Week in Review–November 18th, 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 (it was a bit of a slower week than I anticipated, due to double-redeye flights and busy work hours).

Sunday: Week in Review–November 10th, 2013
A short weekend at home testing action cams…in the rain.
A Mexico to Israel via London Layover Airport Interval Runaround

Deals of note:

Garmin Edge 500 drops down to $199US: This is mostly a case of Garmin removing the product from the minimum advertised price listings.  Thus, the price now drops.  I wouldn’t expect any sort of Edge 500 replacement in the near-term (the Edge 510 was in theory supposed to do that less than a year ago).  Thus, consider this more just a good deal.  Like other products at this point in their lives, also don’t expect any further feature enhancements or major firmware updates (though, this did get one back in August for Vector additions).

Finally, note that the Edge 500 still qualifies for the DCR 10% discount off your entire order with Clever Training coupon code DCR10BTF.  You can support the site and pickup the unit via Clever Training with free US shipping here (links to package deal, select dropdown for $199 deal).

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) Introduction to riding on rollers: A good primer for those looking to introduce a bit more variability into their indoor training sessions.

2) Best little repair shop in Afghanistan: Pretty cool piece on soldiers in Afghanistan running a bicycle repair shop in their (limited) free time. (via Mister A.)

3) Team TBB & Cervelo dissolve partnership: This touches a number of high-profile athletes, but ultimately, Cervelo will still do individual sponsorships – so this likely affects the lesser known athletes rather than the better known ones.

4) 14-Year-Old Runs Marathon On Every Continent: What’s probably even more interesting is that she’s training as an aerial skier for the 2018 Olympics.

5) CycelOps sponsored athlete application now open for next season: In general, you’ll see a bunch of sponsorship applications open up over the next 2-6 weeks.  Further, if you’re looking for getting a coach for next season, or a team, now is the time on coaching, (you’re getting dangerously close to that window closing for many coaches).

6) 60-Minutes piece on GoPro: Definitely worthwhile for those interested in getting a bit of a behind the scenes look at how GoPro works.

7) The 2014 Olympics will not allow social media…well…no…wait, they will: Lots of confusion this past week with social media and the press at Sochi this year.  It seems mostly sorted out, but it still seems like some grey area exists.

8) GLONASS: Friend or foe? An interesting little test with lots of videos/pics on the accuracy of GLONASS (used in many new GPS units)  (via: GPSTrackLog)

9) WADA approves four-year ban for doping: Good to see the ban increase from 2-years, which also virtually guarantees an athlete won’t qualify for the next Olympics as well if caught. (Via CEOIronman Twitter)

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.

A Carbon Kickstand: Because one can never have too much carbon on a bike.  (via Mark T.)

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:

Wahoo Fitness releases Android beta: For those wanting KICKR control on Android, or access to other Bluetooth Smart sensors – this would be your answer!

RacerMate Adds ANT+ Heart Rate Strap Support: Well, it’s a start.

Garmin Edge 510 Firmware Update: The focal point here was mostly the addition of VIRB control, but a few other items snuck in as well.

Garmin Edge 810 Firmware Update: Again, same as the Edge 510 here, though more other items too.

Garmin VIRB Edit Software Updated: The Virb team is on a pretty good release cadence with updates to their software suite.

iPhone App Updates:

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Android App Updates:

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Windows Phone App Updates:

(No Windows App updates came across my phone this week for sports related apps)

Thanks for reading all!  Have a great week ahead!


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  1. G’day Ray from Australia, your week in review is the best, thankyou…I probably know the answer to my question…but last week you showed an update for Withings [after their last crap update] stopped my connection between phone an scales…but to date, have not received this update…I’m guessing it’s a rollout thing maybe, but there service backup leaves a lot to be desired…and I have to wait till we get notified by Google play…the same thing this week is the Ant+ update…hope you can help and make me a little less impatient thanks

  2. Jeff

    Too bad the 4yr ban doesn’t apply to Armstrong. A lifetime ban from pretty much all events is a little harsh in my opinion, even for all the crap he did and especially considering the company he was competing against during that time. I would love to see him, even at his age, compete in triathlons again.

  3. Matthew Player

    Curse you Ray! I’m going to have to dust off the rollers tomorrow morning!

  4. Harrison

    Fantastic article on the rollers. Much appreciation!

    Just borrowed a set from a cyclist friend. I’m on my second week of training break, which means I can do some light pool and cycling work. Wish me luck on the rollers!

  5. Brandon

    A heads up that the developer of the Viewer for Garmin Connect came out with a premium app last week. I saw it in the banner of the updated free version. I downloaded it and, while the initial version had some bugs, the developer has updated and the app is great. It’s worth a look, and for people who use GC regularly, worth the money. The dev got in contact with me when I complained about a release bug, and he accepted a few suggestions. Seems like a nice guy and really interested in improvements. Check it out.

  6. Richard Kaufmann

    That kickstand looks cool as heck, actually. If it works, great. If not, at least it’s a very clever and elegant design hack. (And I have enough faith in it working that I bought in.)

  7. Ken P

    Ray, stumbled across this clever indegogo project. Thought you might be interested.

    link to indiegogo.com