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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 WTC cancellations post – 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:
Note that I post over there roughly every Monday and Wednesday, and Sarah posts on Tuesday and Thursday. It’s a tag-team event.
Washington Post Article:
This week I was featured in the Washington Post – pretty cool stuff. I was talking about runner tracking technology for events like the huge Marine Corps Marathon, which happens Sunday morning in DC.
Check it out! And be sure to read onto page two as well!
Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs: Here’s a not-so-small smattering of all the random things that I stumbled on while doing my civic duty to find the end of the Internet:
1) Electronic Shifting is here…now what? A good article from Cycling Tips looking at what’s coming next down the electronic shifting pipeline. In addition to the items they mentioned, I’d love to see more data integration with head units there. For example, it’d be interesting to see if over the course of an Ironman race if athletes become lazier in shifting, resulting in sub-optimal gearing. This could be accomplished fairly easily via ANT+.
6) Why Open is Better, post from Wahoo Fitness: That last few days have been interesting. Lots of commotion around Garmin’s recent iPhone dongle release – the majority of it coming from fairly angry ANT+ companies. But they aren’t actually upset about a Garmin product, but rather Garmin’s implementation, which is only really achieving one goal: Fragmenting ANT+. I haven’t decided whether I’ll write a post on it explaining why…perhaps if there’s interest. Sure, Wahoo has skin in this game, but actually they are probably the least concerned of all the folks I’ve chatted with. In the meantime, this post from them gives some of the basics of why open is better than a fully closed off accessory. After all, that’s the whole point of ANT+: Open.
8) New iPod Nano Distance/Pace Accuracy Post: I recently picked up one as well, and will be adding it into my runs here soon – simply curious to see how accurate the accelerometer based unit is. In the meantime, check out this post.
9) Differences between exercise in NYC and Paris: Being that I’m taking a train from NYC to DC right now, found this of interest. A look at the differences between how people exercise in NYC compared to Paris…from the perspective of someone who’s likely not an endurance athlete (aka: Everyone else).
10) A bike that plays records: Crazy! But yup, it’s got a record player on the back. But no, I can’t think of a practical use for it.
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.