Week in Review–September 18th, 2010

image_thumb4I’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 Week in Review Post.  This takes the place of my Weekly Mailbag – which is now over on Slowtwich.  These are just quick snippets of things that I’ve found interesting.  Nice and easy Saturday reading.  Plus, a recap of my Weekly Mailbag post a well.

So with that, let’s get into the action!

Weekly Mailbag Over at Slowtwitch.com:
If you’re looking for your usual Saturday fix of the Weekly Mailbag, remember it’s chillin’ over at Slowtwitch (and published a few days earlier).  You can read the full meal deal here, and here’s the topics covered:

1) Vector from Metrigear Status?
2) New version of Garmin 310XT?
3) Wearing the Heart Rate strap in the water during a race? 
4) How far does ANT+ signal go?

Posts this past week:
Here’s a quick recap of all the posts I published this past week, just in case you missed any of the action.  If I had to pick my favorite, it’d be the CompuTrainer…just cause it’s all about combing training with technology and a wee bit of style.  And given I’m not normally stylish per se, I enjoy the opportunities where I can be.

Saturday: Week in Review – September 11th, 2010
Monday: Man Overboard!
Tuesday:  The New (CompuTrainer) Training Room
Wednesday: Getting Set For Interbike!
Thursday: Sport Tracks 3.0 Upgrade Review
Friday: A short trip to the Big Easy…with a side of Memphis BBQ

Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:
I browse tons, and I mean TONS of stuff each week.  But I found the following stories, discussions or links particularly interesting – or exceedingly good at burning lots of time.  Enjoy!

1) Brim Brothers Power Meter Update You may remember me talking about them in the past. They’ve been a bit quiet the last few months, but posted a short update on their blog earlier this week.  Also, I’ve got an interview scheduled with Barry Brim mid-week down in Vegas at Interbike – so look for more info then as well.

2) Training Peaks adds a bunch of social media stuffs – In the event you want to Tweet, FaceBook or e-mail your uploaded TP workout (Training Peaks, not Toilet Paper) – you’ve now got the power to do so.

3) Race Across the Sky 2010 – If you saw last year’s epic movie about the equally epic Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race, then you should be looking forward to this years edition.  While I could link directly to the trailer – instead, I’ll float ya off to Fatcyclist, who has an entertaining story about the movie (along with the trailer).

4) Women’s Bike Mount Line at London ITU Event – If you ever watched an ITU event in person, you’ll be amazed not only at how good the flying mounts/dismounts are…but also at how many of them actually don’t quite work out.  This link includes a 90 second video showing a rather rough T1 this past year in London – with a large number of the females getting personal with the ground. For more ITU action, read my post from last year’s ITU race in Washington DC…where I also had a chance to see T1 for the women’s field in person.

5) Infinite Nutrition looking for creative solutions after getting kicked out of Ironman Events – I’ve actually used Infinite in the past, but stopped simply because I ended up cookie tossing more often than not during races.  That aside, due to a contract change moving to Gatorade for all WTC/Ironman events, they’ve actually been kicked out of all Ironman Expo’s as well.  They’re looking for a creative way to their brand message out at Kona and appealed to a forum for answers.  The only reason I find this thread interesting, is because some of the ideas are pretty entertaining.  And there’s like 10 pages of funny ideas.

Random Item #1


I’m excited…I got’s myself business cards for DCRainmaker!  While I have regular work business cards, I honestly rarely use them despite meeting new people every day in new cities.  Most of my work is with people who already have my contact info and know how to find me electronically.  Whereas at Interbike, I’m meeting people in the middle of a desert – it’s entirely possible electricity hasn’t been invented there yet.  Gotta be prepared!

Speaking of deserts– holy crap it’s gonna be hot!  Flirting with 100*F at times.  That’s gonna make next weekend’s Las Vegas Triathlon a bit rough…at least I have a week to acclimate.


Random Item #2

Since some folks have been asking about me testing out the Joule power meter.  I’ve worked with Saris and will have a Joule and PowerTap to do a full review on once I get back from some upcoming travel to Interbike and few other other places.  So roughly starting in early October.  I’m looking forward to it.

Enjoy your weekend!

So with that, enjoy your weekend!  I’ll be in Seattle this weekend, and competing the Kirkland Triathlon (Sprint) this morning.  Should be a blast, and by time you read this – I’ll probably be done.  But, check out Twitter for the latest on how it went.

Thanks for reading!


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