading workouts wirelessly from the TomTom Runner and Multisport units to your phone.  The intention to release such functionality had been announced back in December, though without a specific timeframe attached to it. … Read More Here

A look at Suunto’s new Ambit2 R GPS

Please note: My Full Suunto2 R In-Depth Review is now available at this link. Enjoy! This morning Suunto officially announced their latest GPS unit – the Suunto Ambit2 R.  This unit is targeted specifically at runners, and is essentially a … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Past Weekend

Since I’ve got less than 45 minutes until my flight departs, we’re going to go bullet-point style to cover the randomness that was this weekend: (Edit: Ok, my attempt to publish before departure was thwarted by my little friend…slow internet.) … Read More Here

Week in Review–January 25th, 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 short behind the scenes visit to Suunto and Omegawave

Last Friday as I finished up my frozen adventures in Finland, I had a couple of hours after my work meetings wrapped up before my flight back home.  So rather than spend that time hanging out in the Helsinki airport … Read More Here

Stages, Wahoo sponsor Team Sky, CycleOps sponsors Trek Pro team, and Team Lampre on ROTOR Power, Movistar on Power2Max

Today, another sports technology company joined in the roughly two week long fiesta of companies sponsoring pro cycling teams.  Wahoo’s announcement this morning that they’re sponsoring Team Sky, makes Sky the epicenter of connected sports technology sponsorships: Stages power meters, … Read More Here

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Running to the Château with new gadgets and muscle oxygen monitoring

I got home around 11PM Friday night, from a week split between the UK and Finland.  Stepping off the plane from Finland was almost identical to stepping off the plane in the Caribbean.  While the temperature was only about 50*F … Read More Here

Week in Review–January 19th, 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

Week in Review–January 13th, 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

CES Roundup Part 2: Garmin, ANT+, 4iiii, BKOOL, Withings, O-Synce, Outside Interactive, LG, Pebble, Casio, Opryx, Glucovation

We left off yesterday with Part 1 of my CES Roundup, which covered new products and notables from the following companies: Sony, Geonaute, Contour, VOXX, Jaybird, Kreyos, Aftershokz, Reebok, Magellan, and Moxy. Today, we dive into the second half of … Read More Here

CES Roundup Part 1: Sony, Geonaute, Contour, VOXX, Jaybird, Kreyos, Aftershokz, Reebok, Magellan, Moxy

The only way to describe CES is organized chaos.  Over time, you get better at it.  This year I optimized my schedule and shunned doing any scheduled appointments.  This allowed me to to simply move from booth to booth in … Read More Here

Hands on with Wahoo Fitness TICKR, TICKR RUN, and TICKR X

Today, Wahoo Fitness announced three new products for the fitness market, and in doing so, started what they describe as a new push towards cross-platform support. The three products are all heart-rate strap based, but with different (cumulative) features and … Read More Here

Hands on with the new Garmin Vivofit & Vivoki Activity Monitors

Update March 12th, 2014: I have published my full In-Depth Review of the Vivofit here. Please head over there for full details and the latest. Today, Garmin announced their latest fitness product, and first entrants into the activity monitor world: … Read More Here

First look at new Mio Link ANT+/Bluetooth Smart optical heart rate wrist band

Today, Mio announced their newest product, the dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart optical heart rate wrist band: Mio Link.  This new product is about half the size of their previous product (the Alpha), and transmits across both protocols.  This is notable as … Read More Here

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Washington DC Tidal Basin Intervals

Ahh yes, back in Washington DC.  Though, not permanently.  Just for a few days before I head off to CES on Sunday evening for a crazy-busy packed few days (with a lot of awesomeness in the pipeline). After arriving into … Read More Here

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A few days skiing at Zermatt in Switzerland

One of the best parts about living in Europe is that there’s a heck of a lot of options when it comes to where to go skiing.  The tricky part is choosing which place to go, and then sometimes, how … Read More Here

3 Ways to Automatically Copy Your Garmin Training Data to Other Fitness Sites

With the rise of connected devices that automatically upload your rides and runs upon completion to Garmin Connect, there’s been a corresponding rise in usage of 3rd party sites that synchronize that data to other training log platforms such as … Read More Here

So you just got a GPS fitness device for Christmas? Start here: 2013 Edition

Congrats!  So you’ve just unboxed a new GPS watch/device?  Good deal, here’s how you can get started in understanding how best to take advantage of your newfound toy.  Of course, unlike that dessert you’ll eat later on tonight (or, perhaps, … Read More Here

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The last flight of the year, and other antics of the weekend

Finally, home. After over 250,000 miles of travelling this year – almost all for work – I took my last flight this year and go onto enjoying some time back at home.  I was (back) in Mexico for a few … Read More Here

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A weekend preparing for Christmas…and Santa Runs

Before we get to the Santa costume 10K race (where I actually ran hard despite the costume), we’ve gotta get through the weekend.  Some folks have commented that I’ve been lacking some food and Parisian posts lately, thus, we’ll cover … Read More Here

Week in Review–December 14th, 2013

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

Check it out! The exclusive DCR branded Safer Swimmer openwater swim buoy!

Remember last summer when I did a product review of the safer swimmer swim buoy?  It’s the swim buoy that keeps you from getting run over by wandering boats while out on openwater swims.  It also gives you a dry … Read More Here

A Rio de Janeiro Runaround

I arrived into Sao Paulo, Brazil early on Thursday morning, directly from Europe.  With meetings on Thursday and Friday taking up all daylight hours, I didn’t see much of Sao Paulo by time I was back at the airport Friday … Read More Here

Week in Review–December 8th, 2013

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

Huge Garmin Fenix Firmware Update: The Beginning of GPS Fitness Watches Becoming True Smart Watches

Yesterday, Garmin quietly rolled out a ‘beta’ update to their Fenix & Tactix lineup, which are their watches previously/primarily aimed at ultra-runners and those wanting hiking/navigational capabilities.  For Garmin, firmware updates – let alone beta ones, rarely have massive new … Read More Here

Week in Review–December 4th, 2013

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 weekend skiing in Switzerland and running at home

After my Ukrainian foray ended early Friday morning (a painful 5:55AM to be exact), I caught a flight to Frankfurt and then onto Zurich, touching down late-morning.  From there I’d drive 75 minutes into the alps where I was headed … Read More Here

2013 Sports Technology Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals!

Updated as of Dec 10th 8:10AM Eastern NOTE: At this point all these deals are expired!  Hope you enjoyed! Perhaps one of the most anticipated shopping days of the year – at least for US folks, but these days many … Read More Here

Week in Review–November 23rd, 2013

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

Florence Marathon Packet Pickup Complete!

Our aircraft landed at the Florence airport last night with the same grace and thrust of Miley Cyrus and a giant foam finger.  The weather…not so hot.  So windy and rainy in fact that the airport’s power/electricity immediately shut off … Read More Here

What the acquisition of MapMyFitness by Under Armour really means for the industry

The company behind the platform: Despite most Internet apps running small operations, MapMyFitness is hardly small from an employee standpoint.  As of Tuesday it counted 101 employees, with 31 employees in Denver, and another 70 employees at its headquarters in … Read More Here

Week in Review–November 18th, 2013

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 Mexico to Israel via London Layover Airport Interval Runaround

To start, let’s just recap the last two days. Or at least, I think it’s been two days: Sunday 10AM France Time: Departed, connected in London, flew to Mexico City. Sunday 6:45PM Mexico Time: Landed in Mexico City after 11hrs … Read More Here

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A short weekend at home testing action cams…in the rain.

Ahh yes, with October behind us the last tattered threads of summer weather are most definitely gone.  Welcome the rain. And the cold. And the wind. All at once. Nonstop. The other problem is lack of sunlight.  Not because I … Read More Here

Week in Review–November 10th, 2013

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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Running a lot so I can justify going to the Parisian Chocolate Fair

Somehow in the crazy-busy last few days in getting a slew of product reviews published I didn’t quite get to talk about my weekend at the chocolate fair.  Obviously, that’s a problem.  Anytime I skip out on talking about chocolate … Read More Here

A look at the ScribeLabs Running Kinematics Footpod

Last month while at the ANT+ Symposium I had the chance to poke at and go for a run with a new running mechanics sensor that’s looking to hit the market next year.  The sensor, called Motion Scribe, is the … Read More Here

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A relaxing weekend at the beach (in Greece)

After finishing up work meetings on Friday evening, The Girl and I kicked back and enjoyed the weekend (+ this upcoming Monday) here just outside of Athens, Greece. For the most part we had nothing planned.  That’s sorta the goal.  … Read More Here

Week in Review–October 26th, 2013

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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Photo of the day (of the run): Old man fishing naked

Time for a photo of the day. It’s been a while, and Friday seems like the perfect time for it! Tonight I went out for a 10-mile run.  It was a simple affair: 5 miles at a Z2 heart rate, … Read More Here

Initial thoughts on the new Adidas Smart Run GPS watch

Update note: My In-Depth Review of the Smart Run GPS has now been published, check it out here! Last week Adidas announced their first foray into the GPS device world with their Adidas Smart Run GPS watch.  While this may … Read More Here

