Week in Review–September 10th, 2011


The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter and Google Plus, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout at all these places for good stuff!

So with that, let’s get into the action!

DCRainmaker.com posts this past week:
A wide variety of posts this week covering quite a range of stuff. Here’s what made the main stage:

Monday: Week in Review–September 5th, 2011
Tuesday: End of summer Garmin FR610 Giveaway Results!
Wednesday: A Packed Labor Day Weekend
Thursday: Bod Pod & Consumer Scale Comparison Tests- Part III (The In Depth Statistical Analysis)
Friday: Running from the floodwaters

Slowtwitch.com Weekly Sports Gadget Mailbag this week:
This week I cover the following topics over at Slowtwitch as part of the mailbag series. You can go ahead and read it all here:

This week I mixed it up and did an “Interbike Sports Technology Preview” post. I cover power meter technology, new head units, and the proliferation of apps.

You can read all my past weekly mailbags at Slowtwitch here. Or the pre-Slowtwitch days here.

Men’s Health/Gatorade/Urbanathlon Blog posts this past week:
In addition to all my writings here, I also cover a bunch of topics over on the Men’s Health Urbanathlon blog. Here’s the goods from the past week:

Monday: Holiday!
Wednesday: Official Course & Obstacle Information Posted

Note that I post over there roughly every Monday and Wednesday, and Sarah posts on Tuesday and Thursday. It’s a tag-team event.

Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:
Here’s a small smattering of all the random things that I stumbled on while doing my civic duty to find the end of the Internet:

1) Going to –110*C for athletic recovery…seriously: And you thought the ice bath was bad.  This ain’t got nothing on stepping into the coldest space on earth.

2) ITU coming to San Diego in 2012: Great to see the ITU coming back to the states after skipping out the past two years following the ITU event in Washington DC back in 2009. Hopefully this trend will continue in the future.

3) Chrissie Wellington’s thoughts on the Kona Pro Ranking System: Great to see some of the long course leaders giving some open and honest feedback about the system. It would be easy for someone in her shoes to simply say that ‘all’s good’, so it’s good to see her defending others not as fortunate.

4) A look at how Pro Cycling teams can and can’t merge: A good piece by one of the founders of Cervelo on the recent merger planned for Team Radio Shack and Team Leopard-Trek – and why it’s not quite as contractually simple as it seems.

5) Capital Bikeshare (finally) expanding to The Mall: For you non-DC folks, this may seem odd, but in short up until now the National Park Service (which runs The Mall), was against allowing Bikeshare onto it. Great news to see it making progress!

6) Hy-Vee Race Report from Ben Collins: You may not know Ben, but he held the race lead from early into the bike until the second lap of the run.  He also won the NYC Triathlon this year.  A great post on going balls to the wall till you drop.

Random Notes:

Since some folks were curious about the van that ended up beached about a 100y from my place after the flooding yesterday.  Here’s the unfortunate vehicle.  Its journey began a little over 2 miles upstream parked near a Home Depot, before going river bound and ending up across the street from my place. 


It actually made it through a slew of huge drainage pipes below some railroad tracks at the 1.5 mile marker – really impressive. Fear not, police checked the vehicle and found it vacant.  Friday night we watched as they removed it from the river.  Here’s a handful of photos from that:


Have a safe and enjoyable weekend all!


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  1. Wow – those pics say it all: “Don’t F*** with Mother Nature!” Yikes!

  2. I bet they didn’t have flood insurance. LOL.