Heads up! Massive Sale on Garmin, Suunto, Polar, Trainers and more! There’s two huge sales going on – first is a major Garmin sale, including $100 off new Forerunner 945 and $150 off the Fenix 5 Plus. Along with the Varia Radar, Garmin Edge 130 & 1030, and plenty more.
Plus there’s the big semi-annual 20% off sale, with virtually all major trainers and power meters included. Wahoo KICKR’s, Tacx NEO’s, Elite Direto’s and Suito’s, Saris H3, Kinetic, R1 4iiii Fliiiight, Stages, and many more. Not to mention the GPS units from Garmin, Polar, COROS, Lezyne, Suunto, Apple and others.
If you’ve been around these parts long enough, you know I like sharks. Really any type of shark…but generally the bigger the better. Thus, this week on the trainer has been full of Shark Week action:
So much so that I’ll travel to the complete opposite side of the world for them. Not sure what I mean? Well, here’s a quick gallery of shark pictures I’ve taken during trips over the past few years.
(Yes, that is indeed a Garmin 310XT on my wrist…just feet away from a Great White)
Now – I mentioned during the above posts last year that they were filming during my week long Great White trip a few hundred miles off the coast of Mexico. It made for a great time, especially getting to know all the really smart underwater folks onboard – everyone from video and photo folks, to biologists. Really smart dudes (probably my favorite series I’ve written in 3 years btw, just start here).
This means my name might actually now migrate into US IMDB…which would be uber-cool.
Now, one of the major goals behind this particular production was to try and swing some of the shark media coverage back from the “Thou shall always die if they bump into a shark” back to a more reasonable “Here’s why these creatures are so important”. As such, they take a bit of a different twist on the traditional Shark Week-esque theme and promote education, while in a slightly tweaked docu-drama format. It’s an interesting twist, and I’m eager to see it hopefully continue.
But…back to me. You can spot me here and there throughout the movie as an extra of sorts (well, technically as a ‘Diver’). It sounds much more official when you put ‘Diver’ in front of my name. Like ‘Key Grip’, or something. Though only clearly more important. I feel the multiple shots of the back of my head really adds depth to the movie that otherwise wouldn’t be there.
It is interesting to see how much footage from the trip made the film, versus how much they shot (days upon days of footage out there). Amazing how little actually makes the cut. You have to remember we were on a boat for a week, with multiple camera crews, and them virtually constantly shooting. Yet, net resultant is just a 30 minute program. Still cool though.
If you’ve been watching Shark Week this week you might think that if you simply step foot in the water, a multitude of sharks will swarm you like triathletes to a buffet table. Of course, you and I know this is untrue – otherwise our swim leg would be rather short (or stumped…).
(A picture I took at the swim start of a triathlon in California three years ago)
That said – in an effort to bring this back around to triathlon related stuff…it’s always important to understand what we as frequent open water swimmers can do to minimize the already minuscule chance of an attack. Unfortunately, as you go through this list – you’ll probably note that both you and I routinely break these rules, nonetheless – it’s always good to be aware. And remember – we aren’t a natural food choice for them – so any bite is generally just ‘curiosity’. Thus the name of the game is ensuring that a shark clearly understands you aren’t a baby seal. Here’s the Top Five:
1) Avoid swimming in the ocean near where a river exits 2) Avoid dawn and dusk, as it’s much more difficult for sharks to make out what you are 3) Avoid murky water – which again makes it more difficult for sharks to play food or friend 4) Avoid swimming solo – not only does this make you more appealing as being isolated, but also reduces your survival odds if something happens 5) Avoid areas frequented by fisherman or where fish parts could be floating/simmering
And here’s a really good full list of more ways you can reduce your risk. But again, the number of attacks on humans is incredibly low – and even lower for triathletes. They prefer meatier folk…
So with that – enjoy the rest of Shark Week – and don’t read too much into the hype!
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 2018 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.