Week in Review–June 4th, 2012

WeeklyMailbagIcon_thumb4The 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.  It’s been a wee bit (ok, a wee LOT bit) busy this past week, but once I get though the end of Monday, it’ll even out again.

Sunday: Week in Review – May 26th, 2012
Tuesday: A long ride from Paris
Wednesday: In-Depth Review of the Quad Lock iPhone Bike Mount Case

Places I’m quoted:
This past week I was quoted in an offshoot of the Washington Post, regarding the recent DC triathlon fiasco.  Still working on getting a bit more details on why and how exactly it all flopped.

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) DHL hiring runners to make deliveries (via running) during London 2012 Olympics: I’m not sure how to get on this team – but that’d probably be a blast, like a giant scavenge hunt – except getting paid.

2) Kayaking off a nearly 200-ft waterfall: I’m happy to report this stunt occurred in my home state of Washington.  And I’m even happier to report that neither myself, nor my kayaks were involved.

3) Two-way bike communication system overview: I saw this a while back on Fat Cyclist, and now a good overview from Dan at Slowtwitch.  I think I’ll go ahead and pick one up and perhaps write a review mid-summer.  Seems like a good reason to go out and enjoy riding with some friends.

4) Completely whacky dudes: A few weeks ago you probably saw the Russian guys that dangled from the tops of towers without wires – just playing around.  This time, they add in even more nutcase – letting go and then catching themselves.

5) Everything you ever wanted to know about tubeless tires: And were afraid to ask (or, just didn’t think to ask).

6) A cool gallery from inside a neutral car at the Giro: Always good stuff from James over at Bike Radar – tons of sweet pics.

7) BodyMedia sues BASIS, BASIS fires back: While I haven’t yet used the BASIS watch (other than a brief test a few times), in general I find that within the technology segment, companies that sue over petty things tend to be the ones struggling to innovate.  Having used the BodyMedia product a bit ‘in real life’ – I’d say that they are falling behind the curve of others (notably all the new entrants – i.e. Nike Fuel, FitBit, etc…).  But…I suppose that’s a post for another day…

8) A really pretty cycling video:  When in doubt, I turn to the guys at Cycling Tips to watch pretty cycling stuff.  This time, telling the story of the inaugural UK Rapha Continental ride.


9) Want to get naked and do a triathlon? Well, look no further than this race for all your au natural needs.

10) Recon Instruments looking for feedback: If you want to add your pile of thoughts into their product development cycle – this be the place to do it.

Sports Technology Software/Firmware Updates This Week:

I’ve been trying something new where I quickly highlight some of the new firmware, app, software and website updates that I see go out, each week. If you’re a sports technology company and release an update – shoot me a quick note (just one liners) and I’ll make mention of it here. Sound good?

Hal Higdon Training App – I didn’t know about this until I saw a post on the TP blog. I ran my first few marathons following his free online site, thus, I thought the app idea was worth mentioning for those folks looking for a quick and free plan.

Swimulator App – Didn’t know about this either until I saw a tweet on it.  Anybody try it?  Ideally you’d use it to set Mr. Beepy (“Tempo Trainer”) that you put inside your swim cap.  I actually have one, just lower down the totem pole review ranking.

Update from the Trainer Road guys: A fairly detailed update on what new things they’re working on.

Timex Global Trainer gets firmware update: Rumor is it fixes some satellite issues – which, is likely a worthy update.

OpenFit API Updates: Pretty interesting little project from the founder of Sport Tracks – aiming to make a web-enabled version that can also be customized for watch companies looking to quickly get a site up and working.

With that – hope everyone had a great weekend! Thanks for reading!


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  1. Thos guys are mad, driving on the left side of the road ;o)

  2. Thank god there is satellite update for the global trainer. I’m about ready to toss my for the 910 as I can never get a satellite fix on mine…

  3. Can you find out if they are planning a firmware update for the Run Trainer soon? I have to do a 4 button reset or flash the firmware every few runs to get the satellite sensor working, Timex support was useless, the diagnostics say pass and given that resetting the software fixes it, not sure what sending it in would do for me if it’s not a hardware problem…

  4. i’m also curious about the Run Trainer firmware update. It was fast at first, but now it tends to take 15 minutes to find a satellite.

  5. Ben S

    My Run Trainer has slowed down… and recently it quit finding satellites entirely (as well as not connecting to the HR strap.) I’ve reloaded the newest firmware several times and had finally decided the GPS has broken. I’ve only had it since Dec, so I’m going to trade it in for an exchange. It’s very frustrating.

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  7. Here are the release notes. It seems that it now hops between the foot pod and gps depending on signal acquisition.

    Also I am not sure but I think you have the wrong update file is linked, unless I am wrong in which case feel free to correct me

    Timex Global Trainer Firmware vF-XGH-2B-1205211.GHX Release Notes

    Corrected SRM auto calibration – stop pedaling while moving to calibrate power meter
    Corrected Quarq auto calibration – back pedal to calibrate power meter
    Performance Mode

    The Lap/Split pop-up display has been increased in size and covers the entire screen:
    Lap and Split times appear for five seconds, and
    For the next five seconds, the displayed lap summary is based on what data was being viewed when the lap/split was recorded.
    Additional data fields are available:
    For each lap, live data for Average Cadence, Average Pace, Average Heart Rate, Average Speed, and Average Power can be viewed.
    Multisport Mode

    The Lap/Split pop-up display has been increased in size and covers the entire screen:
    Lap and Split times appear for five seconds, and
    For the next five seconds, the displayed lap summary is based on what data was being viewed when the lap/split was recorded.
    Additional data fields are available:
    For each lap, live data for Average Cadence, Average Pace, Average Heart Rate, Average Speed, and Average Power can be viewed.
    For each segment (sport) of a Multisport event/workout, Average Cadence, Average Pace, Distance, Average Heart Rate, and Average Speed can be viewed.

    ANT+ Foot Pod is now a choice in the Configure Sensors menu to provide Pace, Distance, and Running Cadence data indoors or when GPS signals are compromised.
    To address this additional functionality, alert zones are now available for Run Cadence and Bike Cadence.
    Firmware also supports calibration of the Foot Pod over a user-selected measure distance or through input of a calibration factor (percentage).

    GPS Acquisition

    Improved time-to-first fix with initial 3D acquisition in clear conditions in under 1 minute.
    Upon start-up of the GPS receiver, a satellite status bar is displayed. Press UP or DOWN to view specific satelitte acquesition, or press any other button to bypass the status or acquisition screens.
    Data Transfer to the Online Log

    Improved watch data output will now provide more accurate results in the Timex Ironman online log powered by TrainingPeaks.

    link to timexironman.trainingpeaks.com

    link to trainingpeaks.com

  8. Anonymous

    My hands are sweating after watching the Russians. They need a theme park over there!

  9. Ben S

    New version of Device Agent posted today. Also, after letting my runtrainer’s battery run out, my GPS magically started working again.

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