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There’s a massive sales on smart cycling trainers right now, plus plenty other sports tech. There’s 20% off the Wahoo KICKR, KICKR CORE, CLIMB, Headwind, 20% off the Tacx NEO 2T, Flux 2, and Flux S, 20% off Saris Hammer 3 trainer and Saris MP1 Motion Platform. Plus also 20% off the Elite Direto X and Suito too, even the new Sterzo. Plus even steeper deals including with the Kinetic trainers at 30% off.
Within the small circle of friends that I run with on a regular basis we often joke about committing a ‘fail’ – as epitomized on the fail blog via the Failboat. While I personally manage many fails on a daily basis – one of my more recent fails was the laptop on the car thing back a few months ago. When the opportunity came up though for our small group of friends to run together for fun as a team in a local 5K event – we rallied behind the fail boat.
We decided on the name as pictured above and got most everyone registered. Of course, true to our name – some people bailed at the last minute, some moved to Germany, and others forgot to register. In order to really bring collective fail together, we designed t-shirts. Well, someone with more artistic skills than I designed the shirts – and then I worked to get them ‘re-mastered’ in digital form and ordered on Dry-Tech style shirts.
(Side note: I used CustomInk.com for the first time – which it turns out is a local DC place. I was BLOWN AWAY by how quick and friendly they were (a human responded to my e-mails in a matter of minutes!). And the shirts arrived just a few days later ahead of the guaranteed date. I’d HIGHLY recommend them for custom shirts.)
Anyway, come race day all of us were doing a long run beforehand. So this was just a ‘for fun’ thing – and for a good cause too – assisting in the rebuilding efforts from Katrina. We all ran at least 10 miles before hand on a rather hilly course. And some were running up to 20 in total that morning. So no records or PR’s were aimed to be set.
We approached the starting line, with a group of four of us attempting to see if we (in our gimp state) could still hold down the fort and take top team honors (aside from the one ‘Pro’ team). The team standings were chosen based on the four fastest times in the team, one of which must be a female.
Off we went. I just settled into a nice upper 6 minute/mile pace and then held steady until about the 1 mile marker before slowly descending the pace down into the lower 6’s. I ended up finishing in 20:54, but again – I wasn’t out to race, just simply have fun with a group of folks.
(A photo somewhere around mile 2 I think)
In true Failboat style, we didn’t take the win. We came in second. Had all four of us that led actually ‘raced’ the race instead of casually running it (after a long run), we would have won. Next year… we’re going down! I mean…umm…they’re going down! Yeah – take that ABT ASSOCIATES!
Oh, one last thing. They had mini Tabasco bottles at the finishers food tent. To compliment oranges, granola and Hi-C juice cartoons. Kinda odd ehh?
I swim, bike and run. Then, I come here and write about my adventures. It’s as simple as that. Most of the time. If you’re new around these parts, here’s the long version of my story.
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You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
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’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.