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.
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 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, 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:
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) Slowtwitch article on big race companies (Lifetime fitness) – I thought this was a pretty interesting analysis of how races gobble each other up and how they grow. I think there’s still incredible growth potential out there, and this article does a good job at outlining the big players out there and what they have to do to stay in the game.
2) Cervelo pulling out of online dealers – in short, if you want to buy a Cervelo, you’re now going to have to go through a brick and mortar store. Of course, this was under the guise of ‘best way to ensure a high quality customer experience’, but the real reason is that dealers complained to Cervelo about online shops undercutting prices…umm…welcome to the Internet.
3) WCS races skipping North America – ITU has released their 2011 World Championship Series schedule, which unfortunately doesn’t include any North American races. It continues to be heavily European focused, which while great for Europeans…doesn’t do much to help the sport for those on this side of the pond.
4) Garmin’s new Chirp ANT+ device – This little foot-pod looking item is used in geocaching…but I think it could have a lot more uses in sports. I picked one up today at REI (they’re only $19) – and have a post planned for early next week with all sorts of fun and goodness.
Random Item #1: Suunto GPS Running Units
I don’t have a Suunto GPS running unit for the sole reason that I think having a separate GPS pod from the main device is silly. The GPS chipsets used in today’s units are incredibly tiny – and there’s no real reason to have an ancillary device outside the watch (I’ve been meaning to take one apart and do a tour of one some day…).
I’ve had a bit of feedback that you’ve enjoyed the handful of Guest Posts that I did in the past with folks on specific topics that they are familiar with. I’ve also had some requests to submit guest posts to the blog.
I’m very interested in having guest posters who are extremely knowledgeable in their topic area and can write in depth on a given topic in a way that relates well to both people unfamiliar with the topic, but also regulars to the topic. You don’t have to have a blog or a site, just a well informed opinion on a given topic that’s not published elsewhere.
My general criteria is roughly the following:
1) Is this post applicable to my little slice of the world (dcrainmaker.com), focusing on endurance sports and/or sport technology? 2) Is the post inline with the level of depth and information that I routinely share? 3) Did the guest poster send the prerequisite cookies and cupcakes? 4) Are there photos/pictures/diagrams/etc to help illustrate the point? 5) Does the guest poster have credible knowledge on the topic? 6) Does the post contain some humor (or potentially…all humor)? 7) Does/will the post consider all viewpoints and explain them (if applicable)? 8) Is the post well written?
Also, I’m not opposed to members of industry guest posting on a topic assuming it’s not specifically promoting their product. For example, if someone wanted to do a “Behind the scenes on building device XYZ, from manufacturing to a store near you”, I’d be open to that. But I wouldn’t be open to “10 Reasons why you should train with device XYZ”. If you’re an industry member, see the middle of this post for more information on how I work with ya.
Finally, if you’re interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail either before you start writing (so you don’t spend time writing on a topic that I may already have a draft/outline completed on).
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.