Week in Review–March 26th, 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:    
Wander on over to Slowtwitch this week for my latest thoughts on a wide assortment of sports technology items.  Here’s this week’s new topics, which you can check out here.

1) Understanding Elapsed Time and Time in sport files
2) Deciding between an iPhone in ANT+ case, and the Edge 800
3) Garmin Futures: Vector Pedals and new version of the FR310XT

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.  My personal favorite is probably the giveaway post – since I’m doing it differently this time and having y’all tell a funny training story.  Tons of hilarious ones in there – definitely check it out!  Here’s all the stuff that landed on the page:

Sunday: Week in Review: March 20th, 2011
Monday:  Flight, Run, Soccer, Bike…oh, and tailgate.
Tuesday:  One Week: So many cool new things
Wednesday:  The Swim Watch Battle: FINIS Swimsense vs. Swimovate Pool-Mate Pro
Thursday: Garmin FR310XT Giveaway
Friday: This weekend: Race Pacing and Cake Competitions

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

1) Detroit to Dover – Openwater Swim Blog: What if your normal swim workout consisted of more than 15,000 yards in the pool…plus a cool down? Welcome to the world of Jenny Birmelin and her training for the English Channel swim.  Every once in a while I stumble upon blogs of folks training for the channel swim and find myself lost for hours reading their posts.  This was no different…

2) Are you a DC runner and cyclist and want to be part of a TV show?  A TV producer (and friend of mine) is looking for runners and cyclists to act the part (do your thing) on Monday evening at the Roosevelt Island parking lot (just down the hill from Rosslyn Metro).  Hit up the link for details.

3) Garmin files litigation against Bryton Cycling Computers: I thought this little nugget was interesting.  Bryton makes ANT+ cycling computers that provide mapping capabilities on the devices, similar to the Edge 705 and Edge 800.  Apparently similar enough that Garmin’s decided to sue.  Will be interesting to see how this plays out.  I do find it ironic that Garmin LTD (officially a Swiss company) is filing in US district court (USA) against sale in Germany.

4) Working out and having sex increases health risk…unless you workout or have sex often: Parts of this headline made its way across the internet in various forms.  But the article actually says that if you do these activities often – then you’re health risk with these activities is reduced to ‘practically nothing’.  Score!

5) Chase the Chics triathlon!:  If there ever were a more brilliant event idea…I don’t know what it would be.  In this triathlon just a bit south of DC, the women get a slight head start on the men.  Then the men start.  First person to the finish (male or female) wins the cash.  And yes, it’s really called “Chasing Chics Triathlon”.  I want that t-shirt.

6) Top Fitness Apps from the Wall Street Journal: If you have an iPhone, Android or Blackberry phone (or even an iPad), then definitely check out this list of top fitness related apps from the WSJ.  Pretty much all the cool apps I’ve used are on the list, so I’d have to assume the rest are equally as cool.

Random thoughts section:

As I mentioned yesterday, this will be a crazy busy weekend – between running the half-marathon on Saturday morning to cake competitions on Saturday daytime, and cupcake competitions Saturday night.  Busy busy!  And that’s before Sunday!

I might head up to the DC Multisport Expo on Sunday – so if anyone’s around and happens to see me scurry in and out…say Hi!  Or, follow along on ‘the Twitter’ for all the action.

Have a great weekend all!


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  1. SSB

    That race sounds awesome. I hope the chics get different shirts… maybe ‘running from the boys” or something.

  2. Eli

    Thanks for mentioning the multisport expo, learned alot there. Gave me something to do since all that snow canceled the group bike ride I would have done. (Well, someone said there was snow…)

    Was wondering what your thought were on VO2max and lactate theshold testing. The part that kind of put me off the value of the testing was how the guy giving that talk also has body composition testing:
    link to sportfitconsulting.com
    Which to me seems like alot of money to charge for a printout from a scale even with there big expo sale bringing the cost down to $10. (ok, I still did it to compare the results to my segmented body scale from Tanita since I like playing with technology)

  3. Eli

    hm, Tanita seems to only use 50kHz for their electrodes while the InBody one used by Sportfit uses 20kHz and 100 kHz with the higher end InBody scales using even more frequencies. Not sure of that really makes a different though. InBody’s application for marketting their scale says there were human clinical trials to prove their frequency worked but don’t know how to find the results of those trials (would seem like that research would show how accurate different frequencies are)
    link to accessdata.fda.gov
    That application was in 2006 and seems like with how technology has gotten better if multi frequency was better then newer scales would have come to the market.

    Sad how Tanita has the BC-601 out in the UK but not the US An improved version of the BC-558 which going by the above pdf was out before january 2006 but only came to the US in April 2007.

    I think I spent too much time with google….