Week in Review–October 19th, 2013

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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Automated Bike Fit Measurement App Review: Bike Fast Fit

I want to start off by first noting just how rare it is that I write an entire post specifically about a single app.  I could probably count the number of times I’ve done that in 6 years on one … Read More Here

The Paine Field Runaround

I’ve been heads down the last few days concurrently writing a bunch of upcoming reviews for the next few weeks – so we’ll keep today’s post somewhat short so I can go back into the abyss of processing photos and … Read More Here

Week in Review–October 12th, 2013

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

Samsung to add ANT+ to full range of mobile devices, plus a look at the S Health app

ANT+ being added to all recent and new Samsung mobile devices: Probably the single biggest bit of news that came out of the ANT+ Symposium last week was Samsung’s announcement that they’ll be releasing ANT+ to all S4 devices in … Read More Here

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An In-Depth Visit Behind the Scenes at Saris/CycleOps/PowerTap Headquarters

The night before arriving at the home of CycleOps I looked up the address on Google using Streetview, simply to know what I’d be looking for the next morning as I made my way over.  But after the resultant imagery … Read More Here

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A brief weekend at home celebrating

After speaking at the ANT+ Symposium on Thursday, I caught a flight back home to Paris on Friday morning, which ultimately would plop me at the Charles de Gaulle airport at 9:25AM Saturday morning.  In general, when coming from west … Read More Here

My 2013 ANT+ Symposium Keynote Presentation

Last Thursday, for the fourth year in a row I presented to the ANT+ Symposium in Kananaskis, Alberta.  The ANT+ Symposium is the yearly gathering of all the major companies in the sector that make up the ANT+ Alliance, which … Read More Here

Week in Review–October 6th, 2013

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

Massive Suunto Ambit 2/2s Exclusive Clever Training Sale

******[Update: Please note this deal is now expired!]****** As I promised almost exactly one year ago when I announced the Clever Training partnership, I’d only make a full-on post about something deal-related when it was a massive deal.  Thus this … Read More Here

Week in Review–September 29th, 2013

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

Curiosity/Survey: Do you use a different device for running than cycling?

Over the past few weeks as I’ve been talking to folks in the industry a point that keeps coming up is whether or not folks care that Bluetooth Sensors (i.e. HR straps, cycling Speed/Cadence sensors, etc…) can’t be concurrently paired … Read More Here

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Week in Review–September 23rd, 2013

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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A look at the competitive booth games of Interbike

With all of my 2013 Interbike product-related posts now completed, I figured it’d be fun to briefly look at some of the booth competitions that were found on the show floor as I wandered around. Of course, this is really … Read More Here

Interbike News That Didn’t Fit: Tacx iPad App, iBike, BikeSpike, Pioneer, Garmin FR220/FR620 notes, and more!

As I wander around the show floor there’s plenty of little things that don’t fit and/or really have enough content to create a full post from.  Usually little snippets of information I found interesting, and/or you requested more information about. … Read More Here

A look at the new (and crazy silent) Elite Turbo Muin trainer with power output

Over the last week many of you asked me to look into Elite’s new Turbo Muin trainer, which was just announced by the Italian cycling company.  So I did just that, thus, let’s dive right into things. The 17kg (37.4lbs) … Read More Here

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Hands on with the Shimano’s Di2 ANT+ SCIO shifting bike computer

Well, actually, my title is probably a bit misleading.  Thus, I should probably be more honest in my titles in the future. See, it isn’t actually ANT+, but rather private-ANT.  Second, it doesn’t actually control your Di2 system – rather, … Read More Here

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Barfly shows off slew of new bike computer, camera, and gear mounts

This week Tate Labs (which is the real name of the company behind the Barfly) unveiled a bunch of new mounts to allow you to mount just about anything on the planet to your bike. You’ll remember my previous post … Read More Here

K-Edge adds new mount options for GoPro, Sony Action Cam, and Garmin Edge units

This week at Interbike, K-Edge showed off a number of new mounts that will be hitting the market starting October 7th.  While K-Edge has been selling Garmin Edge compatible mounts for a while now, these mounts either update some of … Read More Here

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Hands-on with SRM’s upcoming iPad app for their new PC8 head unit

Today I got the chance to go hands-on with a very preliminary version of the SRM iPad application that will accompany the new SRM PC8 head units next spring (2014) as part of a simultaneous release. I previously covered the … Read More Here

Kinomap demonstrates route builder software, adds CycleOps PowerBeam support, Sony Action Cam integration

The folks at Kinomap have been pretty busy lately, adding a slew of new features to their existing Kinomap trainer app, as well as optimizing some of the existing functions in the app. First up is expanded compatibility with the … Read More Here

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A night at the Las Vegas Super Sprint Triathlon Grand Prix

Tonight I spent the evening checking out the Super Sprint triathlon race format as part of the Super Sprint Triathlon Grand Prix which served as the 2013 USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championships.  This racing style is a bit different … Read More Here

4iiii’s announces Cliiiimb Strava segment competition app, new low-priced hardware bundles

Here at Interbike, 4iiii’s has announced their latest product – Cliiiimb – which allows you to get status updates in real time while riding or running any Strava segment against anybody already on the Strava leaderboard. 4iiii’s will be releasing … Read More Here

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Redshift Sports demonstrates Switch Aero System quick-release and quick-change aerobar/seatpost system

Back a number of months ago there was a Kickstarter campaign for the Switch Aero System, which takes the clip-on aerobars concept to a more flexible place.  Previously clip-on aerobars weren’t actually as ‘clip-on’ simple as their name implies, as … Read More Here

BKOOL demonstrates KICKR compatibility, new user-video route upload function, Android app

Today at Interbike BKOOL made a slew of announcements related to their trainer platform.  In doing so they’re adding themselves to a growing chorus of companies that are adopting standards around indoor training and the software and devices that are … Read More Here

Stages Cycling adds new power meter metrics, shows off high-speed data streaming

Today at Interbike I got a sneak peek at Stages Cycling’s latest firmware update plans coming down the line to Stages Power meter owners. First up is the addition of the ANT+ Torque Effectiveness and Power Smoothness metrics.  These metrics … Read More Here

Wahoo Fitness debuts Wahoo RPM, shows off Android KICKR control

Today at Interbike Wahoo Fitness announced their Wahoo RPM Bluetooth Smart cadence sensor.  This tiny pod attaches to your current crank arm and provides cadence (revolutions per minute) via Bluetooth Smart, to compatible applications. This is similar to their Blue … Read More Here

Power2Max drops power meter prices nearly 20%, adds Praxis Works for chain rings

Power2Max announced here at Interbike that they are lowing their prices further – almost 20%, following price reductions and new product announcements at Eurobike just three weeks ago. Here’s the skinny: – The $899US FSA Gossamer will be a permanent … Read More Here

Now kicking off Interbike 2013!

Just as a quick heads up to regular readers that starting today Interbike 2013 begins.  While the Outdoor Demo occurred earlier in the week, today the main indoor portion begins.  Like Eurobike, you’ll see a slew of cycling-related posts from … Read More Here

Running hill repeats with the Velib bike share

The last few weeks in preparation for the upcoming Paris-Versailles running race I’ve been doing a variety of hill-related workouts on the main hill of the course itself (a nearly 2-mile long and 600ft climb).  However, while that works out … Read More Here

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Initial hands-on with Polar Loop activity tracker

Hello! My Polar Loop In-Depth Review is now published, and can be found here.  Thanks! Today Polar announced their latest product – the Polar Loop.  This marks a new area for Polar where they’re branching into the heath “activity monitor” … Read More Here

Week in Review–September 17th, 2013

OK…the odd Tuesday morning edition.  This was slated for Sunday, but the FR220/FR620 post process took a wee bit more time than I expected.  One of these days I’ll learn to take less photos… The Week in Review is a … Read More Here

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First look at Garmin’s new FR620 & FR220 GPS running watches

Please note the final in-depth reviews are now out, and you’ll want to look at those reviews rather than this post (which was written at time of announcement on beta hardware/software). The final Garmin FR620 In-Depth Review is now available … Read More Here

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Running my way to Château de Versailles

When it comes to races, it’s always highly advantageous to be able to pre-run or pre-ride the course ahead of time, especially if you don’t live in Florida where everything is pancake flat. In this case, I’d be running the … Read More Here

Week in Review–September 8th, 2013

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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Running Hill Repeats Into The Night

I’ve decided that anytime my coach sends over a map it always ends poorly for my legs.  In kind of a mad scientist sort of way he sent over an e-mail a few days ago proposing a workout based on … Read More Here

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The Power Meter Buyers Guide – 2013 Edition

With all the new power meter products on the market recently, I figured it’s time to do a bit of a re-group and explain the options and some of my recommendations.  I’m not going to cover why you’d use a … Read More Here

Riding off French cheese and meat platters

This would be the first full weekend we’ve had at home since the first week of August.  It’s been a busy summer, or rather, was a busy summer.  Sad that it’s now September.  Friday night we continued our usual “Friday … Read More Here

Week in Review–August 31st, 2013

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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Eurobike Day 2: The Fun Stuff

