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:
Here’s a handful of the topics discussed in this past week’s podcast:
– It’s a 43-minute long episode!
– Posting schedules and posting regularity
– Upcoming products I’m unboxing and how I do photos/videos of them
– Fashion models mid-podcast
– The whole (business) world of unboxing videos online
– The Apple Watch Review
– Getting back someone’s stolen HR strap
– Power meters for single chainrings
– The DCR Analyzer is out!
– We end with about 10 minutes of hilarity from a conversation of ours recorded pre-podcast
Listen to the full podcast here on the Podcast player, or just download the audio file from the same spot.
February Sports Tech Sale Continue:
In case ya missed it a week or so ago (details here), here’s the list of active sports tech deals going on over the next week or so. One new one found this week is the Polar M450 GPS cycling unit for $129. That’s a sweet deal! Apparently, it had flirted sub-$110 a bit over the last few days too. Just some random Amazon.com thing.
|Current Deals||Regular Price||Sale Price||Start||End||Amazon||Clever Training - Save a bunch with Clever Training VIP program||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated February 20th, 2017 @ 11:47 am|
|All Suunto gear!||-||25% off||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Except Spartan Sport Wrist HR. But regular Spartan Ultra/Sport do work!|
|All Trainers!!! (Elite, Kinetic, Tacx, Bkool)||-||21% Off!||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Competitive Cyclist Only: With coupon code ITALY100. <<< Use 'other' link|
|CycleOps Hammer||$1,199USD||$947||May 19 2019||May 29 2017||Link||Link||Link||Competitive Cyclist Only: With coupon code ITALY100. <<< Use 'other' link|
|CycleOps Magnus||$599||$473||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Link||Link||Competitive Cyclist Only: With coupon code ITALY100. <<< Use 'other' link|
|CycleOps Trainers||-||20% off!||May 19 2017||May 31 2017||Link||Link||All CycleOps 20% off (except Magnus/Hammer)|
|Elite Drivo||$1,299/€1,390/£1,099||$1,026||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Link||Link||Competitive Cyclist Only: With coupon code ITALY100. <<< Use 'other' link|
|Garmin Edge 25||$169||$119||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Link||30% off all Edge 25 variants, including both base and bundle|
|Garmin Forerunner 35||$199||$169||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Forerunner 735XT||$449||$315||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Link||30% off all FR735 variants (including bundles and tri bundles)!|
|Garmin Vivoactive HR||$249||$199||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Link||Lowest price to date!|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr||$79||$69||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivofit3||$99||$69||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivosmart HR+||$199||$149||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Link|
|PowerTap C1 Chainring||$699||$559||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Link||Link||Backcountry Only: With coupon code BCTWENTY. <<< Use 'other' link|
|PowerTap P1 Pedals||$1,199||$959||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Link||Link||Backcountry Only: With coupon code BCTWENTY. <<< Use 'other' link|
|Suunto GPS Watches||-||25% off||May 18 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Except Spartan Sport Wrist HR. But regular Spartan Ultra/Sport do work!|
|Tacx Flux||$899USD/799EUR||$720||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||N/A||Link||Link||REI Only: 20% off with Coupon Code ANNV17!|
|Tacx NEO Smart||$1,599USD/1,399EUR||$1280||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Link||Link||REI Only: 20% off with Coupon Code ANNV17!|
|Wahoo Fitness KICKR2 (2016)||$1,199||$960||May 19 2017||May 29 2017||Link||Link||Link||REI Only: 20% off with Coupon Code ANNV17!|
And of course, using any of the links above helps support the site. Enjoy!
YouTube Videos I Published:
Here’s some YouTube goodness that I published this past week:
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) How Science Works – Techniques and Challenges of Doping Control: An interesting look behind the data and science of how dopers get caught, and how labs go about testing.
2) Outdoor Retailer set to leave Salt Lake City: While OR has historically flirted with such temptations in order to get better deals, this seems like a much more permanent thing – in large part because it’s more the key exhibitors rather than the organizer itself.
3) Bike computer meets action cam meets lights: Basically, everything but the kitchen sink. DCR reader Gunnar asks ‘What do you think?’: So…while their main site is a dearth of information, I did find one YouTube video they shot which actually shows some promise in terms of being more functional than their site lets on. So that’s good. It’s an interesting concept for city bikes, though would be too beastly for most race/road bikes. However, their use of Indiegogo instead of Kickstarter is a huge red flag.
4) The SHEcret Pro: On Australia’s Summer of Cycling. For those not familiar, this is the women’s version of the famed ‘The Secret Pro’ series. Always interesting.
6) Garmin Connect ‘Import’ Option Missing? At first, you might think so. But in reality it was just moved to the big “+” icon in the upper right corner. Hard to know if it was UI cleanup, or designed to break 3rd party apps leveraging it for various uploads. Either way…at least it’s still there thankfully. Almost had to pull out my ‘Watch what happens when DCR gets really pissed off!’ card late last week over it. It’s a feature I often use, because I don’t necessarily link all of my Garmin devices to Garmin Connect automatically (mostly because I hit the max allowable), so this allows me to manually upload files to share on occasion.
7) I’ve got no more items. My ‘Notepad’ list of items for the week was wiped out last night when my computer decided to restart. And no, I didn’t press save. Sorry!
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.
CycleOps Magnus Trainer Firmware: This came out a week or two ago, but I forgot about it.
CycleOps Hammer Trainer Firmware: Same as Magnus – definitely worthwhile if you’ve got either
CycleOps/PowerTap Virtual Training App: While I don’t normally include apps here, this is specifically notable because of the changes to displaying PowerTap P1 advanced metrics.
Garmin Fenix Chronos BETA firmware update: This continues to include updates for the Fenix5 series into the Garmin Chronos series. Again, this is a BETA firmware.
Polar Loop 2 Firmware Update: Minor bug fixes and phone compatibility fixes.
Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT Firmware Update: Increase in data fields per page, change in fonts, few other items.
Thanks for reading!