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 past week.
A few weeks ago Garmin made available the FR210/FR610 rebates, knocking off $25 and $50 respectively for the purchase of those units by the end of October.
I purposefully waited on making them noted here, given the FR220/FR620 watches were coming out. With the rebate value of only $25 (off $200) and only $50 (off $350), I personally wouldn’t take the deal unless you really need a watch this week and can’t wait a month for the newer units. Instead, I would purchase the FR220 or FR620. Especially if you were considering purchasing the FR620, I’d look at the lower price of the FR220 as a rebate in and of itself, since it has a slew of features that used to be reserved for the FR610 product (that the FR210 didn’t have).
Nonetheless, if you’d like to support the site – feel free to pickup the FR210 or FR610 using either of those links, plus remember to add in the DCR10BTF coupon code for 10% off your cart upon checkout and free US shipping. The rebate comes from Garmin after purchase.
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) Woman wins marathon, despite planning to run half-marathon: A pretty interesting story where a woman took a wrong turn missing the half-marathon finish, yet decided to keep on going along the marathon course. Mid-way through that fail, she got ahold of the race director and they cleared her to switch events and ultimately take the crown. The RD makes an appearance in the comments section that’s worth scrolling down to. (via Bia Twitter)
This is a bit of a new section. Most of this content used to be found within the main section, but I figured I’d just call it out up here and make it easy to find. I regularly sift through Kickstarter and Indiegogo (plus a few others on occasion) looking for sports projects. Note that as always with crowd funded projects, assume the project will be late and will under-deliver on features. Thus far, on the numerous products I’ve helped ‘fund’ (except a leather bike handle), that’s been the case.
Wind-Blox: Wind noise reduction thingy for your helmet. I didn’t personally realize this was an issue, but, to each their own. (Thanks to Eli for finding)
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 is even better) 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 updates: They’ve rolled out a new website in the past week, as well as launched a bunch of new cross plans.
Peripedal v2.0.0: This update removes the previous 8 ANT+ sensor limit, which in turn allows you to further increase multi-rider scenarios to a total of 8 concurrent users. It certainly seems to me like Peripedal is quietly working away on making itself a very viable ANT+ trainer multi-rider platform for classes/centers that previously used the CompuTrainer and are now looking at the Wahoo KICKR and other trainers that will be adopting the ANT+ trainer control profile.
4iiii’s Viiiiva Firmware Update: No link, just via the iPhone app. I did include a screenshot of the update down below though, albeit it’s impossible to read.
First Bluetooth Smart app for Windows Phones: Adidas released their MiCoach app onto some Nokia Lumia phones that allows you to connect to a Bluetooth Smart heart rate strap – the first BT Smart app that I know of on the Windows Phone platform.
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 2021 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 Gear Guide too.