I’ll be honest and straight forward, there’s nothing fun about waking up at 7AM after falling asleep at 4AM.  And honestly, ‘waking up’ is probably a strong term.  It implies a state of alertness.  I assure you, for example, that … Read More Here

Recon Jet: Hands on with the endurance sports heads up display

While the Recon Jet was introduced this past spring, it’s a project I’ve been following for quite a long time. I first sat down with the company over a year ago to talk about what athletes would want in a … Read More Here

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O-Synce introduces new Bluetooth Smart accessories/displays, other cool functionality in software for power meter users

Over the past few days I got a chance to check out all the new units that O-Synce is working on for the next few months. First out of the gate is the upcoming release of a new Bluetooth Smart … Read More Here

Eurobike Power Meter Update Post: Quarq, ROTOR, Pioneer, Brim Brothers & Ciclosport

As part of my Eurobike coverage I’ve published posts for all of the power meter companies that have released new products at Eurobike this year.  Each of those companies had a separate post published on their new products.  That included … Read More Here

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Power2Max releases new Type S line, expands compatibility

This week at Eurobike, Power2Max has introduced their new Type S lineup of power meters, which expands compatibility across a wide number of crank sets, as well as reduces weight in the unit.  As a refresher, I reviewed the 2nd … Read More Here

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PowerTap’s new hubs, Bluetooth Smart Trainers, iPad apps, and more

Over the past five days PowerTap has released a slew of new products – some big ones, and some smaller updates. But, all definitely worth talking about. Before getting into it, as I’ve noted on a lot of recent posts … Read More Here

Kurt Kinetic shows off updated trainers

This week here at Eurobike Kurt Kinetic has debuted their latest updates to their existing trainer lineup.  While none of these changes are massive, nor are they new products, I figured I’d take a second to give you the rundown … Read More Here

Hands on with the new Garmin Edge Touring GPS bike computer

Today (well, technically last night, just barely) Garmin announced the latest addition to their bike computer lineup – the Garmin Touring. I had a chance to spend time with the product team last April and give them a bunch of … Read More Here

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Eurobike Day 1: The Fun Stuff

Now that I’ve got a fair chunk (but far from all) of Day 1’s sports technology posts knocked out, I figured I’d give a walk through of some of the more entertaining aspects of the day.  As well as just … Read More Here

First look at new SRM PC8 head unit with WiFi/GPS/ANT+ & Bluetooth

Updated August 30th, 7:58PM with clarifications/additions from SRM, see note at end for summary of changes. Today SRM unwrapped their PC8 head unit, which is the successor to their existing PC7 head unit that’s on the market today.  The PC8 … Read More Here

FYI: Added hands-on photos & comparison charts to Garmin VIRB post

Just a super-quick mid-evening Eurobike heads up that I’ve gone back and added a large gallery of photos of the actual Garmin VIRB production units to the Garmin VIRB action camera post that was put up last week.  This helps … Read More Here

Update on Polar/Look Keo Pedal Power Meter Bluetooth Smart Plans

While Polar is strangely absent from this years Eurobike show floor, their partner with the already released Polar/Look Keo Power System – Look – was present and more than happy to sit down and talk about their upcoming plans for … Read More Here

Hands on with the newly announced Tacx iPad app, ANT+ changes, Bluetooth Smart trainers

This morning I spent a bit of time going hands-on with the latest product from Tacx – their iPad training app.  In addition, I got details on their upcoming Bluetooth Smart trainers, and their plans to play better and more … Read More Here

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New Bull Trainer iOS app for KICKR Trainer

The company behind the popular Kinomap training software has released a new app – Bull Trainer.  This app allows you to ‘ride’ the historical graphs of any publically traded company.  Depending on how volatile that company is, your workout may … Read More Here

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My weekend: Stonehenge, a float on the Queen Mary 2, and a day in Hamburg

After yesterday’s post about the Queen Mary 2 runaround, I figured I’d give you a bit wider look at our long-weekend.  It included a visit to the famous Stonehenge site, a 2+ day voyage on the Queen Mary 2, and … Read More Here

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Week in Review–August 25th, 2013

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

Heads up on late summer & fall events and conferences I’ll be attending

It’s about time to head into the busy late summer and fall period.  At least, a busy period in the sports technology world.  Typically the sports technology world introduces devices at one of two major timeframes – fall and spring.  … Read More Here

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Initial thoughts on Garmin VIRB sports camera with ANT+ connectivity

My Full In-Depth Review of the VIRB and VIRB Elite has been published! Check it out here! On Tuesday Garmin announced their entry into the sports action camera market – a market currently dominated by GoPro, with a slew of … Read More Here

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Cycling to the most easterly point in North America

After driving out to Cape Spear last Monday I decided that it would make for a perfect long ride this weekend. Except, I wasn’t quite content with just a ‘simple’ out and back. No, I’d add in a bunch more … Read More Here

Week in Review–August 19th, 2013

Given I’m ‘on vacation’ this week (and last, and this next), that means I may from time to time lose track of weekends vs weekdays. That’s what vacation is for, right? Thus, here’s the Week in Review – “Monday Edition”.  … Read More Here

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A Philadelphia Runaround

You know what’s nice about this run in Philadelphia?  I didn’t have to run a marathon.  It seems the trend that every time I’m in Philly I’m either running the Philly Marathon/Half-Marathon, or doing the Philly Triathlon.  This time, I … Read More Here

Week in Review–August 12th, 2013

Given I’m ‘on vacation’ this week (and last, and the week after), that means I may from time to time lose track of weekends vs weekdays. That’s what vacation is for, right? Thus, here’s the Week in Review – “Monday … Read More Here

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A look at a week of rides (and a run) in Boulder, Washington DC

It’s been a busy week thus far (and seemingly only getting busier, despite being Sunday). So I figured I’d catch folks up on where I am, and in doing so I have a post that isn’t about power meters (since … Read More Here

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First hands-on look & rides with the Garmin Vector power meter

Over the past two days, a small number of publications have gotten a hands-on look at the Garmin Vector system – which starts shipping today (Wednesday, August 7th).  In doing so we’ve collectively been able to ride with it, ask … Read More Here

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A weekend riding past the beach and swapping power meters

Looking at this past weekend, I’m not really sure where it went to.  In fact, the same can really be said for July as well.  As The Girl pointed out last night: “What July?”.  Neither of us have any idea … Read More Here

Week in Review–August 3rd, 2013

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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A week of swim, bike, run in Seattle

I sit here climbing away from from Seattle, with Mt.  Rainier off to my left.  It’s been a rather sunny week here this time, I think my 3rd trip to Settle in the last 3 months.  Apparently it’s been sunny … Read More Here

Week in Review–July 27th, 2013

The important part here is The Week in Review’s are back! 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 … Read More Here

Clever Training & DCR Exclusive Deal on Garmin Edge 800: $279

August 1st, 2013 – please note: This deal is now expired.  Thanks for supporting the site! Just a quick heads up that Clever Training worked out a deal to offer exclusively to DC Rainmaker readers to pickup the Garmin Edge … Read More Here

First look at new Magellan Echo smartphone enabled running watch

This morning Magellan announced their newest entrant to the fitness market – the Magellan Echo.  Unlike many running watches, this unit takes a bit of a different approach to things.  Instead of containing a GPS chip within the unit, it … Read More Here

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Watching the Tour de France finish in Paris

While we moved to Paris last year just before the Tour began, I unfortunately had to go on a work trip the day the Tour finished in Paris – thus missing the famous finale. Given this year was the 100th … Read More Here

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A day spectating on Alpe d’Huez at the Tour de France

After spending the week wandering around France we got back late last night following an exciting day on the climb to Alpe d’Huez at the Tour de France yesterday. While I’ll circle back over the next day or so with … Read More Here

A road trip to Alpe d’Huez and the Tour de France

The Girl, myself, and a few friends are working our way across France down to Alpe d’Huez and the surrounding area for later this week. As such, things will be fairly quiet for the first part of this week while … Read More Here

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A look at how Strava has begun cutting off your data access and removing functionality

(2014 Update: Just as a heads up that on January 6th, 2014 Strava remedied many of the items I discussed here.  While many changes/reverting came sooner in that six month gap since initial publishing of this post, it all became … Read More Here

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A day at the Tour de France time trials headed to Mont Saint-Michel

Yesterday was a rather long day.  It started at 5AM, leaving home in Paris and driving approximately three hours to the site of Stage 11 of the 2013 Tour de France.  This year that was an individual time trial consisting … Read More Here

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Finally summer! A look at my brick-taper weekend.

It’s been a nice relaxing summer weekend back at home in Paris – the weather seems to be largely pleasant, versus the normal cold and rainy.  For example, Thursday night we went out walking along the Seine and it was … Read More Here

Week in Review–June 30th, 2013

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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Photo of the day: The Riverside 100m dash

It’s been a while since a photo of the day post.  But last night The Girl and I were out along the Seine enjoying a new ‘park’ that opened up this past weekend – the Berges des Seine.  It stretches … Read More Here

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The Giveaway Extravaganza Winners!

