Heads-up: Huge Sports Tech Sale Underway – 20% Off All Smart Trainers!
There’s a massive sales on smart cycling trainers right now, plus plenty other sports tech. There’s 20% off the Wahoo KICKR, KICKR CORE, CLIMB, Headwind, 20% off the Tacx NEO 2T, Flux 2, and Flux S, 20% off Saris Hammer 3 trainer and Saris MP1 Motion Platform. Plus also 20% off the Elite Direto X and Suito too, even the new Sterzo. Plus even steeper deals including with the Kinetic trainers at 30% off.
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.
2) Doping in cycling: Yes, a headline week for that. And while there’s a gazillion Lance stories, I actually thought the Vaughters (head of Garmin Cycling Team) story posted last week was more interesting – specifically the Bicycling Magazine follow-up to the New York Times story. If you’re looking for a little comic relief from all the bike doping however, just start here.
3) WTC sorta announces new Ironman Canada: After Thursday’s current Ironman Canada debacle, World Triathlon Corporation has semi-announced a new Ironman Canada for roughly the same time next year. Here’s my obvious takeaway: Easy registration for an M-DOT race somewhere in Canada (likely western Canada) for next summer. Below is the letter I got via e-mail (sent to all past racers):
“IRONMAN Volunteers and Athletes,
IRONMAN is saddened to confirm that Penticton, Canada, has chosen to not move forward as the host for the 2013 edition of IRONMAN® Canada. We hoped that IRONMAN Canada would continue in the City of Penticton, which has served as the host of the race for 30 years, and that the relationship between IRONMAN and the city would continue indefinitely.
As IRONMAN continues to finalize details, we would like to offer the following opportunity for 2012 IRONMAN Canada volunteers, as well as all athletes who have previously raced IRONMAN Canada:
IRONMAN is aggressively pursuing multiple options, as our goal is to have IRONMAN Canada in 2013. By clicking here, volunteers and athletes will be put on a preferred registration list for the new IRONMAN Canada, tentatively slated for late August/early September 2013. Please note: you must complete the entire process and click “submit” to confirm your place on the registration list. Access to this link is available for a limited period of time, between Aug. 25 at noon PT and Aug. 30 at midnight PT. The preferred list will give volunteers and athletes one week (in advance of general proposed registration) to sign up for the new IRONMAN Canada event. Additional race and registration details will be announced during the week of the 2012 IRONMAN World Championship, which takes place on Oct. 13.
IRONMAN is pursuing multiple unique venue options for the new IRONMAN Canada race and is excited to build upon the long-standing tradition of IRONMAN Canada as one of the most iconic races in the global IRONMAN Series. The new race, tentatively scheduled for late August/early September 2013, will feature double the amount of age group slots for the IRONMAN World Championship, an increase from 50 to 100 slots, as well as an increase in KPR points and prize money for professional athletes.
As an additional race option, general entry for IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant, IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene, and Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas is also still available. Visit www.ironman.com to register.
Thank you for your continued support of IRONMAN, and we hope to see you at another IRONMAN race soon! If you have any questions, please contact Canada@ironman.com.
5) Polar giving away a bunch of RC3 GPS’s: Visit that page, follow the social media instructions and then somehow you end up in a scavenger hunt in a bunch of cities around the world for Polar RC3’s. I’d be interested in hearing from folks on how this works out in real life – but might be ideal for those non-US folks in certain cities where Polar engagement is otherwise low. For other sports tech companies, this might be an interesting one to watch.
7) Peaksware WKO+ new version survey: The folks behind the desktop software WKO+ are considering/pondering a new version – and want your thoughts on it. If you’re a user (or prospective user) of WKO+, hop on over and fill out the quick survey.
10) TrainerRoad creates workout creator – wants your feedback: Watch the video, and then post some feedback. Pretty straight forward. Why don’t other companies take feedback like this? Btw, I’ll finally be doing a review on them in late-September/early October. My current goal is that you’ll start seeing a bunch of trainer related reviews coming out in September and then a roundup in early October ahead of the northern hemisphere winter training season. Tons of new units stacking up in my apartment.
13) Power your USB goods while cycling: I’ve connected with these folks already, and they’ll be shooting me out a test unit here in the next few weeks. I see this as useful for those doing long multi-day journeys on bikes (cross country/etc…) and need to keep power going. Or for 24-hour riders. Niche idea, but for those that need it it’s super cool.
Sports Technology Software/Firmware Updates This Week: Each week I quickly highlight some of the new firmware, app, software and website service updates that I see go out. If you’re a sports technology company and release an update – shoot me a quick note (just one liners is perfect, or Tweet it at me) 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?
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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.