Week in Review–Nov 27th, 2010

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 over on Slowtwitch.  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.  I did a bit of a quick-fire version this wee, so lots of quick Q & A’s.  And here’s the topics I covered:

1) Recommendation for Mac-friendly Website for managing workout data
2) Is the Forerunner 305 being discontinued
3) Which slim GPS watch to get
4) Garmin Training Center or Garmin Connect
5) Garmin Forerunner 210 Molded Band

You can read all my past weekly mailbags at Slowtwitch here.  Or the pre-Slowtwitch days here.

Posts this past week:
It continues to be busy for me, as I’ve bounced from nearly two weeks in Asia.  Busy Busy Bumble Bee!  But all the plane flights have afforded me time to just keep barely ahead and keep on posting.  Responding to e-mails…umm…not as quick.  Sorry!

In case you missed anything from the past 7 days, here ya have it.

Saturday:  Week in Review – November 13th, 2010
Monday: A weekend in Vietnam
Tuesday: Garmin plans to keep on selling FR305
Wednesday: How calorie measurement works on your Garmin fitness device
Wednesday: Guest post for Onlineshoes.com
Thursday: A very short stay in Bangkok
Saturday: Guest Post – Cold Turkey: Tour De Cleveland

Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs: 
As always, here’s a sampler platter of some of the interesting articles and posts I found around the Internet this week.

#1) In depth Lance Armstrong case article – this is a great article that delves into the discussion of if and whether to charge folks around Lance with doping related charges.  Talks to many of the issues at play.  Highly recommend it regardless of where you sit on the issue.

#2) REI Sale on 310XT They’ve got them down to $299 including the heart rate strap (normally $399) – pretty solid price.  Of course, with the various Black Friday deals over the next few days, keep your eyes pealed (I’m posting all Sports Technology ones I see via Twitter).  Oh, and I just added an affiliate with REI as well – so you can support the blog via the link there as well.  And yes, it’s still my favorite sports watch out there (for the curious amongst you…).

#3) Swimsense ready for shipping – I’ve talked a bit about this product (downloadable and updateable pool watch) in the past and had some good discussions with it’s founder.  They’re ready to ship next week, and I should have a review unit by then.  Look for a review/my thoughts shortly thereafter.

#4) Withings releases Android Beta App – Ya’all know that the Withings Scale is my favorite of the bunch (due to WiFi connectivity).  They already have an iPhone app, but have added an Android one to the mix now.

#5) Time for Chrissie Wellington to take on the best?  An interesting perspective from one of the sports best male athletes…Simon Whitfield.

Random Notes

As you probably know by now, I’m still travelling for a bit longer.  In India at the moment looking for the elusive tiger (well, largely to us anyway…).  Look for a couple of India travel related posts to be next out of the chute!  I’ve been posting plenty of random travel updates to ‘The Twitter’ as well of course.

That’s it! Have a good remainder of your holiday weekend!


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  1. Man you get around!!!!!

  2. Hi Ray,

    I was wondering if you have any thoughts on Garmin Connect moving away from Google Maps to Bing Maps. There seems to be a massive backlash against the move, especially by people outside the US (like me), where the maps are missing towns, roads, bridges, tunnels, lakes, trails, etc. Those things are generally considered quite useful on a map.

    If you did any running on your recent trips to Vietnam, Thailand, or India you can probably do a comparison between Bing Maps and Google Maps to see what I am talking about.

    So far Garmin are giving out no information, and a lot of people seem as angry at the lack of information as anything else.