Now that everyone has had time to take a breather (though likely still waking up in a bit of a post-giveaway extravaganza hangover), it’s time to announce the winners! First up, I want to say a huge thanks to everyone … Read More Here

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Hands on with the Sensoria sock activity monitoring system

(Quick Giveaway Extravaganza Note: First, I’m not giving away a Sensoria system, back to normal posts :).  Second, winners will be announced sometime today (Thursday), as I’m working through cleaning up any duplicates and picking the winners.  Thanks for the … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: The ‘iPack’–Wahoo RFLKT, 4iiii’s Viiiiva, Blue SC, and more!

All good things must come to an end…and the end is regrettably here.  And by here, I mean after explaining this last giveaway. I decided to make a bit of a basket of things for the iPhone/iPad/iPod carrying person.  First … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Garmin Edge 510 or Edge 810

Sometimes you just can’t decide.  Like when eating donuts. Apple fritter or maple bar?  That’s sorta how it was for this giveaway.  I couldn’t decide between the 510 or the 810.  Some folks want mapping, and some want a slightly … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Wahoo Fitness KICKR Trainer

I told you I wasn’t going to stop with just watches and power meters…. While it may be a few days into summer for those of us up north, that doesn’t mean you can’t spend some quality time on the … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Garmin FR910XT GPS Multisport watch

Sometimes you just need a friend when you’re going out and swimming, cycling and running 140.6 miles. No, not scuba fins like Finman. But something more technologically advanced, like, the FR910XT. This multisport watch will track your swims, bikes, and … Read More Here

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Giveaway Extravaganza: SRAM Quarq Riken Power Meter

What? You thought I’d be just doing watches today? Oh how wrong you are…you just wait…I’m only getting warmed up. The Quarq power meter allows you to more accurately pace your race and training efforts, ultimately increasing the likelihood of … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Timex Run Trainer 2.0 GPS Running Watch

Yes, that’s a glass of chocolate milk. When I went sifting through my library of product photos for the single shot to use for the Timex Run Trainer 2.0 giveaway, I stumbled upon the above photo. It was in a … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Polar RC3 GPS Running Watch

There’s no question that the RC3 is my most favored Polar product to date.  It’s the first Polar unit to fully integrate GPS into the watch itself.  The unit is primarily aimed at the running crowd, but can easily do … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Suunto Ambit 2 GPS Multisport Watch

First up this year, the Suunto Ambit 2!  This triathlon focused watch crossed over from starting off as a hiking/ultra-runners watch and then within the Ambit 2 line, they added in all triathlon sports (swim/bike/run/multisport).  Of course, even if you … Read More Here

Starting in 24 hours! The DCR Giveaway Extravaganza!

For those loyal readers who were around last year, you’ll remember the massive Giveaway Extravaganza I launched last year about this time.  Normally when I do a traditional giveaway, I giveaway a single item and the entry period lasts a … Read More Here

Week in Review: June 23rd, 2013

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 New York City Runaround

I flew out to New York late Tuesday night, only in town for a little under 48 hours – just enough for a full slate of work meetings. I ended up swimming on Wednesday at a place just a few … Read More Here

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How to find & create awesome cycling routes in a smarter way

Despite having lived in Paris almost a year now, I’ve rarely cycled outside of my little set of known routes and locales.  Partly because the weather has been so bad this winter that I spent a lot of it on … Read More Here

Week in Review: June 16th, 2013

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

Coming to Paris this summer? Here’s where to swim/bike/run!

This post is a quickie!  More FYI-esque than anything else. I’ve always had a Washington DC resources page that listed all the places I swam/biked/ran within Washington DC including my favorite routes.  It was sorta a one-stop-shop when people asked … Read More Here

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How to download Garmin workouts to your tablet (Android, iPad, Windows Surface)

As it stands today, every GPS device available in the sports and fitness world requires a computer in some capacity.  Whether that be initial configuration of the device, updating of the unit firmware, or downloading of workouts.  Some devices such … Read More Here

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Watching a high-speed bike-sharing police chase, and other weekend updates

Woot, a weekend back home!  The weather up until Sunday was rather warm – about 80*F in fact.  Which meant the crowds have been out in full force.  Here’s what it looked like on Friday night out along the river.  … Read More Here

Week in Review–June 9th, 2013

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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Checking out the Kayak Power Meter system

A couple days ago upon returning from China I got the chance to spend a bit of time checking out a new to the market but not new to the sport ANT+ enabled power meter.  The unit operates on much … Read More Here

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On attempting to do a Beijing Runaround

While I did get a chance to sorta swim in the Olympic Water Cube here in Beijing, I really also wanted to enjoy a few nice runs.  In fact, the day I went swimming the weather was beautiful, and weather-like … Read More Here

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Swimming in the Beijing Olympic Water Cube

After hearing that Beijing was on my work trip itinerary I immediately did a bunch of research to figure out if you could actually swim in the famous Water Cube from the 2008 Beijing Olympics (officially called the National Aquatics … Read More Here

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Week in Review–June 2nd, 2013

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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Tricks to getting suitcases packed and workouts done while travelling

A number of you have asked recently how it is that I pack for work trips when it comes to working (or other sports).  I don’t remember the last time I took a trip and didn’t work out.  It’s just … Read More Here

Week in Review–May 26th, 2013

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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A look at aerotesting with ERO Sports and the Alphamantis System

Upon the conclusion of my Las Vegas trip last month, I took a 40 minute flight over to Long Beach, California (greater LA area) to visit the folks at ERO Sports.  I’ve long followed the Alphamantis work around aerodynamics, and … Read More Here

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How to download free maps to your Garmin Edge 705/800/810

The Garmin Edge series of cycling computers is roughly split into two categories: Those that have a mapping function, and those that don’t.  Mapping in this case means that the units also have routable navigation – just like your car … Read More Here

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A San Francisco Swimming Flight Connection Layover

When I booked this particular flight combination a few weeks ago, I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with the 5 hour layover.  Additionally, I had mentally thought the flight left at noon, rather than 10AM – meaning that I … Read More Here

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Week in Review–May 19th, 2013

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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Incredible deals: Garmin FR910XT for $299, FR310XT for $169, Edge 800 for $229, Ambit for $349

      Let me just put this out up front: This is without question the most significant sports technology gadget sale I’ve seen since starting the blog some 5-6 years ago.  No Thanksgiving Black Friday, Christmas, or Festivus deals … Read More Here

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A look at Wahoo KICKR support on Windows via ANT, and what the rest of the industry is doing

When the Wahoo KICKR was announced last August, it was touted as being open on both Bluetooth Smart as well as ANT+. And in many ways it was. It was controllable via Bluetooth Smart, and apps could (and have been) … Read More Here

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Testing out the Pebble watch with new RunKeeper app integration

When I saw the announcement last week from RunKeeper and Pebble that RunKeeper had released the final non-beta integration with the smart-watch, I was excited to dive into it.  While the Pebble watch was certainly not the first smart watch … Read More Here

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Week in Review–May 12th, 2013

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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A White Asparagus Swim/Bike/Run Weekend

A Warm Friday Evening Parisian Run: The weekend started off with a nice 12-mile run.  Just long-run pace, so nothing too crazy.  This would be the first run with the Bryton Cardio 60 multisport watch that arrived into the Queue. … Read More Here

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Week in Review–May 5th, 2013

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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Training, race sign-ups, getting crapped on, and new product odds and ends

The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur between travel and putting together the Suunto Ambit review.  As such, my usual weekend wrap-ups got slightly side tracked.  So for those that enjoy the non-product review side of … Read More Here

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Week in Review–April 27th, 2013

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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A really cold swim in Seattle

It should first and foremost be pointed out that I don’t particularly enjoy openwater swims where the temperature of the water is colder than that of an iced beverage.  Yet somehow, I keep getting myself into these situations. Obviously the … Read More Here

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Initial thoughts on the newly announced TomTom GPS Triathlon Watch

Preface: This is going to be a super quick post, mainly to stem the sweeping tide of e-mails, tweets, FB messages and smoke signal communications that I’ve received over the last 48-72 hours from folks asking about the new TomTom … Read More Here

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Cycling up (and down twice) the legendary Mount Ventoux

My journey started about 8:30AM from a small hotel in many miles below the peak of Mount Ventoux.  The summit is well known in the Tour de France – and probably has an even more visible reputation than any other … Read More Here

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Week in Review–April 21st, 2013

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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An In-Depth Visit Behind the Scenes at Garmin Headquarters

Before I dive into the main focus of today’s post I just wanted to briefly note how saddened both The Girl and I are over the attacks in Boston on Monday.  I didn’t hear about it until some hours later, … Read More Here

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A rockslide ride in Los Angeles, plus some aerodynamic testing

I arrived into Long Beach (greater LA area) around 7:50AM on Friday, from a week in Las Vegas. First on the agenda was finding Starbucks. With a 5AM departure to the airport, I needed it. Badly. I actually don’t like … Read More Here

Week in Review–April 14th, 2013

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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A recovery week riding and swimming in Vegas

No, not recovery swimming in the gigantic leisure pools here at the hotel.  Rather, swimming laps at the actual municipal city pool.  But before we get to that, I had to get to Las Vegas.  So after running the Paris … Read More Here

Administrivia: Deal on Garmin FR110, update to Clever Training coupon code, and consolidated support page

After running the marathon Sunday, then running straight to the airport Sunday night, then up early again for another long-haul 10hr flight (this) Monday morning, and then doing booth duty for 3hrs upon landing…I’m pooped.  So, we’ll keep this short … Read More Here

Week in Review–April 7th, 2013

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 Easter You Choose The Gadget Giveaway Results!

