Week in Review–February 20th, 2011


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:   
Back into the flow of things over to Slowtwitch this week with a good assortment of new topics, check it out.

1) How to deal with CompuTrainer HR Monitor Dropouts
2) Best books to train by HR?
3) Using the FR310XT for all three legs of a triathlon

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

Posts this past week:  
A wide variety of posts this week covering quite a range of stuff.  Here’s what landed on the page:

Saturday: Week in Review – Feb 13th, 2011
Monday Morning: Enjoying a weekend back in the country
Monday Evening: Boston Marathon Entry Giveaway Results
Tuesday: My 2011 Season Race Schedule
Thursday: Thoughts on the new Boston Marathon Qualifying Schedule
Friday: Friday Training and Travelling Tidbits

Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:  
Here’s a small smattering of links I found interesting this week:

1) Cyclist Fends off leopard attack with mountain bike: Sometimes luck just doesn’t run your way.  No worries, simply use your bike to defend yourself.

2) Wonder what it’s like to be Lance Armstrong’s bike mechanic?  Regardless of where you stand on Lance, this is a pretty interesting article talking about some of the things he prefers when it comes to bike perfection.

3) Garmin Releases Basecamp Desktop software into Apple Mac Store: In what might be Garmin’s first foray into the iTunes store for desktop computers (as opposed to iPhones/iPods), Garmin releases Basecamp, which you can use to load satellite maps into devices such as the Edge 800.

4) FitBit releases development API: I’m still loving the little FitBit I bought back last summer, even though I haven’t written a review up on it yet.  Nonetheless, they’ve gone out and released a development API, allowing others to integrate with it.

5) Chart of US Fitness Activity Levels by County: This incredible chart shows just how much (or little) certain regions of the country workout.  Really amazing.  (via Frayed Laces, but original here)

6) Macca aims for 2012 Olympics: Even if you might of heard the news elsewhere, this is the original forum post he made proclaiming it – interesting stuff.


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  1. Can I use Garmin BaseCamp with my Edge 500? What exactly would it do for me?

  2. My roommate just started a bike ride from Ethiopia to Namibia so I just sent her that link about the leopard. That’s nuts!

  3. Do you know when the Garmin’s Basecamp could be available in the US? Looks pretty cool.

  4. Basecamp is available in the US today. You can download it seperately from Garmin’s site for free.

    As for the Edge 500 – Basecamp wouldn’t do much for you there. It’s really for the Edge 800 and being able to transfer Birdseye imagery to it (satellite imagery).