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:
Ok, a bit slower week. Was trying to concurrently write three in-depth reviews, and got about 80% the way down on all three…I suck at prioritization.
YouTube Videos I Published!
Here’s some YouTube goodness that I published this past week, don’t forget to subscribe!
Ok, this is probably one of the more complex videos I’ve ever put together. While it may seem relatively simple – there are so many cameras/screen recording devices, audio recordings, and everything else to make it seem semi-cohesive. Yikes!
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) Cyclist triggers emergency stop on bus, after getting buzzed: Well then, I’ve seen a lot of YouTube bike vs vehicle videos – but never quite expected that. (via Race Radio)
2) Ironman 70.3 Tire Deflator apologizes: Gotta wonder how many other things she’s cheated/etc on over the years.
3) A bike lock that disables bike when using phone: As noted in the article, given how many apps these days are legit useful while cycling (i.e. head unit type apps), this seems like it’s a solution in search of a problem.
4) How Elite makes cycling water bottles: I’d seen a chunk of this during a tour to Elite’s HQ about this time last year, but Titanium Geek does a good job at rounding it all up into a nifty post. Fun stuff.
5) Wearables stickers that make you and astronauts awesome? Not exactly. Love this take-down of BS science claims for Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop product. Side note: Who the heck names their product Goop? (via Sarah Fit)
6) Veloviewer adds way to visualize how much you explore via Strava: As always, Veloviewer keeps doing cool shit. As you might remember, it’s all about doing cool shit. Here’s mine for Paris:
7) UCI to shrink pro cycling team sizes in 2018: The move should make for a more lively WorldTour circuit. Plus a handful of other changes as well.
8) Withings finally gets full rebranded Nokia, craps all over itself: The response was swift and ugly – people are pissed about how poorly the new apps work. And by ‘poorly’, I mean doesn’t work at all. Functionality that’s worked fine for the better part of a decade has stopped working, and other features have been cut. Withings released another app update yesterday, with the descriptions basically saying ‘Making core functions actually work’. Unfortunately I’m traveling this week, so I can’t test everything out for myself till I get back (since it’s scale focused). But c’mon Withings – you’ve been my go-to scale recommendation for years, you’re better than this fiasco.
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 Edge 1000 Firmware Update: Fixes an issue for people in Singapore.
Garmin VIRB 360 firmware update: Some minor bug fixes.
Garmin Varia Vision firmware update: Two bug fixes.
Thanks for reading!