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:
Saturday: Zwift acquires Milestone, charts entry into hardware realm
Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Tuesday: Hands-on: Kinetic inRide V2 and Smart Trainers now support dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart
Fear not on the slim post count, things are going to heat up tomorrow, stay warm through the rest of the week and then reach crazy-level by Sunday morning as the Eurobike show opens. Like, unreal crazy level. Hang tight!
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 (this week this list is a little bit of a collection of the last few weeks).
1) Upcoming NYC Zwift Course: By the looks of this well orchestrated ‘leak’, it appears so. Of course, Zwift has already promised a new course at Innsbruck as well. Hopefully somewhere in there they’ll simply allow us to easily change courses as we see fit without hacks (even if only within 2-3 courses on a day). From a media standpoint though, I do laugh slightly at the Cav tweet, merely because it shows just how good at playing the hype game Zwift is. Nobody questioned Cav on whether it was a paid/sponsored tweet, nor how exactly he just ‘finds’ a screenshot without any cyclists in it (indicating it was provided to him, rather than him testing it, since Zwift’s camera views always focus on a cyclist). Still, I for one am definitely looking forward to a Central Park loop. It’s a route I love running, and thus might actually run in that world in Zwift. Maybe…
2) Epson appears to discontinue sport watches: This probably isn’t a surprise, and while it’s confirmed by support – I haven’t re-confirmed it with Epson higher-ups. I have heard through someone else that this was true as well though. Like I said, not a huge surprise. They were onto something, but couldn’t bridge the gap from a rather strong bit of hardware, to having a user interface and app that didn’t suck. To pull an Apple comparison – a core reason people like Apple’s products is that they’re visually appealing. I’ve yet to see someone succeed long-term in the sports realm with products that lack a clean and efficient user interface.
3) Notio touts upcoming Konect Aero Sensor Tour: Looking to get into the aero game? This might be the first legit company that’s going to allow real-life end users to actually pick up a device. They’ve got the first few events scheduled and you can book your session for just a few weeks away. I’ve got some time set aside next week with them, so looking forward to seeing where they stand.
4) A bike…err…jetski…err..WTF? I don’t know what this thing is, but it’s almost tempting. Almost, if it weren’t for the $10,000 price tag. Given the new DCR Cave is actually on the water, I could technically leverage this. But not with that price tag. Also, I’d refuse to wear a helmet while riding this. Like the old ProForm Tour de France bike commercials.
5) Fitbit employees charged: This stems from some longstanding disputes between Jawbone and Fitbit around trade secrets, though getting charges against individuals is a significant step up from more generic lawsuits.
6) New Stryd Study released: There’s a lot that both sides of the fence can read into this study. Some say it validates aspects of Stryd, while others say it points out that it doesn’t. Some good tidbits on both sides in the Twitter thread I’ve linked to. Note however that it does NOT address power accuracy, but rather some of the metrics that feed into power accuracy.
8) New independent helmet study actually ranks helmet safety: Pretty interesting stuff. More so because if you dig into the study just it was funded (by the government) and how well it appears executed (in terms of number of tests, type of impacts, etc…). This wasn’t just a couple of peeps throwing helmets against a wall and ranking them by the number of cracks.
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 Forerunner 935 Firmware Update: Adds Galileo GPS support, along with abnormal heart rate notification option (note: the Fenix 5 series watches got this same update in beta the week prior)
Garmin Forerunner 230/235/630/920XT BETA firmware updates: Updated Connect IQ release, as well as some bug fixes. Kinda unexpected.
Garmin Varia Radar System Firmware Updates: Doesn’t really specify much, but all the Varia radar devices got firmware updates.
Garmin Vivomove HR, Vivosport, Vivosmart 3 Firmware Updates: All three of these devices got the same update adding sedentary alerts, and sleep tracking improvements.
Hammerhead Karoo: Mostly just bug fixes, with a few performance improvements.
Thanks for reading!