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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:
Yup, I actually enjoyed the week vacationing on a small island off the coast of Australia with The Girl and The Peanut. I believe that’s the longest period of time I’ve gone without a post (7 days). Fear not though, plenty of stuff lined up this week – within a few minutes in fact (Hong Kong airport WiFi notwithstanding). By the time you read this I’ll be on my second flight working my way home to Paris. 24 hours of flying with a 6-month-old in tow – good times!
Of course, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t testing things. I was putting in the final miles on the Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+ edition, along with mileage on Stryd, RunScribe, and Tune (Kinematix). Plus some other gizmos and gadgets you may have seen in my various tweets. You’ll also see the Feiyu Tech G5 Gimbal In-Depth Review, now that I actually have enough interweb bandwidth to get all my 4K video uploads completed. Australia’s hotels were not strong in that department.
Oh – and fear not, the podcast is coming back too. All my travel (CES, Australia) in January made the daily schedule highly unpredictable, and that’s before we tried to factor in the 14-hour time zone difference. You should see a new episode published this week. Enjoy!
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) More motor talk in the pro cycling ranks: Most have probably seen the 60 Minutes piece, which while not delivering any knockout punches, certainly contained some important snippets (the linked post discusses the specific snippets of note). Much of the focus on Team Sky of course, which doesn’t surprise me. As Caley wrote a few weeks back regarding the whole ‘medical’ delivery piece, there’s simply too many things that don’t add up. This starts to become the next of those situations, albeit in its early phase still. Give it a few more years I suspect – the truth always comes out on these matters.
2) Jawbone Customer Service Doesn’t Exist Anymore Apparently: I’m not quite sure who or why anyone is buying Jawbone fitness trackers these days. Do companies like Best Buy even sell them? But for those unlucky enough to have purchased one, this is just one more sign that Jawbone is a sinking ship. As if the last year or two’s worth of signs weren’t enough. Just a very…very…slowly…sinking…ship.
4) How to use Stryd with SportTracks: This is a good primer for how to actually leverage some of the running power stuff. Training Peaks also put together a fairly similar piece a while back here. As for a review, yup, I’ve been running with the new Stryd version the last few months, and aim to knock out a review in February. For things like this – I really like to collect as much data as possible, since ultimately this is all about data.
5) Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview Drops: Getting closer… This will be most notably important for Polar and their M600, depending on how things pan out on the iOS side. Right now I think it’s just fine if you want to pick up an Android Wear watch with Android, but I think it’s a poor choice on iOS (any Android Wear watch, not just Polar’s). It’ll be interesting to see how things look, once not only Google finalizes the release – but then companies like Polar actually ship it on their watches. Those two things could very well be separated by a vast span of time.
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.
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.