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:
Monday: Week in Review–November 18th, 2013
Tuesday: Swimming, Riding, and Running (and sightseeing) our way around Israel
Thursday: Withings Pulse In-Depth Review
Friday Morning: What the acquisition of MapMyFitness by Under Armour really means for the industry
Friday Afternoon: Florence Marathon Packet Pickup Complete!
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:
2) Surviving the Australian Institute of Sport’s Cycling Selection Camp: A well photographed and put together piece from one athlete on getting through the military-style boot-camp.
3) Rev3 coming to Morgantown, WV next year: Everything from a 5K run to a spring, Olympic and half-distance triathlon
4) Wardian Runs 2:31, 2:57 Marathons In One Day (that’s two marathons…one day): One of DC’s well known elite runners first ran (and won) the San Antonio Marathon, then flew to Vegas and ran the Las Vegas marathon that same night. (via Noah Chandler Hawk)
5) Caffeine and Cycling: Social Accessory or Performance Enhancer? Lots of good stuff from CyclingTips this week, including this piece diving into caffeine and some testing done around performance enhancement.
6) Inside the TeamBBB splitup: A worthwhile read…if for no other reason than to understand how not to do things.
8) Being the new guy to Pro Cycling Camp: A pretty interesting look at what it’s like to arrive at the season kickoff training camp.
9) Don’t quite understand a wheel from a tire? Here’s a good primer on wheel basics. Everything you ever wanted to know about that region of your bike from spike to nipple.
10) Eat, Play, Love: Five Surprising Facts About Thanksgiving: A fun chart-filled post about Thanksgiving eating habits and what it’ll take to burn them off in various situations.
From the department of random things:
Sent to me by my friend Bruce, note the name: Roboray. Brilliant!
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.
Race Dots: Ok, these are actually pretty cool looking (assuming they work as well as stated). Basically, they hold your bib on for running/cycling races without the need for pins. (Thanks to the many that sent in!)
BublCam: This is cool, but I wouldn’t touch it with a 10ft pool. I think because it violates an internal rule I have about buying Kickstarter projects where the date is more than 6 months out, combined with buying audio/video projects in a market where new cameras come out every 6-12 months from every company. Way too much churn to buy this type of product off of Kickstarter with that late a delivery date (before typical Kickstarter delays).
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?
Garmin Edge 800 Firmware Update: In a bit of an unexpected move, the Edge 800 got not only VIRB support, but extended Garmin Vector support.
Garmin FR10 Firmware Update: This is simply listed as ‘changes for manufacturing’, which generally means some tiny component inside may have been changed. No visible end-user changes.
Garmin Virb/Virb Elite: Mostly just bug fixes.
Leikr Firmware Update: This update appears to address items related to connectivity to servers for downloading satellite data. (Update note came via e-mail, no link)
Suunto Ambit 2/2s Firmware Update: This update focuses primarily on an indoor swimming bug, as well as a display contrast issue.
CycleOps releases VirtualTraining for Android: This was actually last week or so, but I think I missed it.
Windows Phone Apps:
(There were no updates to Windows Phone sports-related apps on my phone this week)
Thanks for reading!