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.
This weekend was a pretty big hodgepodge of activities. I covered all the usual sports, and a few other activities that with careful regulation – could probably be categorized as sport.
First up was a Friday evening swim. I’ve been playing lately with figuring out using the (waterproof) GoProHD to take video of my swimming (so that I can then demonstrate to all you how not to swim). The nice part here is that it’s fire and forget. Literally. I set it on the bottom of the pool as I start my main sets – and then just forget about it. After I’m done, I simply grab it and check out the video later.
I’ll be doing a post later this week on using it at the pool – so look for that. It’s taken a bit of trickiness to get focus nailed, but, I think I’ve almost got it figured out.
Saturday morning brought a nice 10-mile run on the Capital Crescent Trail originating from Roosevelt Island, which is located in the Potomac River across from Georgetown (a small bridge connects it to Virginia). Like usual, I was running with the Pacers group – a great motivator to actually getting out of bed early on Saturday to get it done.
Oh, the New Balance folks were there – they had a gazillion shoes if you wanted to try them out. But given I already use New Balance shoes (and never change them), I was just fine and dandy without any new shoes.
The run itself went well, with the weather just about perfect for it. Starting to warm up nicely around here these days, though still plenty cool to keep things going quickly.
Sunday…Sunday introduced a new sport into our regime: The Registry Game.
While we were at Crate and Barrel last weekend we noticed they have a monthly private event for engaged couples looking to setup a registry. As part of this, you get to run around the store and tag all sorts of items with a little beepy machine. Actually, it vibrates…no beepy.
But before you do that, they give you free food!
Yup…free event, and free food! Any athletes dream! In addition to all the vibration stuffs, they have these little stations setup with even more free food – like Waffles, Omelets and Smoothies! They just make it right there using the various things they want you to buy.
Once you’re done, the machine spits out a little list. Since we’ve already registered most of the things we want (which admittedly isn’t much) elsewhere, this event may have been more about running around playing with a scanner and getting free food than anything else. But we had fun!
On the list of things that are less than fun however…I’m going to place riding on a trainer for more than two hours. Here’s what it looked like outside:
I don’t mind riding in the rain at all. I do mind riding in the cold dumping rain and wind. Warm rain is fun…cold rain though…not so much. But I just have to remember it’s far easier than some of my past trainer/brick combos. I believe my current trainer record is about 4 hours, but I’ve gotta poke around a bit.
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.