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:
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend in Côte d’Azur
Monday: GoPro announces new HERO+ LCD camera (oh, and a drone too!)
Tuesday: Tacx Rolls out open ANT+ Trainer Profile support, Zwift/TrainerRoad/Kinomap follow
Thursday: Hands-on with Polar’s new M450 GPS cycling computer
The DCR Podcast:
Here’s the low-down on what was covered this past week in the DCR podcast:
– My initial thoughts on the Polar M450
– Some thinking on SRAM wireless shifting
– Which activity trackers to get
– Automatic lap by position
– Some opinions on the new GoPro products
– The Girl and my potential appearance on the Amazing Race
– And a whole bunch more…
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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) Jawbone sues Fitbit over stealing data: I find this one funny, because honestly, I’m not really sure why Fitbit would want to steal anything from Jawbone. Further, I’d certainly not consider Jawbone “Fitbit’s biggest competitor”. Lastly, in the tech world, competitive companies “contacting” other companies workforce is completely normal. Which isn’t to say that those employees that switched teams then didn’t violate agreements. Hopefully Fitbit has such policies in place like most tech companies that are clear about using previously confidential information from competitors.
2) How to get more women’s racing on TV: The challenges and the opportunities: Definitely worth a read on why exactly it’s not quite as easy as it might seem, unfortunately.
3) Understanding the Peak-End rule and remembering painful workouts: A quick but interesting little piece on how the brain might selectively remember certain portions of your workouts. (via Steve Magness)
4) A bit more about my Alpe d’Huez ride from an outsider: While you’ll see my Alpe d’Huez post up tomorrow when I land, in the meantime another European journalist (and DCR reader) discusses (in French) his run-in with me…and a few pics. You can use Google Translate to easily translate the post (simply paste his link in there)…or just look at the photos.
6) The Top 20 Cycling Cities Worldwide: Only one US city made the list, but it’s probably worth pointing out that Copenhagen takes the top spot…and the list is from a Copenhagen based firm (though I don’t disagree with that assessment per se). However, I’m not sure I’d agree with some of the specific ranking of European cities within that Top 20 (having been to and ridden in most of them on the list). (via Martin di Caro)
7) A Garmin ANT+ Stick In-Depth Review (DCR In-Depth Review Parody): Definitely some points to be awarded here.
8) Chinese Bike Racing Film Trailer: Really, you won’t regret this 90 seconds of your Monday (unlike the remaining nearly 24 hours of Monday). My favorite bit: The sound effects when shifting.
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.
(Hmm…I’m going with not much of interest to me here this week, again. A few semi-bike related things out there, and even a drone that had a fish-finder built in– but nothing core sports tech that I thought was really worthwhile.)
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?
Polar M400 adds smart notifications: Long awaited, good to see now implemented on iOS (Android soon)
Garmin VIRB Edit update: This adds yet another crapton of new features, including support for the VIRB X/XE (though, lots not impacting). I’m still waiting for the day it’ll support multiple camera videos (i.e. 2-4 cams at once). Oh, and higher resolution outputs.
TrainerRoad adds new plans, filters: Plus the Tacx support I noted in my other main post.
Thanks for reading!