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: Week in Review – May 6th, 2018
Monday: Tech Tidbits: Withings becomes Withings again, Favero’s Assioma 1% Update, AIRhub Core, and FirstBeat HRV Summit
Wednesday: TrainerRoad now pulls in outside rides, adds training log and load analysis
Thursday: Fitbit Versa In-Depth Review
Sports Tech Deals This Week:
There’s a smattering of sports tech deals out there right now, here’s what’s cookin’:
|Current Deals||Regular Price||Sale Price||Start||End||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 10th, 2018 @ 6:44 am|
|Favero Assioma Pedals||$519/$799 (single/dual)||$649||Nov 23 2018||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||⚡⚡⚡Effective Nov 23rd, 2018 the Favero Assioma pedals will be effectively $649USD going forward (likely with the DCR discount). That's a pretty substantial price-drop. Note, it may take a few more hours for Clever Training to updating pricing.|
|Fitbit Ace||$99||$79||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Alta||$99||$79||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Alta HR||$129||$99||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Charge 3||$149||$129||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||⚡ This unit also just came out, and this is a great deal for it.|
|Fitbit Ionic||$269||$229||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||⚡ Remember this includes music, GPS, and contactless payments. Note technically this is $40 off, so higher end variants will be slightly more.|
|Fitbit Versa||$199-$229||$149||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||⚡ This is a great deal on this unit. Remember, it supports offline music too! Note that technically this is $50 off, so special variants will be slightly more.|
|Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)||$599||$100 off||Dec 01 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||⚡This is a strong deal on the Fenix 5 Plus series. This applies to both Fenix 5 and 5 Plus, all variants.|
|Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)||$699/699EUR||$100 off||Dec 01 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||⚡This is a strong deal on the Fenix 5 Plus series. This applies to both Fenix 5 and 5 Plus, all variants.|
|Garmin Forerunner 235||$249||$199||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Forerunner 35||$169||$139||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Varia Bike Radar||$199||$119||Nov 22 2018||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link|
|Garmin Varia UT800||-||99GBP/111EUR||Nov 21 2018||Dec 30 2018||N/A||Link||N/A||⚡ This is a great deal for this awesome little light, especially for 50GBP off!|
|Garmin Vivoactive 3||$269||$199||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||⚡ Great deal on this - aside from a one-day sale last year, this is the lowest we've seen this.|
|Garmin Vivofit 3||$69||$49||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||This is the lowest price we've seen on this unit.|
|Garmin Vivofit 4||$79||$59||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr||$79||$49||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||The lowest we've seen this unit. Was super popular the first year it this price point for Black Friday (the most popular item ordered via DCR actually).|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 - Incl Disney/Avengers/Star Wars variants||$79||$59||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivosmart 3||$119||$69||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||Well then, that's one way to sell these products quickly - 42% off!|
|Giro Helmets and Shoes||-||33% off||Dec 09 2018||Dec 20 2018||N/A||Link||N/A|
|GoPro Fusion 360* Action Cam||$599||$499||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||$100 off|
|GoPro Hero 7 Silver Bundle (incl 32GB card)||$299||$229||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||$70 off|
|GoPro Hero 7 White||$199||$179||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||$20 off!|
|GoPro Karma Grip Gimbal||$299||$249||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||N/A||$50 off|
|PowerPod||$299||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||N/A||$249 for the ANT+ version, $269 for the BLE version.|
|Suunto 3 Fitness||$199-$229||$159||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link||Note: Technically 20% off, so some premium variants will be more than $159|
|Suunto Spartan Sport||$449||$314||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link|
|Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR||$499||$384||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link||Note: The Baro variant is also available on sale as well.|
|Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR||$279 ($329 for metal bezels)||$194||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link||⚡⚡ This is a great deal for this multisport watch - definitely one you should consider. Technically it's 30% off, so the fancy material variants will cost a bit more.|
|Tacx NEO Smart||$1,369||$1,199||Nov 23 2018||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||⚡⚡ The price drops to $1,199USD (due to new Neo 2). Most notable, you can combine this with the 8hr Clever Training VIP deal, so you can get the Tacx Neo 1 for $959USD. Holy balls.|
Also, I’d highly encourage you to check back in tomorrow (wouldn’t impact any of the three above items though). Just sayin’.
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!
A user of the DCR Analyzer? Here’s a nifty tutorial I put together. Not a user of the DCR Analyzer? Then here’s what it’s all about. It’s actually been out for anyone to use for almost 18 months now! Crazy!
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) A Google-branded ‘Android Wear’ (Wear OS) device on the horizon? Perhaps, but then again, we’ve also seen these rumors numerous times over the years. Still, I do agree with the concept here. As I said in one of my recent keynotes – Android Wear/Wear OS won’t gain meaningful market share (or app resources) until there’s specifically a ‘Google Pixel watch’, or something with Google-specific branding. It’s as simple as that.
2) GoldenCheetah Open Data program now hits over 140,000 workouts to analyze: Super cool project, and can’t wait to see this become part of non-developer builds.
3) GoPro Snow: Jesper Tjäder’s Forest 2 – Return to Åre! Once again, always awesome to watch Jesper ski, but more interesting to me in this video is how little (virtually none) post-production appears to have been done in terms of editing color/clarity/etc… It’s normal for his videos to be a single take, but it doesn’t appear there’s much more in the way of video work here aside from just pressing upload and briefly shifting into slow-mo in some sections.
4) Pre-teens apparently buy $500 swimming tech suits: Woah, the fact that this is a thing for 7-year-olds is nuts. I totally agree with the planned ban.
5) SportTracks Connect IQ Developer Fields: Really cool to see them add support for this, gives folks so much flexibility in analysis of files. Read up their whole thing on all the uses for this, but it includes analysis of sensor data like Stryd, RunScribe, and more.
6) A whole lot of cycling apps to consider: A pretty comprehensive pile of apps to consider from the folk at Road.CC. Worth of a browse to see if something fits your needs.
7) An Open Letter About Female Coaches In the NBA: Yes, just yes.
8) 2.1KM bike tunnel opens up located inside a sewage tunnel. That’s kinda cool, looks very fancy too!
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 Vivofit Jr. 2 Firmware Update: A smattering of tweaks, many to do with Toe-to-Toe challenge
Garmin Vivofit 4 Firmware Update: Inclusive of Toe-to-Toe challenge tweaks, and a few more for good measure
Garmin Edge 1030 BETA firmware update: One minor bug fix
Garmin Edge Explore 820 Firmware update: A large number of new features added.
That’s it for firmware updates! Apparently all the engineers were out enjoying the weather last week instead!
With that – thanks for reading!