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:
Sunday: The Apple Watch Waterproofing Extravaganza: Swim, High Diving, Test Chamber
Tuesday: The Garmin FR225 with optical heart rate: Everything you ever wanted to know
Wednesday: Strava news of note: Fitbit integration & Local Routes
The DCR Podcast:
A new podcast went up this past week (as usual now)! But, perhaps more interesting, over the last week or two we’ve rocked the iTunes charts – eventually hitting the Top 5 for ‘New and Noteworthy’ podcast category, as well as hitting the tops of the charts on the ‘Tech’ podcast category. Double down!
This week’s podcast includes:
– My solution for 50 women to Kona
– Using a GPS watch for 30hrs+ ultra runs
– Getting power on mountain bikes
– …and more!
Thanks for listening! Subscribing and rating in iTunes is much appreciated, and be sure to send in your questions via the voice mail widget at the bottom of the podcast page!
Clever Training Sports Tech Deals: Garmin FR220, FR620, Fenix2, Saris/CycleOps Trainers/Racks
As is usually the case, we see Garmin fitness devices sales this time of year. And, given all the various new products, seeing these slightly older products hit the sale train makes sense:
Garmin FR220: Down to $175 including rebate ($249 normally > $199 on sale > $25 mail-in rebate = $175)
Garmin FR620: Down to $299 including rebate ($399 normally > $349 on sale > $50 mail-in rebate = $299)
Garmin Fenix2: Down to $239 ($399 normally > $239 on sale)
If you click on any of those links, you can also see the heart rate bundles too, as well as the various colors/versions. Note that the DCR Clever Training discount is not eligible on the Garmin items, though the free shipping is.
Additionally, you’ve got Saris/CycleOps getting into the action, this time with the DCR reader discount still eligible (plus free shipping):
And free shipping on all those items too! PowerTap items are not eligible for this sale.
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) Pro Triathlete tracks Timex One GPS+ watch (has 3G cell chip inside) after it gets stolen: You’ll remember that this watch broadcasts your position in real-time, continuously. Pretty awesome read. (And yes, I’m working on a review of it)
2) TRS Radio does full day of live YouTube interviews at Ironman Texas: This is probably the single most impressive live-interview session we’ve seen in triathlon in as long as I can remember. Some 6+ hours of live broadcast interviews with the sport’s top pros, all live streamed to YouTube. Very cool. Full playlist below.
3) First solar bike path generating more than expected: Pretty nifty, though I’m not quite sure that 230ft equaling only one house’s power consumption for a year is the best ratio – but ya gotta start somewhere.
4) Hyperlapse launched for stabilizing action cam footage: While we saw the demos a long while back, you can now download the desktop app (or mobile app) and run your own action cam footage through it.
5) London’s Boris Bike gets app that allows you to pay via app: Nice, would love to see pay via phone also come to the Paris Velib system as well (currently we can just search availability). This type of thinking is ideal for getting tourists to use the platform.
6) Afghan Girls forbidden from riding bikes are now skateboarding: Where there’s a will, there’s a way. So awesome. (via Jon Ostrower)
7) Amateur doping in Australia – a personal story: Here’s a look from the non-professional side of the sport, with the article written by the doper himself.
8) Italy’s Giro action cam footage in one easy spot! I like when people make things simple. Here’s all the on-bike action cam footage found on Velon’s page.
10) Questions arise over how Pennsylvania Dad qualified for Boston: This story seems to have simmered down from a week or two ago – anyone know if there’s been further detail since? (Side note, it’s a really good piece by Runners World on it).
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.
Lily: Lots of you sent this in to me. I’d urge you to watch the video, it’s pretty cool. But it goes to ‘crazy cool’ status when it gets dropped in the water. Now, while I did lay out some cash to back it – I actually don’t recommend others do the same. First off, their timelines are just way too far out. Second, their tests with various media outlets last week didn’t go well (none of them). Third, they aren’t using a common crowd funding platform, but rather going with their own site – which gives you far less visibility into where they stand (or others to band up with down the road). Fourth, much of the footage shown in the video appears from a gimbal and appears to be too good to be true for this unit’s specs. Still, the water part sold me (:55s into video).
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?
Zwift goes open-beta: You no longer need to wait to use Zwift, it’s now in open beta. In addition, they’ve expanded the map set a bit as well.
Epson site update: Meant to post this a week or two ago, but Epson has now enabled Strava transfer.
Sport Tracks releases new PR timeline: That’s a pretty nifty way of showing PR’s. Much better than others that are just ‘here’s your top PR’. Oh, and they released a crapton of other stuff too (just read their post).
Garmin Time Zone update: A bunch of Garmin watches got timezone updates over the last week or so, so you might have seen those show up recently.
Thanks for reading!