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.
A busy weekend was in store…but first, I had to get myself home from a brief 24 hours in Charlotte. Actually, I think it was more like 22 hours to be exact. Either way, a 45 minute flight is so much easier than the usual 14 hour flights.
Despite arriving home Friday night, before I knew it, it was Saturday morning and time to run. While I had originally planned to run downtown around The DC Mall, I ended up sleeping in a bit and just running from the house for my 11.5 miles of easy long run. This led to lots of sorta random loops because I was too lazy to plot out a real route for the allotted time.
There was the usual trail, and then the park, and then the park again and the trail again. It was one of those mind-numbing runs where the route just makes it seem so much longer than it actually is.
But soon I was done and ready to go on with the rest of my afternoon – which included highlights like Chipotle and Dairy Queen (did you know they have liquid peanut butter there?) – and lowlights like getting my oil changed, registration and emissions done.
My evening was far better though – which was ushered in with tailgating at the DC United soccer game – the first home game of the season. The Girl made up a bunch of mini-cupcakes as well, which were quickly devoured by all.
We got some pretty sweet seats for the game, made even better by the fairly large group we had.
Ultimately DC United would end up winning 3-1, though the only goal scored on them late in the game was a PK that was on a fairly cheap call. All good though…still won.
Sunday came along which meant ‘long-ride’ time. Except, with a minor taper for next weekend’s National Half-Marathon pacing effort (I’m pacing The Girl), I got a good break and only had to do 90 minutes. So we headed down for a few loops around Prince William Forest National Park.
One of the great things about the main 7-mile loop in the park is the roadway is one-way for vehicles, with one lane for cars, while the other lane is divided for cyclists and runners/walkers (who both can go both ways).
Even in the normal sections, it’s still dead quiet with very little car activity.
By this time a week or two from now, the park will look entirely different with the trees around here just starting to bloom. In fact, as we drive through downtown DC today, you could just see the beginning of the buds starting to pop out for the main cherry trees around the basins (though no color yet).
After my ride, there was really only one thing left to do…reward myself. Not that I really had a reason to reward myself. But since we just happened to walk by (well, actually, we may have drove directly to it, prior to walking by it) a place in Alexandria that sells cupcakes – might as well, right?
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.