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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) Ryan Lochte outs doping violation on his own Instagram: Nobody ever said he was the brightest balloon in the circus, and this once again proved it. While the actual infraction on paper is relatively minor (though the 14-month ban is not), one always has to wonder if this is what they get caught for, what do they manage to get by with? (via Slowtwitch)
2) Olympic officials take baby steps toward recognizing esports: While I’m personally very much against seeing computer gamers in the Olympics – I figured I’d share this nonetheless. There’s interest from Zwift in finding some middle-ground of having indoor cycling recognized or seen as an exhibition sport in 2024 or 2028. And while that’s definitely better than playing at a keyboard, I still feel like that’s missing athleticism aspects associated with on-road cycling and dealing with things like rain, potholes, and other humans.
3) Wahoo takes on private equity investment: This is somewhat surprising, but also probably tells you that Wahoo is gearing up to accelerate their growth and fight bigger companies. I would surmise that’s Wahoo’s biggest limiter today is likely hiring, more than manufacturing. They shifted manufacturing this spring on a number of projects (the new KICKR 18 is made in Vietnam now for example, as opposed to Taiwan), and with that mostly solved – this is probably about getting cash to significantly ramp up people to assign to projects to get them moving faster. (Thanks Edward for sending in)
4) Amer Sports – owner of Suunto – reports quarterly earnings: They saw a 20% jump in sales in Q2 this year (categorized as ‘sports instruments’). They don’t specify why though (I haven’t listened to the full investor call yet though). Note this was prior to the Suunto 9 being announced. In theory, this could be Suunto 3 sales driving it, but like Garmin they rarely detail models in investor calls. Fitbit does however.
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 and a few other 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 2019 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 2018 Gear Guide too.