Week in Review–September 30th, 2012

WeeklyMailbagIcon_thumb2_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.

Sunday: Week in Review–September 23rd, 2012
Monday: A brief weekend testing gadgets back in France
Tuesday: MyTriRack Transition Rack Review
Thursday: Polar RC3 integrated GPS watch In-Depth Review
Friday: A Kananaskis Mountain Bikearound

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) Totally awesome Instagram photo taken of Revolights: Very very cool photo taken inside a bike tunnel.  Looking forward to my pair showing up…someday.

2) Unionized Olympic Athletes? Potential strikes?  All things for thought.  Interesting article about Track and Field potentially unionizing. (Via Steve Fleck Twitter Feed)

3) Canadian Olympic Team ‘Call me Maybe’ music video: While the Cycling Team Green Edge gets my take for the best endurance sports related variant of this, the Canadians did a decent job. (via Simon Whitfield Twitter Feed)

Canadian Olympic Team Call Me Maybe

4) And here’s the US Olympic Swim Team’s version: Just in case you missed it earlier this summer (I did).  Though, after watching these two back to back you’ll probably need a bit (or a lot) of time away from the song.

US Olympic Swimming Team

5) Some sweet photos from the UCI Time Trial World Championship: If you enjoy high quality cycling photos, this is for you.  And, from the site site – this other gallery from the Giro Di Lombardia, including a nasty looking photo with the front fork severed completely off.  Unreal.

6) A DCRainmaker Nugget: Poke around the site a bit – I’ve added something that some of you might find interesting.  More details later this week on what it means (and tons more about it)…

7) GPS enabled…shoes. No seriously, shoes with GPS in them, complete with blinky lights: Move over Garmin, you missed the foot clad embedded signaling device trend entirely.

8) FitBit adds new Fitbits: They’ve added some new models, with these ones now including Bluetooth 4.0 in them.  Nice!  Looking forward to trying one out (as I love my current one, which recently survived a run through the washer and dryer).

9) The best imagery I saw on Facebook this week: Saw this from Brooks.  Essentially, it describes my running life:


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?

Suunto Ambit September Update: This update was previously announced, and now available.  It adds on-screen navigation and a bunch of other minor features.  Additionally, it’s paired with a Movescount update to offer exporting of data and more.  Serious props to Suunto for nailing their long-announced September timelines.  Well done.

A whole bunch more iPhone apps were updated this week with iOS6 updates.  Rather than detail each and every one – you can just scroll through the listing below to check them out.  I’m sure there are many more, but these are just the ones I have installed (or people tell me about).



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  1. A new way to support the site?

  2. Yeah Ray…you have a new ad Clever Training…

  3. jpb

    I’ve been following your very useful and amusing blog for a while but have not yet commented.

    I just thought I’d say that I first read your headline

    “Unionized athletes … strikes”

    as Un-ionized athletes and thought it was something to do with static electricity and lightning strikes causing problems on the athletics track during storms! :)

  4. Suprised you did not call out ORICA-GreenEDGE team Call Me Maybelink to youtube.com

  5. My bad Ray – on top of it as usual. thanks!