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: Tons of interest this week in the Motoactv – so definitely check out that post. Good stuff abound!
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:
3) Hunter Kemper Crash at ITU Myrtle Beach: In case you haven’t seen this yet…you should. In ITU races, once lapped you can’t proceed and are pulled from the course. Unfortunately, a lapped swimmer was allowed onto the bike course into transition, resulting in the below.
Hunter Kemper Crash
4) RunKeeper now doing standard race results: If there’s any doubt that RunKeeper as a company isn’t looking to take over in the fitness world, you should continue erasing that doubt. The amount of new product areas and integration they’re doing is staggering. And they have millions of users already using their platform.
5) Spin Bikes designed to handle sweat: Interesting article from the Wall Street Journal about some new spin bikes designed to resist the rust that can occur on spin bikes. I’m not a huge spin-bike person, so I didn’t realize this was a legit problem. Learn something new every day. (via Jose)
6) Become a CycleOps Sponsored Athlete: This time of year many teams are looking for folks to sponsor for next season (both fast and…well…not so fast). Happened to notice this one in my Twitter stream. Remember that when applying for a sponsorship, what you do for the company is typically far more important than your race results.
9) Complete listing of all ANT+ enabled cell phones: This is a good page to keep bookmarked. This only lists publically acknowledged cellphones where the ANT+ chip is accessible to applications/end users. In other words, some cell phones are out there that the chip is in there, but not revealed to applications/end users. If you’re looking for a do it all phone, start here.
11) Quarq Blog: I keep meaning to post this in a weekend post, but they keep posting just too much stuff and I can’t decide what to post. Some really informative/entertaining/interesting posts there. So just start at the top and burn some time away.
I think I’ve unpacked a new box of gear to review every day this week: Ergomo, RunAnalyzer, Thing I can’t talk about yet #1, Tacx Trainer, Thing I can’t talk about yet #2, Bontrager quick install Speed/Cadence sensor (no zip ties!), Bontrager Node 2, and more that I can’t remember.
Lots of cool stuff coming. I just spent some time sketching out the rest of October and full November post schedules – tons of good stuff coming down the pipeline…and that’s even before looking at all the stuff that I haven’t planned for yet. November’s going to be busy!
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.