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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 and Facebook, 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.
As most regular readers know – my posts tend to ebb and flow with travel. This past week I was skiing in the Alps, so less posts. While this upcoming week will be overflow. An expansion of…posts, as it may be.
The DCR Podcast:
Here’s the low-down on what was covered this past week in the DCR podcast:
– Discussion of my first few days of a ski trip, and differences to North America
– Early thoughts on Air Dog drone after first use
– Stryd running power meter (and when Garmin will support it)
– Gathering resting HR data, and what to do with it
– The Gingerbread man
– Discussion of the motor-doping fiasco
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And MORE Podcasts!
This week two different podcasts aired that had me on as a guest. It just so happened both got published at the same time.
RunRunLive Podcast! – On this I chat with Chris Russell about me a bit, and then a lot about the history of sports technology, where it’s been, and where it’s going (you can just click the ‘Play’ button on that page).
Pace the Nation Podcast! – I catch up with the folks behind the running group (Pacers) that got my really into running, and also where I met The Girl.
So yes – tons of fun things to listen to for the week ahead!
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) GoPro confirms Hero5 arrival for later this year: However, don’t forget they also semi-announced an impending new 360° consumer action cam for “soon” back at CES in January. Plus you’ve got the latest GoPro Karma drone video from last week, below:
2) YouTube wants to start streaming 360° video: The most obvious use case I see for this is actually in races, on things like team cars (think Tour de France) or even the famous time check/split motos that tell the lead riders their leads.
7) Fitness trackers leaking private data? Some are, and some were. Interesting to see various companies identified that have reacted already. For example, Garmin released an update this weekend to address it. Yet you have to wonder why they ignored earlier calls from researchers and CBC when others reacted immediately pre-publishing. (via Oliver)
10) Measuring your sweat: Well then, at least something useful could be coming of that sweaty puddle below my trainer. (via Drew)
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.
Fitpal: It’s a sticker system that monitors your HR and other metrics for up to 5 days. It’s kinda like Ampstrip from a year ago but hopefully won’t bail on us backers before they ship. Regrettably, doesn’t look like it’ll have ANT+ support (so you wouldn’t be able to use it with ANT+ devices as a replacement HR strap).
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?
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 2021 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 Gear Guide too.