It’s time to draw the winners of Sunday’s ‘Easter Edition: You win, you choose!’ giveaway. Like last month, I let you choose which device you wanted to win. It’s fully up to you whether you want a cycling or running … Read More Here

A detailed walkthrough of my 4:30AM 90-minute trainer workout

I’m flying at 41,004ft, headed southeasterly over Nahr az Zab, Iraq with a glaringly bright sun shining into the cabin of my very empty airplane.  But this morning certainly didn’t start out in the sun.  Nope, it started out in … Read More Here

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A weekend tapering the run, increasing the bike

This weekend was…well…busy as usual.  With April shaping up to be a bit of a mess travel-wise, I was trying to get as much stuff done as possible before Monday.  Be it spring cleaning, product review shots for later writing … Read More Here

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An Easter You Choose The Gadget Giveaway!

Today’s Easter.  And even if you don’t celebrate Easter, you can instead celebrate the chocolate bunny…or, as is apparently also the case here in France – the chocolate chicken (and, even an odd rash of Chocolate Nemo’s I’ve seen too). … Read More Here

Week in Review–March 30th, 2013

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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A look at the Tour de France photo gallery in the gardens

A few days ago I saw a tweet on the official Tour de France Twitter feed announcing some sort of gallery opening featuring 80 images from years past. After a bit of poking around, I found out that this display … Read More Here

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What it takes to build complex sport technology products from nothing

A number of months ago there was some initial hype around an individual (Keith Wakeham) that’s building a power meter and documenting the progress in weekly blog posts (though lately more frequent).  The current prototypes of his power meter are … Read More Here

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Spring has sprung–and some first thoughts on the Basis watch

Woot!  For a brief moment on Saturday, it was both sorta sunny, and sorta warm.  Which, by my definition means it’s spring. This weekend was crazy busy, but also a nice segue into a semi-normalized triathlon-focused training schedule for me.  … Read More Here

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Week in Review–March 24th, 2013

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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A Dublin Runaround

When I heard that I’d be going to Dublin about 40 hours after arriving back from nice sunny…warm…sunny…warm…did I mention sunny…Australia, there weren’t many positive thoughts in my head.  There’s nothing wrong with Dublin – it’s just that (like my … Read More Here

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The Elusive Non-Gadget Mailbag–March Edition

It’s  been a rather long time since a non-gadget mailbag post – in fact, almost a year!  For those new around here, I used to do both a combined weekly mailbag each week (roughly where my Week in Review post … Read More Here

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Back to running and riding in the rain and cold

My weekend was a bit shorter than most, as I spent the first 30 hours of it working my way home.  I had left Sydney around 3PM on Friday, and with some delays in Hong Kong I didn’t end up … Read More Here

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Week in Review–March 16th, 2013

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 Sydney Swim, Bike and Runaround

I started working my way back home from New Zealand yesterday morning.  Due to the way my airline ticket was, I ended up having a roughly 30 hour layover in Sydney.  So I was determined to take advantage of it.  … Read More Here

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A Wellington (New Zealand) Runaround

Yesterday I spent just a touch over 24 hours in Wellington, New Zealand. After landing into Auckland at 4:45AM from Perth (a miserable time for a redeye flight by the way), I then had a quick connection down to Wellington … Read More Here

An inside look at my bike toolbox

Well, an inside look at my bike cardboard toolbox anyway.  Actually, it’s half split between a cardboard box and a plastic bag from the grocery store.  With a few oft-used items in a 4-cup measuring cup, sorta like how people … Read More Here

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A Rottnest Island Runaround (Western Australia)

I arrived here in Perth, Australia nearly a week ago – and things have been a wee bit busy since then.  As I noted what seems like ages ago, I’m in the midst of a two-week trip down here to … Read More Here

Week in Review–March 9th, 2013

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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Recon Instruments previews cycling heads-up display

Today Recon Instruments gave a small sneak peek  of their upcoming heads up display unit aimed at cycling.  And by ‘small sneak peek’, I mean a single image, with a handful of text.  Perhaps ‘very small sneak peak’ was more … Read More Here

You Win You Choose – Giveaway Winner!

It’s time to draw the winners of last week’s ‘You win, you choose!’ giveaway.  This was the first time I let you pick your own prize, whereby you got to raid the pantry for whichever device you want. The name … Read More Here

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Paris Half-Marathon 2013 Race Report

You know what I appreciate about the Paris Half-Marathon?  It started at 10AM.  Yes, 10AM! That means that we woke up around…ohh…8:15AM, walked a few hundred meters to the Metro, and took a short 11 minute Metro ride to the … Read More Here

Week in Review–March 2nd, 2013

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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You Win–You Choose DC Rainmaker Giveaway!

Because it’s the end of February (already!), and because this month got shorted 2-3 days.  And because I found two cake stands while The Girl was out today and they made pretty holders.  No, I didn’t tie those bows.  Or … Read More Here

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The Great DC Rainmaker 2013 Survey Results!

It’s been about a month since the sorta-annual DC Rainmaker survey opened up. And quite frankly, I was BLOWN AWAY by the response this year.  3,143 of you finished the survey.  And as I promised, I’m going to give you … Read More Here

Week in Review–February 23rd, 2013

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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Garmin adds new Fenix Skiing mode (in beta)

Following in the footsteps of continuing to add features to the Fenix watch (and likewise, what Suunto has done with the Ambit), Garmin quietly posted to their forums a beta version of the Fenix firmware which adds skiing to the … Read More Here

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Garmin gives updated Vector power meter schedule (February 2013)

[Please Note: Garmin Vector has been released, you can see my first look at it here.  In the interest of keeping things clean, I've disabled new comments here, and all comments should head over to that post.  Thanks!] Today, on … Read More Here

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Reminding myself about the nutrition wall…the hard way.

It seems to happen each year around early spring time.  Usually early spring because that’s roughly when my workouts get long enough that I cross over the invisible barrier where I can get away with going low on nutrition.  Typically, … Read More Here

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A weekend cycling around the city multiple times

With my brother still in town after our ski trip, we continued to explore the city a bit.  Of course, no better way than to get him into the kick of the Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday market near our place.  He now fully … Read More Here

Week in Review–February 17th, 2013

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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An epic week skiing in the French Alps

This past week my brother and I have been down in Alpe d’Huez enjoying the fresh powder.  Of course, most folks reading this will recognize Alpe d’Huez as the famous mountain stage in the Tour de France.  That cultural history … Read More Here

A flooded run and some brotherly love with new incoming gear

I arrived back from my US work trip into Paris on Friday evening.  This would give me just about 15 hours until my brother landed here, following me across the pond.  The two of us will be spending the next … Read More Here

Week in Review–February 9th, 2013

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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A weekend building a (cardboard) boat before the Super Bowl

I’ve got meetings this week in Seattle, so Saturday mid-day I packed things up in Paris, connected to a flight in London and flew 9 hours to Seattle.  I love these flights – the early-mid afternoon departures from Europe where … Read More Here

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Week in Review–February 2nd, 2013

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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A Stockholm (Sweden) Runaround

I’ve been in Stockholm for work meetings since very late Sunday night (actually, technically, Monday morning).  My schedule had a 2hr 20min run on the docket, with the flexibility to place that either on Monday or Tuesday, depending on what … Read More Here

Because it’s cold FR910XT Giveaway Winner!

Yes, it’s still cold. And, some 2,500 of you over the weekend shared your running/cycling/swimming/something activities in the cold.  Quite a few entertaining reads in there – I definitely encourage you to scroll through some of them.  Think of it … Read More Here

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Stages Power Meter In-Depth Review

[Please Note: As of June 18th, 2013 I have published an in-depth update for the Stages Power, based on new firmware.  Please see that update post here.  While vast chunks of this review around background/unboxing/etc remain unchanged, I will note … Read More Here

Week in Review–January 26th, 2013

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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Because it’s cold: Garmin FR910XT Giveaway

Tonight (well, last night by time you read this), I was running.  It seems like I’m always running.  It was cold.  Now to think of it, it seems like I’m always running in the cold too. Though not as cold … Read More Here

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Wahoo Fitness KICKR now (sorta) available for pre-order

Today, Wahoo Fitness announced pre-orders for the Wahoo KICKR trainer will begin on January 29th at 12PM Eastern.  This is obviously a fair bit behind the planned schedule of pre-orders in November. The first shipment was confirmed loaded onto the … Read More Here

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The Great DC Rainmaker 2013 Survey!

