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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: This week over at Slowtwitch I went all smartphone. I had a bunch of questions that focused on using smart phones in sport so I kept the conversation focused on the phone related items. Check it out!
1) Bluetooth Heart Rate Strap Monitors 2) Android ANT+ Cell Phone Client and App Options 3) Review of smartphone clients and apps
Posts this past week: A wide variety of posts this week covering quite a range of stuff. The most popular was definitely the FR610 review, to say there was a lot of interest there would be a minor understatement. Here’s all the stuff that landed on the front page:
Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs: Here’s a small smattering of links I found interesting this week:
1) National Park Week starts today (free access) – Each year the National Park service sets aside a few weeks where access is completely free. This being one of them. If you’re in the DC area, I’d highly recommend checking out the 110 mile long Skyline drive – perfect for cycling.
2) Why Cyclists Hate Stop Signs – This fun science-eque article my brother sent over explains in detailed mathematical and physics terms exactly why cyclists hate stop signs. Pretty cool.
3) Ironman St. George Infographic – Interesting chart that goes into details on the demographic makeup of Ironman St. George. The chart focuses on a fairly clear shift towards a younger demographic for the race that’s earned its place as fairly tough.
4) Running vs. Walking Calorie Burn – Probably the biggest caloric debate out there is whether running a mile or walking a mile burns the same amount of calories. This piece talks to where some of the numbers came from, as well as some new scientific evidence around the question.
I’m happy to report that I’ve gotten the Nike+ watch that cracked last week all taken care of. Both the replacement from the standard support and returns center arrived, as well as a unit from Nike/Tom-Tom’s PR team. At this juncture I could even do one Nike+ on each wrist. I mean, not that I’d do anything like that.
But I could.
And that’s what counts.
It should also let me get back on track pretty quickly with an In Depth Review.
Random Note #2: Heart Rate Straps
This was the week of heart rate straps arriving at the DCRainmaker pad. I had the Polar Nike+ compatible strap, the Polar Bluetooth combination strap, and then the Zephyr Bluetooth strap all arrive.
Look for these straps to be reviewed here in the future with a Heart Rate Strap Showcase Showdown! It’ll be thrilling…except probably without Plinko. A shame really.
Hope you all had a great weekend! Look for my soaking wet race report Monday morning!
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 2021 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 Gear Guide too.