Week in Review–October 26th, 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 past week.

Sunday: Week in Review–October 19th, 2013
Initial thoughts on the new Adidas Smart Run GPS watch
Garmin Tactix In-Depth Review
A lunchtime Greek getaway openwater swimaround
Photo of the day (of the run): Old man fishing naked

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) Wildebeest herd nearly takes out man during running race: The man was racing the Impi Elite, which is sorta like one of the various Mud Run style events – but run in South Africa. Unreal video, starting about 1/2 way through. (via Andrew S.)

2) The 2014 Tour de France Route Announced: Here’s a good overview post of the key stages as well as route, etc…  Here’s the far more detailed dive into the 2014 route.

3) Simon Whitfield retires from competition: While he retired from Olympic-distance triathlons last year, he announced this week retirement from competitive sport.  Another look at some photo highlights.

4) Nokia joins phone step-counter game: Nokia is the latest phone vendor to add step-counting to base apps loaded with their latest Windows Phone, and will introduce it early next year.

5) A North Korea Bike Race: I somehow missed this before, but stumbled on an article linking to it from this week. Interesting.

6) Early short-edition of Kona TV coverage: This is a shorter 26-minute variant of much of the HD chopper/full production crew footage that you’ll eventually see on the NBC cut (WTC contracts with NBC to produce the special each year, similar to a paid infomercial).  This was apparently for Australian markets over the past few days. (Via Jay Prasuhn)

7) 82-year old man runs marathon, sets new time record: Apparently this guy’s name needs to be added to those shirts that people wear during marathons with goal times to beat like Oprah’s. Must-run-faster than 82-year old!

8) Forget Hotel Room Service…Order a Bike: This is awesome, I need to stay at some of these hotels.  You can actually get a bike to ride while a guest. (via Wahoo Fitness Twitter)

9) Swimming in urban decay: Eerie images of Britain’s forgotten pools left derelict after the Victorian golden age of public bathing . (Thanks Woody!)

10) Doping Sport Racing Pigeons: See, it’s not just limited to cycling and other standard ESPN sports programming.

Deals worth noting: Suunto and Garmin

Just as a heads up/reminder, the Garmin FR210 and FR610 have rebates through mid-next week (when they end). For the FR210 you get $25 off, and for the Garmin FR610 you get $50 off.  These are combinable with the Clever Training discount code that gets you 10% off (the 10% is of course applied to the retail price, the rebate comes later).  The coupon code for that is DCR10BTF and you get free US shipping on either unit.

Garmin FR210 In-Depth Review [Link to Clever Training]

Garmin FR610 In-Depth Review [Link to Clever Training]

The Garmin PDF rebate form can be found here.

In addition to the Garmin sale, Suunto has also discounted all their Ambit 2’s by 15-20% (except Sapphire).  This is less than the much steeper Clever Training exclusive discounts you saw a few weeks ago, but, is better than no discounts.  Note that the DCR 10% coupon does not work here, but free shipping applies.  And, in this case if you use the links below it helps support the site.

Ambit 2/2s In-Depth Review

Links to all the variants:

Suunto Ambit2 S (no HR strap included)
Suunto Ambit2 S (with HR strap)
Suunto Ambit2 (no HR strap included)
Suunto Ambit2 (with HR strap)

eBay DCR Gadget Collections:

I know many of you shop via eBay instead of traditional retail channels.  So I’ve collaborated with eBay this holiday season to put together collections related to sports gadgets.  I’ll be adding to these as the slew of new devices hitting the shelves over the next couple weeks start showing up, but here’s a bit of a peek into the collections (a total of 12 are coming).

Sports Smartphone Accessories

Cycling Power Meters

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.

Angel – the first open sensor for health and fitness: A pretty interesting little activity/HR/etc tracker.  The April 2014 timeframe has me worried though, that’s a bit far out and implies lots of unknowns still.  That said, pretty cool technology. (via Eli)

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?

Site/Firmware Updates:

PeriPedal v2.1.0 Released: New Workout History Screen, PR Tracking, improved KICKR support, .FIT file changes, bug fixes, UI changes.

Polar Beat App released to more markets: In addition to the changes noted below in the Apps section, it was also released to a number of international markets.  Details in the link.

iPhone 5s Calibration issue has been fixed: This was referred to in the previous two weeks worth of updates, which impacted some sensors.

iPhone App Updates:

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iPad App Updates:


Android App Updates:

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Windows Phone App Updates:

(No Windows Phone sports-related app updates on my phone)

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  1. Tommy

    I think it the Tough Mudders and Spartan Races in the US want to compete on a global level they are going to have to add animal obstacles like the wildebeests! Maybe rampaging squirrels, a herd of wild raccoons, let the imagination run wild!

  2. Re: hotels having bikes to use…I’m not sure if they still do it, but the Mauna Lani resort in Hawaii used to have Speed Concepts you could check out, maybe even other Trek bikes.

  3. Tim

    The Angel monitor would make a killer HR monitor if it had ant + Garmin please buy this company and do away with chest straps. please, please.

  4. Sebastian Fainbraun

    The iPhone calibration issue has NOT been fixed. My phone, and every one else I know with a 5s still has issues. My level is closer, on a flat table it went to 1 degree from 3. But it should still read 0. I’m not the only one.

  5. Eli

    I believe nokia has been working with Adidas on using their micoach app on their phone

  6. Eli

    Smart u lock earlier (communicates over bluetooth to phone) and now a smart cable lock: link to kickstarter.com