Heads up! Massive Sale on Garmin, Wahoo, Tacx, 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, HR straps, sensors, and plenty more.
Plus there’s the big semi-annual 20% off sale, with 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. 20% off means you’re saving $200+ in most cases. Not to mention the GPS units from Garmin, Polar, COROS, Lezyne, Suunto, Apple and others.
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I fly out of DC a lot. A whole lot. But I’ve somehow never managed to luck into flying out over DC to the East – which gives you a unique view from above the capital. Usually you fly out the other way, which gives an equally impressive view of the National Mall. Anyway, you can see the capital in the center, and the mall beyond that to the Washington Monument:
The flight turned out to be more scenic than anything. Our flight plan happened to keep us rather low, and just over most of the major cities (Baltimore, then Delaware, then Philly). Philly is below:
Finally, after a change of planes in NYC, we were up into a jet airliner and off towards the Canadian island of Newfoundland, some 1,000+ miles away. Sunset over NYC was quite nice:
Eventually we arrived into a weather much less pleasant…but that’s sorta to be expected for St. John’s.
Though, with my presence here, we would turn that around (I always bring the sun).
And, in this rare case – I’d also finally see my first Day Moose. What’s a Day Moose you ask? It’s a moose I see during the day. I had seen plenty of Night Moose before up here (yes, it’s capitalized, it’s officially a different species, a pronoun of sorts).
I was just about at the turnaround point for my 90 minute run, when lo and behold I saw a big creature standing on my running path. Of course, I instantly realized it was definitely more his running path than mine. Especially since he made me look tiny. Like a squirrel.
Luckily, I had taken my little camera for the run. I was wavering back and forth at taking it for this run, but was really excited I did.
The rest of the run was great – just cruising along. Can’t beat the cool weather.
While I’d been running with the FR910XT in DC, I don’t have a lot of elevation like there is here in Newfoundland. So it was cool getting some amazingly precise (reflective) elevation readings using the barometric altimeter. You can see how spot on it was during my out and back run (I did a tiny bit extra the opposite way towards the beginning, which is why there’s a bit extra there):
Of course, this wouldn’t be the only moose related items I’d see up here. For example, behind the Girl’s house they have a small shed of sorts with a moose crossing sign:
And in fact, moose do often walk right across the backyards, often making their presence known.
Then inside, an old pair of antlers. I decided to recreate the look on the moose’s face when he saw me on the running path:
Of course, outside in the greenhouse things are still quite alive. Amazing how green the lettuce is. No photoshopping here, it’s really this vibrant green:
And the tomatoes are still kicking. The greenhouse is not powered at all, simply traps daytime heat to extend the growing season a bit.
Though, even outside the moss in the woods is vibrant green with all the ‘plentiful’ water around these parts.
Moving onto your fan favorite: Food
Given it was (almost) Canadian Thanksgiving, there was plenty to go around. Somehow, I missed pictures of most of it. But fear not, it was all great.
And for dessert there was great pumpkin pie (made by The Girl’s mom), and moose cookies (made by The Girl). We may have had some fun with the moose cookies, which The Girl made before we headed up. But I don’t believe those photos are rated ‘G’, so we’ll forgo them here. Though I don’t believe her baking blog has such requirements, thus a more storied version is there.
(Yes, those are moose droppings. If you were a moose in a plastic bag on a long plane flight, you’d probably have them too!)
So with that, it’s time to head back to the states. Many more trips to come over the next month. I think we (or I) are travelling just about every week. Eek!
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 2019 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.