Week in Review–October 21st, 2012

WeeklyMailbagIcon_thumb2_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.

Sunday: Week in Review–October 14th, 2012
Monday: A look at the opening weekend of our bakery
Tuesday: Garmin FR910XT Giveaway Results
Wednesday: My 2012 Trainer Recommendations- Early Edition
Thursday: The Johannesburg (Group DCR) Runaround

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) Tips for the triathlete off-season period: Here’s a good post from Joe Friel on what to do now that your triathlon season (or running season) has wrapped up.

2) Age Grouper Triathlete gets doping ban: Well, Lance has good company this week.  A 58-year old fellow from Atlanta got bit in an out of competition doping test (which, btw, is incredibly unheard of rare for an AG’er).  Most pro’s never even get picked for OOC.  While you’re at it, if you never read this Outside Magazine article from a year ago on the subject – it’s well worth it.

3) Speaking of Lance/Doping/etc: Here’s a quick roundup of doping and Lance-related stuffs.  First, his wife posts a bit on the Runners World Blog.  Cycling Tips puts together a thought around amnesty for cycling in general.  Well worth the read.  Then we’ve got a professional runner that’s been scooping up cash at local races that admits to doping, makes New York times.  And, an interesting article that Vaughters wrote years ago about cycling and breaking the rules in Colorado…funny parallels to today.

4) Polar releases first iPhone app – Polar Beats: I’ll be looking to post about this in a bit, but for now, go check it out.  It’ll connect with Bluetooth Low Energy heart rate straps (like their H7 strap) and track your runs, then plunk them up to their PolarPersonalTrainer site.


5) Cardboard Bicycle Project: I’m sure many of you saw the various text posts about this over the past week about this.  But the video is well worth the watch.

6) Perspectives after Kona: Professional Triathlete Jordan Rapp shares his thoughts from his day at the Ironman World Championships.

7) Do you jump out of or off of high places?  If so, heads up that Recon Instruments has released a flights HUD (heads up display) unit built off of their previous Recon setup.  Interesting stuff.

8) GoPro announced the Hero 3 camera.  And yup, I’ve got my pre-order in.  But, most importantly, check out this video.  I always love their videos – so well put together.

GoPro Hero 3

9) Air Canada 777 full of passengers helps in search and rescue operation: I thought this was cool, hence why I’m sharing it.  A flight arriving into Sydney from Canada took a bit of a diversion, and went down to just a few thousand feet out a ways over the ocean, then asked passengers for help in finding a distressed sailboat.  Cool story.

10) Magellan put together a pretty in-depth post on how their activity pacer feature works: This is one of the fairly innovative features in the Switch from them that I liked early on.  It’s not quite like Virtual Pacer, but rather, improves upon it by providing ETA’s and the like.

11) Super-slow motion video of pros cycling in Kona during World Championships: This is what it looks like at 300 frames per second. (Via Steve Fleck Twitter)

13) Cycling in Vietnam video Rapha: I think that Rapha cycling videos are sorta like cycling porn.  Though, this one does seem to be lacking the normal levels of cyclingin their videos.  Nonetheless, enjoy!  Full back story at the link above.



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?

Garmin Fenix Firmware Update – 2.80: I’ve been using beta builds of this for about a week. And then the final build as well for a few runs.  Things seem to work fairly well for me.  A few minor feature adds, but still not yet any of the major running-specific requests (i.e. indoor running, workout functionality, etc…).  Still, progress.

Training Peaks changes some aspects of athlete to coach match program: If you happen to use this program, they’ve made some changes that are worth a look.

iPhone Apps that were updated this week: Looks like just Calorie Counter (I use it occasionally), and Pele (which is awesome).  Pele does tracking of athletes in Ironman races.  Makes it super easy to track all day long without the often troublesome WTC site.


Thanks for reading all!


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  1. Anonymous

    RubiTrack v3 was launched this week

  2. Love the Go Pro video. Do you think you will look to review this? I was actually just checking out your assorted comments on the hero2 last night and was wondering whether to just get one, my main purpose is just for fun, some swim analysis, capturing bike rides and sort sea swimming/shorkelling type activties. plus random all day type shots from our balcony as the Sydney harbour boats go in and out.

    Would like to see a review in the DCR style to complete what I hope it can do and whether it is worth me buying.


  3. Anonymous

    Re: 3), Kristin Armstrong is Lance’s first (i.e., former) wife.