Heads up! Massive Sale on Garmin, 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, and plenty more.
Plus there’s the big semi-annual 20% off sale, with virtually 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. Not to mention the GPS units from Garmin, Polar, COROS, Lezyne, Suunto, Apple and others.
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, 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.
Video of the 2012 TdF Parade/Caravan finally posts:
Here’s the 30 minute long video we shot (it was 3.3GB and took forever on hotel internets). I just placed the little camera on the ground in front of me. Funny to watch how close some of the floats/vehicles come to the fence line. Also funny to watch as one of the floats breaks down just in front of us at the end of the video. Ultimately the scene would go a bit longer than this, but my camera battery died (I didn’t think it would be 45+ minutes! It was just a little point and shoot camera).
3) GPS tracking watch for…cheap: This cheap looking watch might just do the trick for athlete tracking. Once I get the purchasing site to actually complete my order (every time it fails) – I’ll let you know how it works out. Funny that a unknown company in Asia can get this figured out, but none of the big endurance sports companies can…
4) Robo-cams go for the gold: The photographer in me find this very cool. The sports photographer in my finds this downright awesome. A look at how Reuters is using crazy-fancy robotics with off the shelf DSLR cameras mounted in weird places for the 2012 London Olympics.
5) Pistorius finally makes the Olympic team: This multi-Olympic long story has been captivating much of the track and field community. Pistorius is a pro-level sprinter that has two artificial legs. For years he’s been trying to qualify for the non-ParaOlympics events…now, he’s got his spot for London.
6) Tracking bats with GPS units less than 3 grams: There’s a bunch of good stories in this weekend’s GPS Tracklog roundup, but check out the first story in the “GPS Tracking” section. Interesting stuff – looking forward to that being built into bike frames.
7) Cycling – Worst Olympic Doping Offender: Cozy doesn’t post all that often – but when he does – it’s always the sweet analytical geeky stuff that sports nuts enjoy. This time he tears apart a bunch of numbers on which sports have the most dopers per testing capita.
8) Honest TV Listings for Sporting Events: I’ve read Steve’s blog for as many years as I’ve been blogging, probably longer actually. It’s his ability to collect random hilarious jewels like this that make his blog a daily staple of mine.
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. If I don’t know about it, I won’t be able to post about it. Sound good?
Wahoo Fitness updates their main free app: I’ve long said that Wahoo’s own free app is better at data recording than most of the paid apps out there. This update fixes changes to the Nike+ uploading platform, as well as adds in better power meter support for Strava uploads. And a few other items.
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 2018 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.