Heads up! Massive Sale on Garmin, Wahoo, Tacx, 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, HR straps, sensors, and plenty more.
Plus there’s the big semi-annual 20% off sale, with 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. 20% off means you’re saving $200+ in most cases. 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.
The Queue is a place where I post quick galleries of products that have just started the review cycle. Here’s more from the onslaught of new products that have come in lately (with tons more planned over the next few weeks). At the moment, these don’t show up in the main RSS feed since they are just quick galleries. You can however subscribe specifically to The Queue RSS feed here (mostly to just use it as a notification mechanism).
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) How much should you run during Ironman Training: This is an interesting data-driven look at a given age group athlete (and coach), and the analytics behind nailing the right amount of running. As always, remember not to try and follow anyone else’s plan, as everyone is different.
2) Give me back my data: A great piece on the companies out there today that don’t have user-friendly terms of service (or features) around owning your own fitness data. This is the one area I constantly hammer at companies when I talk with them. Same goes when I’m doing any speeches about it. On a semi-related noted rumors are that Nike is looking at a thinner Fuelband. And then later in the week – Nike finally opened up some API’s to access sports and Fuelband data. I recon that some day one might look back at this as a turning point in the industry on consolidated fitness information (for non-performance athletes). Nobody except Garmin has a bigger dataset of fitness data than Nike. And since Garmin appears stuck with its head in the sand about access to Garmin Connect as a massive centralized platform for fitness data, it appears that Nike is going to make a run at it. It’s just the start…
3) A look at how Garmin repairs/overhauls units: While this post was actually about Girls on the Run (a nonprofit focusing on getting young girls to run), the last half is cool in that it shows some of the behind the scenes on refurbishing Garmin running units.
4) Build your own power meter: Very geeky-cool hack on how to build your own ANT+ enabled power meter. He’s definitely super-thorough on the documentation as you can see there on the site. Of course, the project isn’t for the faint of heart. (via…a lot of people)
5) The Lance & Oprah Interview…Colbert Style: If you’re like me, you’re probably ready for there to be something other than doping being discussed. You know, like race radios. But this video from the Colbert Report is absolutely hilarious. Love it (and you’ll love it whether your pro or anti-Lance).
6) How Strava is changing the way we ride: A look at how Strava is impacting not only cyclist riding patterns, but also the industry. I think we’ve really seen that shift in industry mindset over the last 4-6 months – and companies that don’t offer integration there are quickly becoming ignored by that fast growing segment of the cycling community.
9) Self-tracking tools you can buy at the Apple Store: A pretty interesting look at all of the mostly health and fitness gadgets and gizmos that you can buy at the Apple Store to track yourself. Of course, just because you can buy it …doesn’t mean you should. Most of those products are fairly solid, but there are a couple ‘blah’ options in there.
10)A look at Garmin’s Android Strategy (and a crazy new Garmin watch): Some interesting thoughts on what may come up over the next few months in relation to Android and Garmin. Speaking of Garmin, and lacking anywhere else to stick it – I noticed their new sailing watch they announced this week, which is essentially just a different firmware for the Fenix ultra-running/hiking watch. All I kept asking myself is “Why couldn’t THAT team design the new Edge units?”. Folks – it can drive your boat from your watch. Drive.the.boat. You throw yourself overboard, and it’ll actually drive the boat back to you to pick you up. Seriously. C’mon, surely that type of innovation can make it to cycling, no?
11) Me, and a list of running blogs: I was listed among a list of 20 running blogs to read. Obviously, since you’re reading this, you already know of me. But there’s 19 other running blogs that are definitely worth checking out. Some of them I even already follow.
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 Introduces Training Plans: This happened last week, and is actually pretty cool. Essentially you can now browse through standard-issue training plans for major race types (i.e. 10K’s, marathons, etc…), and it’ll download those workouts to watches/units that support it. All for free.
iPhone App Updates this week (well, and last week, since I forgot to include those):
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 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.