It’s been nearly two years to the day since I did the last ‘Great DC Rainmaker Survey’ – and thus I think it’s time again to see what you all are thinking.  When I did this last time, I was … Read More Here

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Power2Max Power Meter In-Depth Review

The Power2Max is one of the newest crank-based power meters on the market today.  Its price point is a bit lower than most other crank-based power meters, though, in the same range as rear-hub based power meters.  Since the updated … Read More Here

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A Snowy Parisian Run (and Sledding Into The Water)

It snowed! Well, obviously – otherwise I would have titled it “A not-at-all-snowy Parisian Run” It started snowing Friday  afternoon, and stuck pretty much  immediately.  By mid-day Saturday it took a bit of a break.  So I decided to head … Read More Here

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Week in Review–January 19th, 2013

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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LeMond and the LeMond Revolution Trainer are back in business

Just a quick post, as I’m heads down in a bunch of other items at the moment (including procrastinating going out running 90 minutes in some rather chilly weather). To catch those of you back up – last fall LeMond … Read More Here

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A history of products destroyed in product review testing

As you already know, a lot of products come through my testing ‘lab’.  After my testing is complete and my review is written up these products head back to their respective companies.  Leave no tracks behind and all. But sometimes, … Read More Here

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Running on the Cobbles

Last night while on my long run, I had a fair bit of time to think about cobblestones.  Mostly because I was trying to avoid slipping, tripping or otherwise falling on them.  The snow in my eyes didn’t help.  Where … Read More Here

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Week in Review–January 13th, 2013

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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CES 2013: Health and Activity Monitors–Bringing it back to reality edition

How about them apples? Seriously, that was first thought about seeing the below situation from afar.  The folks at the booth nearby had urged me to go over and try and ascertain what exactly was going on in there.  Given … Read More Here

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Hands on with the new Leikr GPS sports watch

It’s been a touch bit over a week since the Leikr watch launched on Kickstarter.  The Leikr GPS sports watch has become instantly recognizable due to it’s larger full color screen – one that essentially looks like a Motoactv on … Read More Here

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CES 2013: A look at what’s coming to me next week

While it’s always my goal to secures loot and gadgets to take home the week of the convention, sometimes that just doesn’t work out.   The reasons usually vary, sometimes it’s because the company simply doesn’t have enough units on hand … Read More Here

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CES 2013: The Loot I’m Bringing Back

I’ve got 12 minutes until my flights departs here from Vegas to Chicago (and thus onwards to Paris), so this is gonna be super quick.  I’ve got lots more content than this, but I figured people might be interested in … Read More Here

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Friday Photo of the Day: Me featured in a brochure swimming with a floaty duck

Earlier this week a reader sent me over a note letting me know that my favorite friend – Mr. Duck – was featured alongside me in the Polar Bear Plunge brochures that are now found in countless stores around the … Read More Here

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Do you use an app with live tracking in it? Tell me about it!

I’m often asked to do phone app reviews, but as I explain in my FAQ page (which, btw, continues to grow), the rate of change of phone apps makes reviews all but meaningless within days or weeks.  So instead, I … Read More Here

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Headed to CES 2013 next week, what do you want to see/hear about?

Like last year, I’ll be making a quick trip to the Consumer Electronics Show – which is pretty much the super bowl of consumer electronics.  The show is held annually in Las Vegas, usually on the first full non-holiday week … Read More Here

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The Top 10 Sports & Fitness Items You Bought in 2012

As you know, one way you support the site is via Amazon.  I thought it would be kinda fun to share with you a Top 10 list of all the stuff that you picked up during 2012.  It’s an interesting … Read More Here

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Photo of the ride: A…uhh…bullet bike?

Yesterday while out cycling, I was heading home after a loop around Longchamp – a horse race track that hundreds, if not thousands of cyclists flock to. Especially on weekends. As I was coming into the loop, I heard a … Read More Here

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Week in Review–December 29th, 2012

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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Memorable Travel Running, Riding and Swimming Moments of 2012

With only five more days left in 2012 (depending on if you count today), I think I’ve wrapped up my travelling for the year.  As you’ve probably gathered by now – I travel a wee bit for work.  And then … Read More Here

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So you just got a GPS fitness device for Christmas? Start here: 2012 Edition.

Congrats!  So you’ve just unboxed a new GPS watch/device?  Good deal, here’s how you can get started in understanding how best to take advantage of your newfound toy.  Of course, unlike that dessert you’ll eat later on tonight (or, perhaps, … Read More Here

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Quick FYI: Trainers are now within the Product Comparison tool

Just wanted to drop a quick heads up to let folks know that as of this past Friday, trainers are now one of the new categories that you can slice and dice within the Product Comparison Calculator.  This is alongside … Read More Here

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Week in Review–December 22nd, 2012

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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Paris Blog: Getting our Christmas tree home by bicycle

Like the US, Christmas trees are readily available in France.  Be it at just about every corner convenience store or small grocery, or even at gas stations.  Here the trees are a wee bit shorter in general, and a little … Read More Here

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An Istanbul Runaround

While I’ve flown through Istanbul a number of times this year, this would actually be my first trip where I didn’t make an onwards connecting flight.  Albeit true, I was only here about 30 hours.  Still, in between my meetings … Read More Here

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Annual Public Service Announcement: How to fix heart rate strap dropouts/spikes

I just wanted to put out a quick post as a reminder for folks that may be running into heart rate strap spiking or dropout issues with colder/dryer weather.  A dropout is when the strap monitoring your heart rate records/displays … Read More Here

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Week in Review–December 16th, 2012

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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A Vienna Runaround

This was the runaround that almost wasn’t.  But thankfully, the calendar gods parted just enough to squeeze in a run…but only barely. I arrived into Vienna late last night (Wednesday night), and was just here for a couple of meetings … Read More Here

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Polar adds GPS based elevation data to PolarPersonalTrainer.com

Last week, Polar added a small but highly useful checkbox to their website.  In doing so, they in turn added elevation metrics that’s pulled from units that support either integrated GPS, or the GPS pod (such as the RC3, RCX3, … Read More Here

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A day of continuous heart rate monitoring

Last week I had a day trip up to Brussels (Belgium), and I thought it might make for an interesting experiment: All day continuous HR monitoring. Except, unlike such experiments folks have done in the past, I didn’t wear a … Read More Here

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A Monday night Parisian long run and a look at the gear I ran with

Tonight marks the beginning of my official training schedule towards the Paris Marathon with The Girl in April.  Lately, I’ve been free-wheeling it a bit on the training schedule, with both work travel and just getting adjusted to Parisian life … Read More Here

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More trainers, a touch of snow, and a new bike

It’s been just over five months since we moved to Paris, and thus, it’s been just over five months since The Girl last rode her bike.  Due to a issue with the frame near the rear derailleur hanger attachment point … Read More Here

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Week in Review–December 8th, 2012

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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Garmin FR10 Quadruple Giveaway Winners!

Over 1,700 of you entered the FR10 giveaway (including the e-mail Active Duty entrants), which only was open over this past weekend.  Pretty crazy numbers!  I had asked each entrant to simply list their first race of the 2013 season. … Read More Here

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Thoughts on Active.com’s new race insurance policy

Late last week, Active.com announced a new option that will follow along with all the magazines, extra pasta dinner tickets, and random other junk that they offer you at the end of the race registration process. The exception being – … Read More Here

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A perfect example of a creative Suunto Ambit App: Bike Power Meter Display

This past weekend I spent a bit of time poking through all the new apps that have been released onto the Suunto Ambit App zone.  There’s tons of really cool stuff that people are doing – despite the highly limited … Read More Here

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Cookies, Cupcakes, and Ferris Wheels

The weekend started rather early.  About 3AM on Saturday type early.  We, well, The Girl, was participating in an annual holiday event as the American School in Paris – selling cupcakes at their boutique.  In preparing the nearly 300 cupcakes … Read More Here

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Week in Review–December 1st, 2012

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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Garmin Forerunner 10 Quadruple Giveaway

Perhaps you didn’t score big last week on Black Friday, or Cyber Monday with a deal.  Perhaps you were focused on getting the big screen TV or deep fryer.  Maybe you were busy running a turkey trot. Or perhaps, you … Read More Here

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A detailed look at Suunto’s new big Ambit update including App Zone & ANT+

Earlier today Suunto released their 2.0 firmware for their Ambit watch, which has previously been targeted primarily at the hiking and ultra running crowd.  Though this update will move it a long way towards bringing in other segments as well, … Read More Here

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1st Hands-On Ride with Brim Brothers Zone Cleat Based Power Meter

Tonight I had the opportunity to go out for a ride testing out the new Brim Brothers power meter, Zone, which is mounted into the Speedplay cleat baseplate that’s attached to your cycling shoes.  The Brim Brothers Zone has long … Read More Here

Cyber Monday Sports Technology Deals

[Updated Monday, 12:14PM Eastern) We’re going to keep this post quick and short, since all the real goodness from my posting today is over in my Singapore Race Report.  Here’s the new deals for Cyber Monday, as well as the … Read More Here

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Week in Review–November 24th, 2012

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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I’ve got new digs! Check out the new DC Rainmaker site!

Finally!  It’s been a long time coming, with a lot of false starts, but it’s finally here! The new site not only looks fresher, but has some legit useful new functionality in it.  While many of you reading this post … Read More Here

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Black Friday Sports Technology Deals!

