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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. Sorry, been a bit slammed this past week or two with travel:
Here’s the low-down on what was covered this past week in the DCR podcast:
– My initial thoughts on the GoPro Hero4 Session after a week of use – A few more thoughts on the Garmin VIRB X/XE as it starts shipping – Power meter advice for those that routinely switch bikes and travel – A few snippets on the Watteam PowerBeat power meter – Getting data overlays from non-Garmin devices to the VIRB cameras – My ‘rules’ for uploading YouTube videos with bike camera data – Replaying action cam video back to control your trainer
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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) Tour de France Froome Data Leak Analysis: If I were to specify one point that might demark the unraveling of a long story that’ll take months to play out – I’m going to guess this point is it. Without question a must-read for anyone who follows pro cycling.
4) New Toyota Tacoma comes with a GoPro mount: Though, in looking at it – it seems kinda a lame location. Ideally it would have been much cooler to have one low down near the front and rear bumpers. Anyone can stick one onto the windshield in 15 seconds.
6) Tour de France Power File Analysis: That’s week two, plus the first week is here. There’s also a crapton of athletes uploading to Strava – though I’m not seeing an obvious landing page consolidating these (I get a daily PR e-mail of the 10-20+ files uploaded each day).
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.
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 Flow updates and new features: Lots of new little items on both the website and app. See their updates page for all the details (PS: Why don’t more companies have an updates blog? Seems like the best way to broadcast new awesomeness.)
You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.