Week in Review–November 9th, 2014

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 in the past week:

Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page of DCRainmaker.com this past week:

Saturday: Week in Review – November 1st, 2014
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend in Thailand
Wednesday: My Winter 2014-2015 Bike Trainer Recommendations
Thursday: Garmin Forerunner 920XT In-Depth Review

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) 44-Year-Old Mother of Six Shatters Beer Mile World Record: Because yes, this is the most important story in the endurance sports world this week.

2) Men of Triathlon Calendar Returns for 2015: For those unfamiliar and within the sport of triathlon, you’ll want to ensure you’re ready for later this month.  Or, you could potentially enter too.

3) Didi the Devil set to retire: Bummer indeed, surprising that someone like The Tour simply doesn’t pay him.

4) Feedback for Active.com: A nice roll-up of ‘feedback’ on some of the less-awesome things Active.com does. (via Chipper N.)

5) App automatically creates highlight reel from GoPro footage:  Kinda a neat idea. I haven’t had a chance to try it  – sounds interesting though.

6) What happens when you attach a Fitbit to a cat: Seriously, it’s hilariously data detailed. (via Jared H.)

7) On Board Cameras at the UCI Road World Championships: A good little snippet on how the UCI is using the action cams, as well as the different mounts and ways they’re looking to leverage them. Good to see moving forward on this.

8) Analysis: Why cycling needs to improve its TV product: A good follow-up to the previous note on adding cameras and much more to the peloton. (via Neal Rogers)

9) Astronauts put GoPro in water bubble: Simply because they can.

10) Kevin Costner stars in upcoming film about Cross Country runners: The title pretty much says it all. (via Steve Magness)

Crowd Funded Projects of Athletic Note:

I regularly sift through Kickstarter and Indiegogo (plus a few others on occasion) looking for sports projects.  If you’re unfamiliar with projects, read my detailed post on how I decide which projects I personally back.  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.

(Nothing of interest this week)

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 FR920XT Firmware Update: Mostly minor fixes for the FR920XT.

Garmin Edge 810 and 510 Beta Firmware: Lots and lots of fixes, a few minor adds in preparation for upcoming Di2 & Garmin Segment options.  Plus some other data fields and tweaks.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. James E

    I just wan’t to say I love the return of this feature. This is what changed me from using you as a reference when needed to being a regular reader. Thanks for bringing it back.

  2. Paul Frylink

    RE: Beermile – Finally, something I might be good at…

  3. Navnit Ranjan

    Thanks for sharing cool stuff, its always interesting.

  4. Brody

    Fitbit and cat… 2 THUMBS UP!

    These post are crack for ADHD…..

  5. Ryan Richard

    Ray just wondering what your thoughts were on Jawbone’s new UP3 with bioimpedance heart rate tracking. Will the accuracy compete with the current technology?

  6. Bill Murray

    My wife loves Kevin Costner, I live the running. Already Looking forward to us foisting the kids off on one of our neighbors and seeing McFarland in the cinema when it rolls through ireland ;-))

  7. ChrisCap

    bicycle racing doesn’t need any of those things. it needs to get more normal people involved. there is no such thing as a 5k for cycling. even a fairly athletic person is going to be left in the dust at a race. i can run half marathons and marathons in crowds of people and feel a great sense of community, but show up at a bicycle race and be completely outclassed with the entire field being nothing but elite athletes. imagine if only kenyans were running marathons!

  8. Tim

    I agree with James E. please keep the week in reveiw going, as it what made me check your website weekly. Sorry to be rude but find your random things I did on the weekend not very entertaining – it’s more of a personal blog rather than great info you get from week in reveiw.

    • This has always been a personal blog since the very first post. That’s unlikely to change.

    • David

      And I’ll counter Tim by saying that some of my favorite posts are your random weekend posts and assorted things about the bakery. Those posts are invariably well-written, and they make you seem, well, human. I would also *hope* that they would serve to remind your would-be critics that you’re just a normal guy who loves his wife and runs around doing random things on weekends like anybody else (just wait until there are little rainmakers!).

  9. David

    Something for next week?
    link to cbc.ca
    It’s cycling related. I wonder if they posted that ride to Strava?

  10. Ian

    I can’t believe you missed the announcement of the first adult film shot by drone, ‘Drone Boning’!!! (Not going to Provide a link, and feel free to delete a this comment!)

  11. Ian

    Didn’t the fenix 2 get a gps update this week? And I also noticed a vector update but that might have been an earlier one I missed :)

    By the way I love the personal posts on the blog – makes the site so much more entertaining and gives stories and human interest around the sports tech. But I guess you already know that – just wanted to offer my support.