[Updated 11/24/2012 1:19AM EST] I just wanted to take a brief moment to highlight some of the sweet Black Friday deals that I’m aware of for the next week or so.  Some of them help support the site, and some … Read More Here

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My 2012 Sports Gadget Recommendations

Each year around this time I put together my recommendations on sports gadgets.  Some consider this a bit of a holiday pick-list, and others just use it the remainder of the winter for determining their spots gadget purchases.  I know … Read More Here

Garmin gives updated Vector pedal schedule & info

[Please Note: Garmin Vector has been released, you can see my first look at it here.  In the interest of keeping things clean, I've disabled new comments here, and all comments should head over to that post.  Thanks!] It seems that … Read More Here

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The Johannesburg (Group DCR) Runaround

Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. After a 10 hour flight from London to South Africa, I found myself presenting and meeting 90 minutes later for nearly 9 hours.  By the time I finished up I was most definitely ready … Read More Here

My 2012 Trainer Recommendations: Early Edition

[Just as a head up: My 2013 recommendations can be found here] In time for the winter season (northern hemisphere), or the bulk of the southern hemisphere training season – I’ve got my full list of trainer recommendations.  Before you … Read More Here

New gadgets delivered via FedEx bike and a hop through Turkey

For the first time since being here in France, I noticed that one of our packages actually came by way of a FedEx bike carrier – which is pretty cool: And the day of delivery was hardly all nice and … Read More Here

Sweet new partnership with Clever Training gets you discounts

Summary: You get a 10% discount on everything that Clever Training sells with discount code DCR10AKG, and free US shipping. I’m pretty excited to announce a new long term DC Rainmaker Partnership.  One that I’m certain will actually bring you real value (simply … Read More Here

The Interbike 2012 Sports Tech Golden Nuggets (with Polar, Garmin, Timex, TrainingPeaks, Metawatch and more…)

There’s a ton of stuff I see each or hear while at Interbike that never makes it to a full scale post.  This year, that’s even more so true with most of the major companies holding back from releasing new … Read More Here

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The Belgium Runaround

Last Thursday I did one of my typical single-day turnaround trips for work.  In the states, these were often done with airplanes.  For example, DC over to Chicago, up to NYC or Boston, down to Charlotte, Raleigh, Florida, and any … Read More Here

StageONE $699 ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart crank-based power meter announced

This morning, Stages Cycling announced a new crank-based power meter, StageONE, which will be available for $699US.  The power meter includes both ANT+ and Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE/BLE/Bluetooth Smart), allowing you to connect to any of the ANT+ power meter … Read More Here

The Girl’s 2012 swim/bike/run gear I use list

Last week I outlined every piece of gear that I regularly use in my day to day training or racing.  Not the stuff that I review for products, but rather, the goods that I always turn back to once the … Read More Here

The 2012 swim/bike/run gear I use list

A few weeks ago a reader reminded me that I hadn’t updated my previous gear list in years.  And while many of the core foundational items haven’t changed a ton – I figured I’d give the most comprehensive and updated … Read More Here

First look at the Kinetic by Kurt $200 Bluetooth Smart inRIDE power meter trainer accessory

NOTE: My full inRide In-Depth Review has been recently posted (click here), with far more detail and analysis than the below post.  Enjoy! This is definitely the week of power meters, and there’s no shortage of new products – for … Read More Here

The update without an update: Garmin Vector Power Meter

[Please Note: Garmin Vector has been released, you can see my first look at it here.  In the interest of keeping things clean, I've disabled new comments here, and all comments should head over to that post.  Thanks!] Over the past … Read More Here

First look at Wahoo Fitness KICKR ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Trainer with power meter

Today Wahoo Fitness unveiled their latest product – a Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ enabled trainer with an integrated power meter.  The trainer will transmit power (watts) and speed information across both protocols, allowing it to bridge the gap between dedicated … Read More Here

First look at the new Polar RC3 GPS–the first integrated GPS watch from Polar

NOTE – Sept 27, 2012: My Full In-Depth Review is now available for the Polar RC3. You can view that here. Today Polar announced their new RC3 integrated GPS watch – the first fully integrated GPS watch coming from Polar.  … Read More Here

Photo of the day: Upside-down Garmin on a Olympic time-trial bike

On Wednesday, while watching the Women’s Olympic time-trial event, I saw a tweet from the guys over at NY Velocity noting that Britain’s 2008 Olympic Silver medalist Emma Pooley had her Garmin Edge 500 oriented in a rather peculiar position.  … Read More Here

A hands-on look at the Mio Alpha strapless optical heart rate watch

NOTE: This product has since been released, and I’ve in turn published a full in-depth review of it here. Late last week I got a chance to try out the new Mio Alpha watch, which is a strapless heart rate … Read More Here

Two quick items of note: Looking for a good vertical bike stand, and Motoactv slashes price $100

Before we get onto the new Alpha watch post here in a few hours, I’ve got two quick items worthy of a separate call out. First item of note: First is that I’ve (well, we’ve) decided we need a vertical … Read More Here

The Bia women’s GPS watch: My detailed thoughts

A couple weeks ago a new entrant to the GPS-enabled sports watch bounced onto the scene via Kickstarter, the Bia watch.  This unit is forthcoming in being targeted and designed directly at women.  So I’m first going to go through … Read More Here

A short update from the land of palm trees

After weeks (heck, over a month) of crazy work related hours and stuffs, I’ve finally got a week to relax.  And relax I shall. Well, mostly relax.  I took with me a huge pile of goods that all arrived in … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Timex Global Trainer

The Timex Global Trainer will easily track you across any sport (or medieval battlefield).  Which is exactly what Mythbusters did last summer.  They combined the unit with knights in shinning armor last summer to measure distance and speed/pace.  How much … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Polar RCX5 with G5 GPS

Are you of the Polar persuasion? Then this watch is definitely your cup of tea (or cup of Gatorade).  It’s their top of the line triathlon watch, complete with the the G5 GPS pod. And, unlike virtually every other watch … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Wahoo BlueHR, Quad Lock Bike Case, iPhone Running Case/Band

Think of this as the ultimate iPhone running kit.  You’ve got the fancy Bluetooth low-energy heart rate strap, then the sweet iPhone Quad Lock case (with all the stuff shown above), and then I’m throwing in a iPhone running case/band.  … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Garmin FR910XT

Here’s your chance to grab a brand new Garmin FR910XT.  As you probably know, the FR910XT can be used across a number of sports.  You could swim effortlessly in a giant vat of beer, compete in tandem mountain bike racing, … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Timex Run Trainer

Sure, any device can track a run for a few hours.  But can your device track a run that’s over a 100 hours long?  Well, the Timex Run Trainer took the cake on the longest running recording battery of any … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza Twofer: Polar RCX3’s

Yup, for this giveaway I’m giving away two separate units out to two winners.  One white edition, one black edition.  Twofer!!! The Polar RCX3 is Polar’s latest slimmed down triathlon and running watch that doesn’t attract much unneeded attention with … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Motorola Motoactv

The Motoactv with its super-crisp display changed the endurance watch game last fall. Like mixing music and running?  Or perhaps even golf and music (yup, it does golf, and cycling, and yoga and…).  In fact, upon further reflection, about the … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Garmin Edge 500

Here’s your chance to grab a brand new Garmin Edge 500.  Being just the weight of a single egg, it won’t require you to cut back on cookies or cupcakes to keep your cycling weight weenie status when you add … Read More Here

Visiting with the folks at Recon Instruments

I’m never one to turn down the opportunity to chat with folks in the sports technology industry about what all of you want in consumer products.  So last Thursday night I made a beeline for the airport, first catching a … Read More Here

Test of the weekend: Battle of the fitness/step monitors

Bonjour! This weekend is more than just two days, for me, I’m making it a four-day affair.  I’m over in Paris for some work related stuff on Friday and Monday, so I decided that given I’ll be doing a ton … Read More Here

Timex Marathon GPS Giveaway!

With less than a week left in May, spring is flying by!  I’ve been trying to plan out weekends for the next two months, coveting a way to spend each weekend day, usually in the great outdoors.  And often based … Read More Here

The Elusive Non-Gadget Weekly Mailbag–April Edition

(Quick Side Note: Regrettably, since I wasn’t in DC on Tuesday, I missed the Space Shuttle fly-by’s – which is a huge bummer since I’m a big space shuttle fan.  However, The Girl was able to sneak out there and … Read More Here

Mailbag, Questions & FAQ open post!

