Last Week in Review–July 5th, 2016


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–June 26th, 2016
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Tuesday: Turn by Turn Navigation Rolls out to Wahoo ELEMNT
Wednesday: First Look: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100–Now with power meter option
Thursday: All of the Giveaway Extravaganza Posts
Friday: The 2016 Annual Giveaway Extravaganza Winners!

It was a bit of a quiet week as I was travelling a bit and preparing posts for this upcoming week, for things being announced/etc…

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) Police officer tells cyclist to get off road and push bike: Yes, seriously.  But good news – it was caught on camera (on a Fly6 actually).

2) How to analyze a Tour de France power file: Pretty interesting little tidbits on what’s considered ‘normal’ and ‘beyond normal’ for an average TdF power file.

3) Tour de France started this year where bikes are banned: Interesting to know that tidbit, as I’ve been to it multiple times.  Also funny because when I was there a few weeks ago there was a group of 10-15 touring riders leaving the island.

4) Drones used to practice tennis game: I’m pretty darn certain the amount of time it would take to load up each tennis ball could be far better spent actually…practicing. But still, interesting to see creative uses of drone tech in sports.

5) 400KM of loops on Strava: Holy balls. As one who regularly does loops around Longchamp, this dude takes the cake on loopage.  Kinda like the Fat Cyclist 100 miles of nowhere event each year, except…250 miles of almost nowhere. (via Julien T. of ExpaTRIés Tri Club)

6) Cycloshield captures cars coming too close to cyclist: This is a super-cool idea, and one I expect to see others in the industry do (i.e. just combine a Garmin Varia Radar unit with a Garmin VIRB camera).  However, my main challenge with Cycloshield is that their Kickstarter timeframes are simply too far out. Never buy something on Kickstarter that’s already saying it’s a year out. That’s like 2-3 years in actual timeframes.

7) Beers with Starky: For those triathletes in the crowd, a well done interview chatting with Pro Triathlete Andrew Starykowicz about all sorts of topics.

8) Wanna get all geeky with your Misfit shine?  Now you can load custom firmware on it. Pretty neat. (via Ted).

9) The Huffy Walmart Challenge: What happens when a professional downhill mountain biker tests out a $179 Walmart mountain bike. (via Gear Junkie).

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 are 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?  Oh – and if you want to get a head start on things, this page is a great resource for watching Garmin firmware updates.

Polar rolls out TrainingPeaks connectivity/sync: Now you can sync your Polar goodness with your TrainingPeaks goodness…automatically.

Polar V650 Firmware Update: Addresses left-only power meter compatibility issues.

Suunto Ambit2 Firmware Updates: Fixes bike pod and HR pod connectivity (according to newsletter I received), Ambit3 updates coming this week. That said, the support pages don’t seem to be updated – so not quite sure 100% what’s going on there.

Garmin Vivoactive firmware update: Minor tweaks.

Garmin Vivoactive HR firmware update: Minor tweaks and additions.

Garmin FR735XT Firmware Update: Handful of new features (like emoji support!), and some fixes

Garmin Vector firmware update: All Vector variants received fix/tweak for LED status lights.

With that – thanks for reading!


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  1. likepend1

    link to moveslink.static.movescount.com

    Ambit3 got “3D-Distance” (needs Barometer, so no 3D-distance for the Sport version) – so if your workout includes TONS of vertical, it includes the elevation-change into the distance evaluation/calculation (not only 2D – latitude-longitue change).
    The difference is almost negligible: for a 10k (2D) run @18% – you get a “real-3D”-distance of 10160m.
    Nevertheless it’s a nice feature to play with!

  2. Tim Grose

    Blimey re Longchamp – it’s a segment up for grabs if you fancy 200+ miles! Only this person so far.
    link to strava.com
    You would be annoyed though if you did not do the same little start bit and so did not match…

  3. Adam

    after this ‘mandatory update’ on my Ambit2, I noticed even bigger problems with activity times.
    When it sync to strava (with tcx file) the difference was 3hours! (both strava’s and movescount locations are set correctly, movescount shows correct starting hour, strava shows +3h). When I deleted the activity on strava and uploaded manually gpx file from movescount, the difference was +1h – which is equal to what I always have (before firmware update).
    I really got lost where is the fault? Is it movescount generating tcx/gpx files? most probably since start hour on the service itself is ok (also on the device). I even created ticket in suunto’s support but they never looked into I am sure (standard stupid reply mail to clear cookies in my browser- WTF!!!!???).
    Anyway, has anyone else notice sthg like that?
    I am located in Greece and my friend using Ambit2s experiences the same story.

    • Nate

      I’m off by five hours with my Ambit3 Peak. Strava said it’s “a known issue,” and that they’re working on it with Suunto.

