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–August 7th, 2016
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Wednesday: GoPro’s New Cycling Handlebar & Seat Rail Mounts: In-Depth Review
Thursday: TrainingPeaks adds Strava Segment Integration
Friday: A DCR August Wahoo KICKR Giveaway!
YouTube videos of note:
Woah! I’ve been rockin’ the Tube. YouTube that is (not the London Tube). So lots of stuff here to share! I’ve got a pile of interesting YouTube ideas for the next few weeks. I’m trying to find the balance for videos like these that don’t take me at max more than 45-60mins to produce (including shooting/editing/etc…). Once I get beyond that, my video skills just take me too long.
In any case – enjoy! Oh, and you can subscribe on YouTube here, so you get notifications instantly when I publish new stuff.
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) Screening 20,000 Olympic photos per day: This is this man’s job. It’s mind-boggling.
2) Riding the barrier in the velodrome in Rio: This will likely be the most impressive cycling thing you’ll see at this Olympics – so definitely take note of Laurine van Riessen’s astounding bike skills. Amazing pic here too. (via Matt)
3) Mountain biking trail turned into photo gallery: Perhaps it’s just me, but when I’m mountain biking – I’m generally more concerned about not hitting a tree than pondering the nuances of art. But I’m sure I’m doing it wrong. Obviously I need to become more cultured.
4) GoPro’s Omni Rig starts shipping on Wednesday: Only requires 6 GoPro Hero4 Black cameras for 360° footage. Well, I’m 1/3rd of the way there. Better than 1/6th the way there, right? Maybe they’ll loan me one, so I can show whether it’s appreciably better than solutions that cost a fraction of it. Would be interesting to do side by side. Of course, the real magic of this system would be the software side of it (though, it has some hardware portions that make it easier than DIY solutions).
5) Why someone thinks Intel should buy Jawbone for their fitness app: This piece fundamentally misunderstands why people like Basis as hardware and the platform, and continues the confusing tech-media love-fest for Jawbone’s fitness app….which isn’t really all that different/better than that of other activity trackers these days.
6) This is why there are so many ties in swimming: It’s rare that you find a half-way decent Deadspin article on sports, but this is really interesting and well done. (via Bruce Lane)
7) A Triathlete’s Guide to Rio: Here’s how it’ll all work in a few days for the triathlon event.
8) Paddle share, like bike-share but with kayaks: Though beware, it’s not cheap! Still, gotta start somewhere. I wish I could paddle in Paris proper. :( Had to leave my kayaks behind in DC when I moved over.
9) The Wrong Track – Understanding the Canadian Olympic system: Pretty interesting read, especially on how Canada essentially gives up Olympic slots if they don’t think they’ll medal. (via Steve Fleck)
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.
Garmin Vivoactive HR firmware update: Floor related bug fix.
Garmin Vivoactive firmware update: It can now control Spotify, among other things.
Garmin Vivosmart HR: Crapton of updates, including adding MoveIQ. But seriously, just go look at the huge list.
Garmin FR735XT firmware update: Adds muscle oxygen support, Strava Live segment support, and ability to broadcast HR during an activity (woot!). More on both the SMO2 & Strava things later in the week.
Garmin FR920XT firmware update: Updated Connect IQ app support, other bug fixes.
Garmin Edge 820 firmware update: Same as Edge 1000/520, but with additional bug fixes.
Garmin VIRB X & XE firmware update: Minor tweaks.
Suunto Spartan Ultra firmware update: This got an update this week, but I’m not quite sure what’s in it, and it’s not yet listed on the updates page. I assume just bug fixes.
Thanks for reading all!