Week in Review–February 9th, 2013


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.

Saturday: Week in Review–February 2nd, 2013
Monday: A weekend building a (cardboard) boat before the Super Bowl
Wednesday: CycleOps Virtual Training In-Depth Review

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 to make your own aerobar accessory holder: Forget paying $40 for an aerobar holder, here’s how to do it yourself Home Depot style (or, in France, LeRoy Merlin style).

2) A broader look at doping in sports today: A great article from ESPN on some recent (as in this season) pro athletes, and potential doping – and more importantly, the role traditional media plays in ignoring it.

3) Sochi installs Olympics rings for 2014, tickets go on sale Monday: For EU and US folks (and many others), individual tickets go onsale on Monday for the Winter Olympics that start about a year from now.

4) Op-ed from Jonathan Vaughters on changing the doping culture of cycling: Vaughters is the head of Team Garmin, and a ex-doper himself.  The piece is of even more note since Lance himself made his first tweet since Oprah yesterday, commending the piece.  Oh, and here’s a response from Gerard Vroomen (head of Cervelo).

5) Google Maps now has Ski Area Maps: Appropriate given I plan to do some skiing next week.  Though, regrettably it’s only some US/Canada resorts and not European ones.  Still, cool stuff!

6) How to edit your Training Peaks data: If you’re a TP user (Training Peaks, not Toilet Paper), then this little video tutorial might come in handy if/when you get some wonky or undesirable data into your activity file.

7) Speed-Graphic Photos of the London 2012 Olympics: Ok, so the Olympics was last year.  But these photos just surfaced now.  These were all shot old-school, no digital camera at all, that’s the camera (and the shooter) below.  Cool stuff.


8) Head of UCI sits down with Velonews: A worthy read, even if for no other reason than to remember the smell of BS in the morning…

9) Got a LeMond Revolution Trainer?  Wonder how accurate the PowerPilot is?  Well, here’s your answer.  Cool stuff.

10) Exiting the swim alive: Part one of a four part series on triathlon swim deaths.  Really good stuff and worth a read for any triathlete.

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?

TrainerRoad releases new beta: This increases performance, and for those with the Kinetic inRide, now displays a calibration ready message.

iPhone App Updates this week:




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  1. Victor

    I just went skiing last week and found the greatest thing ever. Check out the Maprika app. I think it would be better than google. It overlays your position on actual trail maps that have tons of detail. Plus you can make your own trail maps and anchor them to actual map coordinates. It works for even bike, run or hiking trails. It’s also a great way to track where your friends are during skiing especially if you get lost, trying to coordinate lunch or are just curious where they are. I had mine set to update my location every 5 mins and on for 8 hours after closing the app. Ran it from 8am to 4pm and my iPhone 4S battery life only ran down to 55%.