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.
You know, with all this snow around the place this time of year, now would be an ideal time to remind you of the most critical events on my 2011 ‘Race’ Calendar.
Well, actually, at the moment – about the only confirmed event on my Race Calendar.
But those are just details…
As you may remember, last year I took part in two different nearly unclothed cold weather ventures (fully legal I might point out). Both required more brawns than brains, and actually – neither really required much brawn – just a lot of dumb.
The first, was the Polar Bear Plunge. Now, originally this was scheduled to be a massive multi-thousand person event, but due to last year’s Washington DC Blizzard (Part II), this got cancelled as we arrived at the beach. No fear, Rob and I made up for it, found some sketchy stream, and did our own plunge.
Just because I realize there’s some new folks around these parts – I offer you the opportunity to relive it:
Above: Probably the most amusing video ever posted to the blog.
I will now point out that despite having grown up ski racing 4+ days a week in the mountains in some rather cold temperatures, the above video was without question the coldest and most painfully cold moment of my life. I’m pretty sure if Rob and I were of opposite genders, we may have used each other for body warmth in the car. Thankfully, we did not.
This was part of the Cupid’s Undies run, which like the Polar Bear plunge raises money for good causes. And in the case of the Cupid Run, it was much less painful…since it didn’t involve any frozen or slushy like water. Just a pair of Smurf boxers. Yes, from Target.
I’d managed to clear my schedule for these two dates, and was planning on being there at both events. I leave the day after the Plunge for an international trip, and come back just before Cupid – perfectly bookended! Except, Cupid sold out yesterday…so, down to just the Plunge.
Now – you can join me and The Girl (yes, she doesn’t know it yet), as well as Rob (he also doesn’t know it yet – actually, he sent me a Christmas Card I just got in the mail yesterday noting how he doesn’t plan to run it…he’s wrong though), and probably a few others you see on the blog. We’ll all be out there freezing.
And, if you don’t live in the greater Washington DC area, you can either join in the fun with one of the many different options out there for similar fund-raising events, or – you can simply donate to either one of these two here in DC.
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.