Week in Review–December 4th, 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:
This past week wasn’t too good for me as I was either sick or working (somehow being sick doesn’t preclude working), so Slowtwitch will return next week.

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

Posts this past week:
A pretty quiet week around DCRainmaker – but in case you missed anything from the past 7 days, here ya have it.

Saturday: Guest Post – Cold Turkey: Tour De Cleveland
Saturday: Week in Review – November 27th, 2010
Sunday: India Part 1: “For some things, there are no explanations”
Monday: India Part II: Crouching Tiger
Tuesday: 2010 Athlete Holiday Gadget Gift Guide
Friday: ZEO, Fitbit, and other tidbits

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) Interesting perspectives from American rookie pro at IM Australia – A co-worker of mine that’s become a pro IM athlete recently.  Posted to a friends blog, she also offers some general thoughts from her trip – leading up to this weekends race.  Hilariously entertaining stuff.

#2) Remember to set your Tivo for Kona!  Yup, mark your calendar with December 18th – as that’s the date that the 2010 Kona Ironman World Championships will be on TV.  Just keep in mind while watching that while the event is produced by NBC, the timeslot is paid for akin to how an infomercial is paid for.  I still enjoy it though.

#3) Google Adds Canadian Bike Routing – This is a good little post from the Google Maps team talking about them adding in bike routing to maps for Canada.  Sweet!

#4) Op-Ed post about wearing Boston Marathon clothing…without running Boston – I find this post interesting because I recently stumbled on someone who actually was wearing Boston Marathon clothing…but hadn’t run Boston.  All I can be is confused.

#5) Rev3 adds West Coast Race – Portland! Cool to see Rev3 expanding out to the West Coast with this new half-iron race.

Random Notes

Golden Cheetah 2.0 Released

This release adds a crapton of features (that’s what we call it in the software biz – a crapton).  While Golden Cheetah is primarily targeted at cyclists, the free fitness data tracking program also works well for triathletes.  Here’s a list of everything added in 2.0:

New Features
View ride in Google Maps
Long Term Metrics
User configurable ride metadata
Ride editor and tools
HR Zones and TRIMP Metrics
Twitter support

Updates to French translation
Japanese translation

New Logo and Icons
Golden Cheetah Logo

Enhanced Ride Plot
Ride plot stacked view
Scrolling Ride Plot

New Devices and File Formats Supported
Support for Joule BIN File Format
Tacx CAF Ride File Format Support
Garmin FIT ride file support
Export to Google Earth 5.2 KML
Training Peaks PWX ride file support
Polar SRD ride file support
Racermate CompCS/Ergvideo .TXT ride file support

Woah!  I’m exhausted just typing all that out!

(Ok, I didn’t type it…I copied/pasted…I’m lazy that way)

I’ll probably put together an overview post at some point in the semi-near future showing of some of the cooler features.


That’s it! Have a good holiday weekend!


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