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.
Wednesday: A Prague, Czech Republic Runaround
Deals of Note:
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)
2) A look at Endurance Coach Joe Friel: I found this interesting because it gets into the financial side of his business (specifics).
3) A One Man Peloton: A DCR reader is cycling across the country currently, and here’s his photo filled feed. Fun stuff, good luck Eric!
4) Engineering RunKeeper on iOS7: For the iOS app developers in the crowd, or just geeks, a good post by the the RunKeeper engineering team on the behind the scenes of the iOS7.
5) In Paris, Thefts and Vandalism Could Force Bike-Share to Shrink: It’s pretty astounding at just how many bikes are stolen from the Velib system here. (via WashCycle)
7) My Asics 2.0 provides adaptive training plans to runners on Android and iOS: Best I can tell, this is really just an app and not some additional technology in the shoes (though it does claim to have some sort of smart-coaching in it). However, long term I think we’ll continue to see convergence there (like we see with Adidas). (sent in by Ken)
8) Interbike Observations: A good piece from Greg over at Slowtwitch on how he approaches Interbike each year. Worth the read.
10) A detailed look at understanding and editing with GoPro footage: If you edit GoPro videos, this is absolutely worth the read. For everyone else, it might be a bit over the top.
11) Strava’s updates running app to use the M7 chip: Strava becomes the first app that uses the new iPhone 5s motion coprocessor chip (M7) to save battery life. Interesting read.
12) Photographer Embarks on 40,000km Bike Trek Around the World with His Camera: Well then, that makes my rides seem a bit inadequate. Cool stuff though, love the photos and tracker.
Crowd Funded Projects of Athletic Note:
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.
FORTIFIED: Bike Lights That Last Forever Interesting concept, but honestly it’s still something to charge. I love the units that illuminate based on magnets with the wheel.
FitTrip: The World From Your Gym. iPad software suite for training indoors.
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.
Garmin Fenix Firmware Update: The Fenix got a few minor updates including the ability to fully utilize the ANT+ Speed/Cadence sensor while indoors. Previously you couldn’t configure the wheel size. (via GPS Information)
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.
PowerTap Joule GPS User Guide Update: They’ve revamped quite a bit in this updated version, worthwhile read for Joule GPS users who may not be getting everything out of the unit today.
iPhone App updates this week:
iPad App updates & releases this week:
Android App updates this Week:
Windows Phone App updates this week:
(Nothing updated this week, but this was notable and new, per above mention about being first BT Smart app)
Thanks for reading!