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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:
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) Getting the shot: A look at what it takes to get a single shot that goes into one of GoPro’s major launch videos (the videos that are effectively the ‘trailer’ for a new camera). And this ignores the massive amount of prep time, or all the other people standing around in the video mostly not featured. Said differently: Aside from the occasional dumb luck shots, getting these epic shots takes a lot of work. Note specifically the part about waiting for the sun. Always wait for the sun. It’s the difference between ‘meh’ and ‘holy crap!’.
3) Triathletes race bike share systems in Washington DC: This is actually a really well put together test, and is very close to how normal people would have to use such systems (i.e. bikes not always near any given location). Of course, the routes will vary by an individual’s preference but interesting stuff.
6) What’s going on with Zwift Power: If you use this platform for Zwift race results/metrics, here’s a bit of a Q&A on the state of things. Or, if you’ve never heard of it, worth a gander.
7) Umm, not #2? One of the random footnotes that came out of the GoPro earnings call this past August was that GoPro claimed they were the #2 drone manufacturer behind DJI. Of course, I poked fun at that notion since basically in the grand scheme of consumer drones, there’s DJI…and DJI. Certainly there are plenty of other brands, but nobody in most North American markets (or even European markets) cares about them (even though some are actually good drones). Either way, this report from the FAA actually shows that GoPro is quite a bit further down the rankings of registered drones than #2. Of course, there are tons of reasons why this is, but still, I found the data interesting.
8) Polar now does Strava Live Segments on V800: This happened amidst all the Black Friday stuff randomly, and I haven’t had a chance to go out and try it out. Either way, cool to see them continue to add features to this now almost 4-year old watch.
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.