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.
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)$250,000 worth of Team Garmin bikes stolen:If you follow pro cycling, this is probably old news to ya. But for everyone else, pretty astounding story earlier this week causing the team to pull out of the Tour de Mediterranean. In unrelated news, Team Garmin orders 16 GTU10’s to mount under seats for future events…
4)A lot of people ask about Google Glass (the glasses): Here’s a not-so-detailed update from them. In my opinion, ignoring the massive price tag for the units, I don’t see it breaking into the sports side of things for a few years. But, like any big company – once they do break into that portion of the market, it’ll dramatically change things. Sorta like…
6) A look at the new Under Armor tracking body tracking system: Some cool stuff coming from UA. But also a bit of smoke and mirrors too. On one hand you have a company that definitely measuring interesting things and sending those interesting metrics to their iOS app. But on the other hand, despite lots of talk about doing it down the line in an open way (and bashing others for being closed), it’s all closed today. We know this for two reasons – namely that #1: There actually isn’t a standard yet to transmit any of the data types they talk about (except HR), and #2: They won’t specify a timeline for any open access to the data they’ve collected about you. Just callin’ it like it is…
8) ANT+ Updates Power Meter Profile for new PM’s: This new update helps products like the recently released Rotor PM have additional ANT+ metrics (Torque Effectiveness and Pedal Smoothness). Though, at the time there are no ANT+ head units to take advantage of them. Also of note is a few thoughts about it from the guy building his own power meter.
10)Picking a triathlon distance: Here’s a relatively straight forward (but helpful for new folks) article on deciding which triathlon distance you should pick for your race.
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 Swim adds large pool support: If you’re one of those lucky ducks with access to the massive 100m+ long pool outside of Vancouver, then you’re in luck! Garmin has updated the Garmin Swim firmware with a bunch of new items, including support for your digs. See list for remainder of items.
Garmin adds weather stats to Garmin Connect: At some point over the last couple weeks, Garmin added weather stats to GC. So now you get historical data for your activities (even from years ago). Kinda neat actually. They’ve added a bunch of other items, but I’m covering those in an upcoming post. (via Nathan)
Peripedal adds additional data fields: If you haven’t heard of Peripedal, it’s a software app that utilizes ANT+ sensors to display your indoor trainer information, as well as estimate power based on known power curves (and then broadcast this back out as a power meter over ANT+). Cool stuff.
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.