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: Behind the Scenes: Riding in the FDJ Team Car
Tuesday: Suunto announces new Spartan variant, also firmware update for all Spartan owners
Wednesday: First Look: SOLOS Gen2 Wearable Sports Heads up Display
Thursday: Hands-on with VirtuGO: Is it a viable Zwift competitor?
Friday: The Because It’s Friday $500 Gadget Giveaway!
Sports Tech Deals of Note:
In this case, when I say ‘deals’, I mean, just one deal. And only if you’re in Europe…but it’s an excellent deal!
Garmin FR935 Tri Watch – 21% off! Bringing it down to 427EUR/377GBP (+ free European shipping). Be sure to use DCR coupon code DCR10BTF, runs through Feb 4th, 2018. You can hit up my full in-depth review here.
Note that I don’t see this as a sign of some impending FR935 replacement, but rather, just finally a European deal on the FR935 (since it’s exclusive to Clever Training). Interestingly, it’s the first sale we’ve seen in the US or Europe on it. Also FWIW, it’s the watch I use myself when training.
YouTube Videos I Made This Week:
Here’s what hit the tubes over on the You of Tube, definitely don’t forget to subscribe there to get notified of videos the second they hit!
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) I won’t be reviewing this $197,000 GPS smartwatch: Partially because I’d be afraid to break it, and partially because I think it’s the stupidest thing ever.
2) The coolest skiing video you’ll ever see…with no snow: Seriously, just watch the video.
3) Tips from GoPro engineers on how to use GoPro Fusion: Until I wrap up my GoPro Fusion camera review, Abe’s insights on how to use their products are usually well worth reading – and this is no exception.
4) Age Group Triathlete tests positive again, announces ‘retirement’: I wasn’t aware one could even use the term ‘retirement’ from sports as an age grouper, doper or otherwise.
5) Drone rescues swimmer in Australia: I remember linking to this program when it first started, really cool to see it come to fruition in saving someone’s life.
6) Fitbit brings its coach training app to Xbox and Windows PC: This actually makes a crapton of sense, since it’s a million times easier to use a big screen than a tiny screen for in-home workouts.
7) Nokia Removes Pulse Wave Velocity Feature: I can’t decide whether I’m surprised they removed this due to supposed regulatory concerns, or surprised they even bothered to remove it. While I question the feature’s usefulness, I’m worried this might have a larger chilling effect on non-medical innovation in sports.
8) Detailed Strava Data Presented to City Council: This is nothing new for Strava, but it is new for us regular peoples to be able to see the data they’re presenting to cities. Kinda fascinating.
9) RacerMate’s Velotron is up for sale: Nobody will buy it of course. Which is ironic, because the thing that everyone in the industry wanted to buy was CompuTrainer (when they shut that down). According to Dan Empfield in the comments, he says CompuTrainer was actually sold – which is the first I’ve heard of that from anyone. It’d be even more interesting because I know multiple serious and legit parties that wanted to place offers, but couldn’t even get calls returned.
10) Strava expands with new office in Denver: This is logical, and actually makes a ton of sense.
11) Google loses 250 bikes per week on their campus: I meant to link to this a long while ago, but got lost in the CES shuffle. First off, how the @#$# do you lose (or get stolen) 250 bikes per week? That’s 35 bikes per day, or someone stealing 1.4 bikes per hour, 24 hours per day. This baseline stat simply doesn’t pass the sniff test, especially since they apparently only have 1,100 bikes.
12) How to link your smart scale to Zwift: See, now you won’t end up like me and have your Zwift weight incorrect after forgetting about it three years ago. Then again, given I’ve got 15 or so smart scales, you’d think I’d link at least one of the darn things to Zwift.
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 1030 BETA firmware update: Mostly bug fixes.
Garmin Fenix 5/5S/5X/Chronos BETA firmware update: About half new features,half bug fixes.
Garmin Forerunner 935 Firmware Update: Huge update, tons of fixes, handful of new features, some ‘improvements’
Lezyne GPS unit firmware update: More on this later this week in a standalone post, been using it since December or so. Interesting update.
Polar H10 firmware update: Bug fixes
Wahoo ELEMNT/BOLT firmware update: Some new features, notably turn by turn notifications for Ride With GPS routes, plus bug fixes.
Thanks for reading, and have a good weekend!