Week in Review–January 15th, 2012

WeekInReviewLogo_thumb4_thumb_thumbThe 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, Facebook, 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:
Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page of DCRainmaker.com this week:

Saturday: Week in Review- January 7th, 2012 
Monday: Bora Bora Part I- Getting here, sun, swim and run!
Tuesday #1: Bora Bora Part II- Sharks, Rays (the Manta kind), Paddle Boarding…and lots of rain
Tuesday #2: Headed to CES 2012, what product details do you want-
Wednesday: A look at testing with New Leaf Fitness for Garmin device calorie calculations
Friday: CES 2012 Health and Fitness Gadget Roundup- Part I

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) Custom Garmin Edge 500 Mounts: Every time I (re)stumble into this thread, I’m impressed by the way folks have managed to really make their Edge 500 mount look pretty damn sweet.

2) Canadian Pro Triathlete Banned: You probably saw the news of a Canadian Pro Triathlete being banned for doping violations, here’s his (taking responsibility) explanation – direct from his own blog.  It’s an interesting look at how ‘the system’ works.

3) New Garmin Winter Training Videos: These things have gone crazy viral over the past few days – and for good reason.  They aren’t really typical product rah-rah videos, but rather just cool sport videos with hints of Garmin to them.  Interestingly, these were actually developed out of Garmin’s European office, and not the US side of the house.  If you have to watch just one, I’d go with the cycling one.

Garmin Winter Training–Cycling

Garmin Winter Training – Running

Now that we’ve seen ‘Winter Training’ in cycling and running, I’m waiting for the ‘Swimming – Polar Bear Plunge Edition’ one. C’mon, whatchya waiting for Garmin?

4) Black Socks: I hadn’t really considered this very valid reason for wearing black socks while cycling before.  But Steve makes a pretty darn good point.

5) Garmin releases triathlon/running training plans: This one kinda came out of left field, but that’s all right.  Garmin posted to their European site a slew of downloadable workout training plans for triathlon and running (meaning, you can import the workouts right into your Garmin device).  I’ll be digging into this at some point a bit more in the next few weeks – but in the meantime, check it out.  Again, like the videos, this one is from the Euro-Garmin office.  Seems like our Euro friends have been busy this winter.

6) Washington DC Multisport Expo (and NYC and Boston too!): This serves as the initial reminder that you can register for the big multisport expo that’s held in March, starting now.  I usually try and make it up there for a brief appearance.

7) TriSports Solar Project Update: I continue to find this project awesome, hence why I add in little updates when it seems applicable.  They’ll finally be switching everything over in a couple weeks – but in the meantime, they’ve posted tons of pics.

8) Awesome underwater free-diving (no scuba) Great White Shark Video: Because I love sharks (something you’re all aware of) – I thought this was incredible.  Some really cool footage done by a team that was free-diving (just a single breath) with great white sharks. Note: Do not expect to ever see such footage here, of myself.  Speaking of which, wanna an app to track great whites? Check this out.  Seriously.

9) The end of a 33-year running streak: Dang, and you thought when you read about someone’s ‘Run 30 days straight’ streak that it was long.

10) Garmin FR305’s finally meet end of manufacturing: I only mention this because I had nowhere else to put it, and because a reader had referenced me in a recent post after they just received their FR305.  Thus, if you have noticed a slow and steady climb in price on them, it’s due to the channel slowly drying up. [Note: No specific link, just a note based on confirmation from the Garmin folks.  So, in effect, I am the link.]


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  1. Baz

    I didn’t know exactly where to put the comment but speaking of the Garmin Forerunner 910XT… I heard it is impossible to continue recording a gps track while charging the device (for those needing more than the 20hours). Is it true ?? Is it the same thing with the 310 XT
    Thank you !

  2. Hi Baz-

    Nope, not true. See my In Depth Review for an example of exactly that scenario with the charger – it continues to record the entire time.

    link to dcrainmaker.com

    (It’s at the very end)