I was sitting down this weekend working through a bunch of unread mail and I realized that there’s lots of interesting tidbits that are probably good FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) items.  Some of them are technology related, some are training … Read More Here

Weekend Wrap-up: TrainerRoad, Cold DC Runs, and more

This past weekend was nice and relaxing.  Just a few big ticket items – but largely just a lot of lounging around, enjoying the couch.  Silly I know, but everything is always go-go-go, so it’s nice to simply just enjoy … Read More Here

My 2012 CES Session at the Digital Health Summit

You may remember from a handful of weeks ago that while I was busy at CES in Las Vegas running around talking with all the latest sports technology folks, I also had the privilege of being the moderator for a … Read More Here

So you just got a Garmin Fitness watch? Start here: 2011 Edition

Last year I put together a post published on Christmas morning for all of those that may have found a Garmin (or similar) fitness watch under the tree.  The goal was simply to provide a comprehensive list of resources to … Read More Here

An In-Depth Swimming Comparison between the Garmin FR910XT and the FINIS Swimsense

Without question, the most common request I get these days related to the FR910XT has been about the swimming pieces. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until just recently that I’ve been able to fully dive into this area.  While the FR910XT’s swimming … Read More Here

My 2011 Sports Technology Recommendations

Last year I put together a GPS recommendations guide in August – which has become the staple of my recommendations around products.  Then in November, I put a different guide together around my recommendations for the holiday. This year, I … Read More Here

The Weekend: Motorola MOTOACTV, Zeo Mobile, Jawbone Up, long battery tests

I didn’t exactly plan on having as many different gadgets arrive this weekend as occurred – it just sorta happened.  But holy cow – there’s some really cool stuff in here!  Like increda-cool. I can’t wait to get full in … Read More Here

Friday Photo of the Day

I had planned to post a Tip of the Day today (though I hadn’t yet decided which of the three different ones I wrote up I’d end up posting).  But then I got some of the official photos back from … Read More Here

A hands-on look at the Sonic Walk Wearable Audio System

Ray’s note: The Girl put this post together, based on her time spent at the Outdoor Demo. Hope you enjoy! During the first few minutes of the outdoor demo on Tuesday I came upon a booth that immediately caught my … Read More Here

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Garmin Vector pedal based power meter

[Please Note: Garmin Vector has been released, you can see my first look at it here.  In the interest of keeping things clean, I've disabled new comments here, and all comments should head over to that post.  Thanks!] Without question the … Read More Here

The reorganized and crazy big travel page!

A couple of weeks ago I had a few minutes while a pot of water was heating up for pasta, so I figured I’d spend maybe 15 minutes cleaning up the travel page and getting a few of my more … Read More Here

Common Question: Why don’t I review ______ ?

I’m often asked when I plan to review a given product, or why I haven’t yet reviewed a given product.  I hinted at this back in January during my ‘Blog: A summary and historical view’ post, which was sorta a … Read More Here

Trip Reports Static Page

I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I do a lot of work travelling, so some of those trips aren’t … Read More Here

Garmin Forerunner 610 May Giveaway

In celebration of summer BBQ season nearly being upon us, it’s time for a giveaway (or BBQ sauce)!  Given how hard to get the new Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS-enabled touch screen watch is, I figure it’s only appropriate that I … Read More Here

The Swim Watch Battle: FINIS Swimsense vs. Swimovate Pool-Mate Pro

Ever since I reviewed the FINIS Swimsense and the Swimovate Pool-Mate Pro a few months ago, there’s been significant interest in understanding how the two devices compare.  The two watches aim to solidify themselves in the still young market of … Read More Here

Week in Review–January 22nd, 2011

I’ve long since wondered what to do with all the random tidbits of things I collect each week – or the little thoughts that don’t quite make for a full post.  But I finally came up with a solution: The … Read More Here

Feeling lucky? Water immersion tests with Garmin Edge and CycleOps Joule cycling computers

I had actually planned a different post for today.  Both actually occurring in water – but with an entirely different product.  However, during the course of the day I was casually e-mailing back and forth with a Garmin support engineer … Read More Here

Quick thoughts on the new Garmin Forerunner 210/410 running watches

Please note: This post was written before I wrote my In Depth FR210 Review – please wander over there for the latest and most comprehensive review. Thanks!   This morning Garmin announced two separate new running watches – the Forerunner … Read More Here

My 2010 Athletic GPS Device Recommendations

Please see my updated 2011 GPS recommendations here. The vast majority of folks who end up here do so in search of one of the many different athletic GPS devices out there on the market.  In most cases, once you’ve … Read More Here

Weekly Mailbag–August 7th, 2010

Here’s this week’s edition of the weekly mailbag.  This is a weekly series where I feature a handful of the e-mailed questions I received from the previous week or so.  I try and pick a wide variety of questions. Some … Read More Here

The right stuff–equipment I use

Back about a month ago I got an e-mail from a reader regarding what equipment I use day to day in training and racing.  I ended up putting together a quick hit-list at the time, but didn’t really do it … Read More Here

Timex Ironman GPS Global Trainer First Look Review

Note: Please see the final Timex Ironman GPS Global Trainer In Depth Review posted here (it’s a whole lot more detailed and in depth, and includes updates and discussions from Timex as well). – Aug 3rd, 2010 The Timex Ironman … Read More Here

Withings WiFi Scale Giveaway

I haven’t done a giveaway on the blog yet up until this point mostly because I’m sorta selective.  I want giveaways to be big, meaningful and useful to ya’ll.  Oh, and kick-ass.  None of this half-eaten gel pack that I … Read More Here

Weekly Mailbag–May 22nd, 2010

Here’s this week’s edition of the weekly mailbag.  This is a weekly series where I feature a handful of the e-mailed questions I received from the previous week or so.  I try and pick a wide variety of questions. Some … Read More Here

Garmin Forerunner 110 – First Look Review

You may have noticed earlier today that Garmin announced via press release their latest GPS watch – the Forerunner 110.  Given I get a lot of questions about their new watches when they come out, I figured I’d get ahead … Read More Here

The 25 Most Informative Posts I’ve Written

It turns our I’ve written a fair bit of stuff over the past few years – some 476 posts (477 if you count this!).  And after it disappears from my front page, a lot of it never really sees the … Read More Here

Two cages down

One of the items that makes a cycling power meter so useful as a training tool is it allows you to make objective statements about how your training is going – regardless of how things like weather or terrain may … Read More Here

My sports technology ‘predictions’ for 2010

It’s no secret that I enjoy gadgets, and in particular sports related gizmos.  This interest probably comes from my day job in designing technology stuffs.  I simply enjoy understanding how things work, and what might come next.  Now, because of … Read More Here

Days 7 & 8: A Bali Triathlon

Welcome back to the final installment of the Bali portion of the trip. Over the past 5 or so days in Bali we’ve been able to patch together a bit of a Balinese Triathlon of sorts, combining two traditional triathlon … Read More Here

I’m no longer a girl, I’m now a male!

As some long time readers may remember, back a while ago I stumbled upon a little snafu where the US Government (in particular, the Social Security Administration) thought I was female. It all bubbled to the surface two summers ago … Read More Here

The Boston Marathon: The Expo

Ok sports fans, I’ve got less than 12 hours to the race, so this one will be quick.  First off, the city is completely COVERED in Boston Marathon stuff.  The subways, roads, signs – EVERYTHING.  Here’s inside one of the … Read More Here

Readjusting

It wasn’t actually the time zone shift with the trip that hosed things up for me.  But rather, the work hours in the week leading up to the trip, and then the work hours post trip.  This gummy bear was … Read More Here

Mama said there’d be days like this

Well no, actually, she didn’t.  She didn’t mention anything about these days.  This was definitely not on the talking points list anywhere in my childhood. After 4.5 hours of sleep after working past midnight, it was up at 5:50AM to … Read More Here

Swimming in the Potomac

I’ve been meaning to post this forever, mostly cause I have these totally awesome photos sitting in a folder. As some of you may know – you’re not allowed to swim in the Potomac river in the waters of the … Read More Here

Pre-Race Weekend Update

Since I only have a few minute before I have to head to bed, this will be mostly a pictorial.  First swim wave is at 6:00AM – YIKES!.  Which means I’m up at something like 4AM.  Ugh! Friday: Went down … Read More Here

Pain, Noodles, Less Pain, Bike Bunnies

I semi-intended on writing a blog post up Friday afternoon about one thing.  And then I planned to do it Friday night.  And then Saturday I had a different one planned, and then I realized I spent every waking second … Read More Here

Wanted: Open water swim places in WashDC

When I did my first tri earlier this summer it was clear that I didn’t do enough open water swimming beforehand. By enough I mean ‘more than a few laps’ between two docks. Actually to be fair to myself, I … Read More Here

Need to find a pool while traveling? Check out Swimmers Guide

A few months ago while traveling I was trying to find information about local lap pools.  While most of the country/city pools tend to have web sites, many times they don’t have particularly useful information (such as lap times, etc..).  … Read More Here

About me

Hello! Thanks for stopping by (or re-stopping by)!  I just wanted to give you a little background on who I am, and what this blog’s all about.  I’m just a triathlete and runner like you:  I run, I bike, and … Read More Here

How To Guides & Tips

Note: This page has been moved to here.  Please see the latest page with all the goods there!  Thanks!  Trust me, it’s worth the clickage! I enjoy explaining new things to folks – especially showing people how to get the … Read More Here

Trip Reports (kinda like Race Reports)

I’ve re-arranged a wee bit – check out the new travel page here!  Sorry ’bout that!

Past Header Images

Starting this past April, roughly every week I’ll be changing out the header image on my blog to reflect something that happened in the past week – either in training or just in general in my life.  Here’s a quick … Read More Here

Photography

I like taking lots of photos, and I get a lot of questions on the gear I use – both for everyday photos for the blog, as well as on trips.  So here’s the complete rundown. Cameras First up are … Read More Here