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.
Quick side note: If you haven’t had a chance to either enter the FR310XT giveaway, or at least read the various ‘Funny training stories’ entrants, definitely take a moment and do some browsing (or entering). Some hilarious stories in there (over 700+!!!). I’m seeing a pretty common trend in them though of guys running into poles, canals, buildings…all while checking out attractive girls. Hmm…
As for this weekend, I might actually end up with some entertaining training stories of my own. Well, racing stories rather. See, as I’ve alluded to a bit over the past month, I’ll be running the National Half Marathon this weekend with The Girl. While we’ve done many of the same races – we’ve never done a race ‘together’. Nope, never.
This weekend though, that’s gonna change. She’s asked me to help pace her as she aims to smash some of her PR’s (and run a really damn fast half-marathon split). Of course, given all my running gizmos and gadgets, there isn’t a lot of ‘pacing’ for me to do. I’m just simply following a few metrics on my FR310XT that will ultimately get us to her goal pace. Though, as I’ll talk about next week in a dedicated pacing post – there’s actually a lot of ways you can use a running watch to pace by, all with slightly different results.
So in reality, I’m really there more as support than pacing guide. Which could result in a very entertaining 13.1 miles together. We’ve been doing paced couples runs (at race pace) the last few weeks now, and for the most part they’ve ended well. So as for this weekend…it should be…fun. 🙂
Just after we finish the half-marathon though…that’s when the real race begins! See, for the following 12 hours we have to run back and forth across DC like an episode of the Amazing Race. The Girl is an entrant in the National Capital Area Cake Show this weekend, entering in both the ‘super-duper-fancy-tiered cake’ category, and also doing a cupcake cocktail hour later in the evening.
The cake design itself is incredible, and very relevant to things I write about around these parts. It’s just really cool and I think you’ll love it. But that’s just one part of the competition.
The second part is a cupcake competition with real live normal people selecting the winners. It’s sorta like those reality TV shows where the contestants have to cook up dishes that are served to a group of folks and they get to choose the best cupcakes. She has to cook god-knows-how-many dozens of cupcakes (many hundreds of cupcakes) using different flavor profiles that resemble fancy cocktails.
Of course, my role is officially registered as ‘helper’. I think that there’s probably another term for that, but we’ll try and keep it PG around here. In short, I do whatever she says…like a gofer.
Now that I think about it…I’m starting to see a trend for the weekend in whole.
So – if you’re in the DC area, and happen to want to check out a fun cake competition (complete with Food Network Cake Show stars) – wander on over! The main cupcake event is in the evening on Saturday, but her cake will be there on display all weekend long. Trust me, it won’t be hard to spot which one is hers.
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.