    • Adam

      sorry to hear that, but nice that I am not alone :-P
      normally I wouldnt really care so much about such detail, but 2 things are a bit annoying:
      1. I often runlate at night (starting 10-11pm), so +1hrs (and +3 for sure) changes the date of the run! Which I dont like in log view :-/
      2. I like to compare in details races that I do with my friends and using flyby for this makes it super easy. But when I am 1( or 3) hrs behind it’s useless and I have to do it ‘manually’.

    • Axel

      same issue with upload in Runalyze: start time is now + 2 hours; prior to moveslink2 update there was no difference to time in Movescount.

  4. Sam

    ‘Last’ week of review? Is this the last one you’re doing?

  5. DMR

    DCR should definitely get a free pass on all typos, grammatical errors, etc, this week. He might just be a little short of sleep and somewhat distracted!

    link to instagram.com

    Huge congrats to Ray and The Girl!


    • BartW

      Just saw the message on Twitter and went here for the full story, nothing yet.


    • Mike Richie

      Congratulations to you and the Mom! When can we expect the in-depth review or at least first impressions? Although I can tell from the picture, this one will be a winner!

    • Neil Glessner

      Full reviews, especially something as complicated as a baby take a while. I hope for everyone’s sake there’s not an exhaustive unboxing section!!!

  6. Robert Black

    I had the same email from Suunto, quite disappointing that there was no additional details about the firmware update. I could have had a peak with hr for £210 delivered. Oh well roll on tomorrows release of the Spartan Ultra/Racer/Trainer

  7. Matthew B.


    Do you happen to testing the Suunto Spartan Ultra? If so, are you able/allowed to give us any impressions of the device?


  8. Steve

    The vivoactive-update suxs. do no install that crap and wait for update. see garmin forum.

  9. Matthew

    Grats on the new edition. Way to get the love of The Tour started early.

  10. John

    Re: Combine “Garmin Varia Radar unit with a Garmin VIRB camera”. I’ve been asking Garmin to make this happen some their radar unit was announced? A proverbial match made in Olathe. Any chance you can ask what the holdup is?

  11. John

    Oh, and congrats to you and The Girl on the new bundle of joy!


  12. Robert B.

    Congratulations both, Tis awesome. Enjoy this special time because at some point she’ll be borrowing the Fenix 12 just as you want to run long lol

  13. Alan Farnes

    I rode my bike out to Mont Saint Michel yesterday and I was allowed to get pretty close before being asked to stop and walk it on the way there. On the way out I was forced to ride on the wood deck for a little bit but I could ride at least. I don’t think the “ban” (that’s a bit harsh to describe the situation) is too bad. Really it’s more common sense that where there’s thousands of pedestrians it’s probably a good idea to stop and walk. Just like it’s probably not a good idea to ride through a city center. So I didn’t find it too offensive aside from being told not to ride on the road but on the wood deck instead.

  14. Ann

    Congratulations to you and The Girl on your new addition! She is beautiful !

  15. Jim

    NSW police in Australia have a particularly bad reputation for not being bike friendly. That’s not really going to help.

    • slartiblartfast

      I would agree NSW police do not have a cyclist friendly reputation. Nonetheless the video looks as though it was on the Moss Vale Road on a long weekend. There is obviously a lot of holiday traffic on a two laned road with a narrow shoulder. What the patrolman said about finding a safer place and time to ride is quite correct.

      On another subject congratulations to Ray and The Girl!

    • Damian Halloran

      Gimme a break!! When is it ever a good time to ride on the road, especially in NSW or so I’ve heard since I don’t live there? Hey we’re all guessing aren’t we: “looks as though it was on a long weekend”. This is a case where local and state road authorities need to assess the lack of a proper shoulder and fixing the roads.

    • slartiblartfast

      If you listen to the video the long weekend is mentioned. As well the date of the recording (June 12th) was a long weekend. Both the cyclist and the policeman agree that the traffic is a lot heavier than usual. Common sense would suggest that choosing a quieter road or another day would be safer. In the longer term it would be great if this road and all busy two lane highways everywhere were built with a proper road shoulder.

  16. Ola

    Congratulations! Probably just as well that the delivery wasn’t made on July 14th – would probably have been a bit chaotic with everything else going on then!! (plus that I’d like to keep that day for myself ;-) )

  17. Tommies

    Congratulation for your new full time job.
    Exhausting but marvelous ;-)

  18. Eli

    Seems like Garmin is teaming up with LifeQ: link to ventureburn.com

    Wonder if that is just post analysis or on device too

  19. Lex

    With the Vivoactive firmware update, my active stopped recording my sleep properly. Basically if I’m not running backward and forward, apparently, I’m in deep sleep. Lodged a ticket, but was this ANYONE elses problem as well?

  20. Jac

    Congrats to you and The Girl! And welcome to… The Baby? The Little Girl? The Wee Lass? In any event, hope the entire family is doing well!