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. You can read it here. And here’s the topics I covered this week are:
1) CompuTrainer and Tires 2) ANT+ Gym Equipment 3) ‘Main 1 & 2’ Data Pages on Garmin units
Posts this past week: In case you missed anything from the past 7 days, here ya have it. Lots of good stuff this past week (well, I think it’s good anyway…), including the highly commented on Boston Marathon post, a whole pile of good ideas being tossed around in the comments section there:
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) Digifit ANT+ iPhone Dongle for $15: I saw this recently but originally the way it was worded made me think I had to spend $70. Turns out, it’s just $15! For that price you get the ANT+ dongle that allows you to use Digifit with ANT+ accessories (similar to the Wahoo iPhone Dongle). Note that it’s only good with the Digifit software however. I ordered one and will let ya know how it works out, but for $15…you can’t really go wrong.
2) Beware of wearing ‘Skimpy clothing’ when working out in DC: This funny story from a local news blog around here talks about how some folks are upset because occasionally women leave a local gym and go running outside (GASP!) with normal running attire. And they complain that they can see people working out inside the gym…from outside. Oh the horror! But…the PDF with the actual complaints takes it to a whole new level of entertaining. P.S. – Don’t forget to read the comments in that original post/story.
4)Africa Bike Relief Program by Jordan Rapp (Rappstar): For the second year now, Pro Triathlete Jordan Rapp is running a program that hopes to raise $25,000 for bikes in Africa. If you’ve read some of my past posts from my various Africa trips, you’ll note how important bikes are in rural areas. So this is a great opportunity to help out a good cause. Jordan is also donating 10% of his winnings of the upcoming Ironman Arizona to the cause as well. Further adding to the pot is a prize-loaded giveaways for folks who donate in multiples of $134 (cost of the bike) – crazy amazing prizes too, full Zipp wheel sets, Quarq Cinqo’s and tons of other awesome stuff. Head on over and help out a good cause.
Random Item: Army 10 Miler on Sunday
For those of you in the Army 10-miler on Sunday – good luck! You may remember my post last year, which in particular included my first attempt at time-lapse photography, creating the below video showing from start to finish the Army 10 Miler runners going by (YouTube alternate here).
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 2021 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 Gear Guide too.