Heads-up: Huge Sports Tech Sale Underway – 20% Off All Smart Trainers!
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.
Earlier in the week a few friends (almost all simultaneously) shot me an e-mail about an upcoming ‘run’ around the Capitol building here in DC. Except, unlike most running events that round the rotunda, this particular one lacked one key aspect – clothing. Well, the majority of clothing anyways…
So a group of friends and I showed up shortly before 2PM (finally, a reasonable start time for a running race…brilliant!) at a local bar (again, another moment of brilliance!) near the capitol.
Inside the bar, over 400 folks were stripping down to their favorite bedroom garments and preparing for the almost 2-mile run. Though the crowd soon spilled outside where there was quite a bit of local media waiting, enjoying taking pictures of the athletes. I’m guessing it sure beat taking pictures of snowplows…
A few minutes later the organizers gave a brief speech about the purpose of the run – to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation – as well as some information about the route.
And without too much more fanfare, we were off…in a very very very long single file line. The snow banks meant it was single track for much of the initial stretch, before we got to the wider (and better plowed) sidewalks on the Capitol grounds.
Here we are heading down the south side of the Capitol:
We rounded the front of the Capitol grounds and many folks paused to take photos – because there’s nothing more picturesque than a group of folks in underwear standing in front of the Capitol of the United States of America. Plenty of locals and tourists stopped to watch the parade stream by, along with the US Capitol Police enjoying the spectacle as well.
(That’s me…and my totally awesome smurf valentine’s boxers I found at Target.)
Despite the freezing temperatures, some folks were simply not content with merely running almost-naked for two miles. They wanted to take it to the next level. The pinnacle. The capital of cold…you could say. So they did the only thing they could (well, actually, there’s another thing that they could do…but that would probably get them arrested)…snow angels:
Speaking of hardcore…One area that clearly separated the runners from the runners was the hill heading up the side of the capitol. It’s one of the steepest little jaunts you can run up in the city, and it never disappoints in slowing down the competition. We dominated it.
After cresting the hill we headed back on the home stretch paralleling the back of the capitol…
…and wandering past the US Supreme Court building. Rob took that opportunity to ponder a bit of the historical significance of the moment.
Not long later we were within sight of the finish line (the bar of course!) – but some folks were still looking for their valentine:
Everyone else meanwhile was simply looking for the warmth of the bar…
After all, it’s not every day you walk into a bar and see sights like this:
(Btw, there’s a few more pictures inside the bar from this article as well…)
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.
You'll support the site, and get ad-free DCR! Plus, you'll be more awesome. Click above for all the details. Oh, and you can sign-up for the newsletter here!
Here’s how to save!
Wanna save some cash and support the site? You have two options. The first is to use Clever Training with either the coupon code (DCR10BTF) or the VIP program. Both save 10%, see details by clicking below:
In the UK/EU/Australia/New Zealand? Then hit up Wiggle at the link below!
Alternatively, for everything else on the planet, simply buy your goods from Amazon via the link below and I get a tiny bit back. No cost to you, easy as pie!
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.