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.
Sunday: Week in Review–April 3rd, 2016
Tuesday: A Weekend Skiing in Les Arcs
Wednesday: Trying Out The New NUT-R Wheel Action Cam Mount
Thursday: Garmin slashes Vector pricing & adds Shimano pedals, Edge 25/810/Varia Radar & PowerPod on Sale
Sports Tech Hot Deal Reminder (ends Apr 16th):
A bunch of stuff hit this week, but the gist of it is:
A) Garmin Vector2 now has a Shimano pedal compatibility upgrade kit you can get for $99.
B) Garmin Vector2’s price was also cut to $999USD (for Vector 2), and $599USD (for Vector 2S)
C) Garmin has on sale the Edge 25, Edge 810, Edge 810 Bundle, and Varia Radar (rear)
D) PowerPod (not a Garmin product) is also on sale, from $299 down to $249
Full details in my post covering it all here.
New YouTube Videos This Week!
A few of these were covered in existing posts, but some I uploaded after the fact:
Skiing with active tracking mode on DJI Phantom 4 (how it all works):
NUT-R Test Ride Around Paris
The DCR Podcast:
Here’s the low-down on what was covered this past week in the DCR podcast:
– Chatting about my upcoming trip to Sea Otter this week (big bike event)
– Which software/app to analyze heart rate data
– Whether or when Garmin will add multi-device activity tracking like Fitbit
– Competing in your first triathlon
– Most impactful sports tech device created in last 10-15 years
– How to fake-out Strava when weightlifting
– Some more people from the UK called
– Breadcrumbs and trails
– Troubleshooting trainer accuracy issues
– Zwift and trainer app thoughts
Actually…There were two podcasts in the last week, so definitely check out episode 39 as well (same link).
Wait – there’s more! This week we’re doing a special women’s-only caller episode, so let’s get some ladies’ questions in there. Or rather, questions from ladies. I suppose it could be about ladies too though, if you wanted.
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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) Swim…Bike…Cheat: While this story is well known within triathlon circles, it’s finally made it big time! Up to the New York Times for an impressively detailed piece on the Julie Miller cheating (course-cutting) scandal.
2) Strava’s doping problem: A very solid piece by Jim Gourley. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure why Strava pretends that they can’t remove KOM’s here. They’ve done that for all sorts of infractions (heck, even including certain bike equipment), or when they believe someone has cheated. They make that decision on a daily basis, over and over again. This is no different. As Jim noted, if people think Strava stops mattering, they’ll stop spending money on it.
3) More thoughts on the Shimano-VeloNews kerfuffle: Now I’d point out that I actually think when properly used, embargoes are good for the industry, media and consumers. However, that doesn’t contradict with spyshot/rumor type stories either (mainstream press manage this just fine). Time-based embargoes are valuable in reporting because it allows a publication to put together a more accurate piece, and usually a deeper more substantive piece (often with hands-on access to better form opinions). The alternative is simply re-transmitting press releases with no hands-on time. At which point, you’re effectively just a marketing arm.
4) Fitbit might have saved a guys life: Pretty impressive story, on so many levels. It would be interesting to know if this tidbit ever comes up on-record during likely upcoming deliberations in the class-action lawsuit around using a Fitbit as a medical device. (via Mario K.)
5) Frenchman plans SUP crossing of ocean: Put me down on this list of things I’d never desire to do.
6) Another power meter on the market on Kickstarter: This sorta looks like LIMITS and WatTeam had a baby. Price in USD is about $370. I have not tried it.
7) When you just want to look at pretty bicycling pictures: Love it when CyclingTips does their Road Tripping series. This time around Wellington.
8) Speeding tickets for mountain bikers: Yes, seriously.
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?
Basis Peak adds music control and other tidbits: Nice to see this continue to get updates.
Polar Loop/Loop 2 firmware update: Minor fixes and one additional notification message.
Garmin Fenix3/HR/Tactix Brava/Quatix 3 BETA firmware update: More new features/fixes/tweaks, including the ability to check out your EPO status. Woot!
With that – thanks for reading!