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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:
Elite (at least in the US) has dropped the price of the Drivo I trainer down to $1,099 (from $1,299) – due to the incoming Drivo II’s that just came out. If you haven’t seen my review, the main differences are that the Drivo II is barely more accurate (+/- 0.5% versus the previous +/- 1.0%). Of course, accuracy was never really an issue on the Drivo I. Arguably well above what most people care about, and, it can do it three times faster (which people do care about). Note, the new Drivo II price will be $1,199 – so when all is said and done, the Drivo line shifts down $100, which makes it on-par with others in this category. Once the Drivo I units are gone, they’re gone.
At the same time they’re also dropping the existing Direto pricing for a bit of a sale from $899 to $799. Their hand was somewhat forced here with Tacx dropping the Flux 1 pricing down to $799 as well in June, and then atop that you’ve got the silent KICKR CORE going for $899. Elite says there’s a very slightly tweaked Direto coming in September which will increase accuracy a tiny bit as well (+/- 2.5% down to +/- 2.0%) and also include a riser block. This variant will be at $849 and will be the price the Direto will be offered at from September 30th.
In related news, Wahoo just pushed back initial availability slightly on the KICKR CORE until September 12th, 2018. They say this is to better stockpile inventory, though, I’ve never really understood that logic for an announced product. Ship what you’ve got, get it in people’s hands.
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.
2) Pulse Oximetry data is apparently in TrainingPeaks: Go figure, things I didn’t know. Of course, the only reason I bring this up is with the new Fenix 5X Plus now supporting Pulse Oximetry data, this seems like a good place for that data to go. To my knowledge though, there’s no such recording of the data that 3rd parties can access/leverage quite yet (I believe it is recorded, but not in an API-kinda way).
6) Merging of my drone and Kinomap footage: Put this on the list of things I meant to link to a long-ass time ago. Some of you may remember back this winter when I was in Australia (and it was summer), I tried out an autonomous drone that has 13 cameras while running (this one). Anyway, Kinomap put together a completely live overlay of the drone footage tied to mapping. In theory you could re-run or re-ride this. Obviously it’s a bit of a test/demo of what their tech can do (I didn’t provide them with any GPS files).
7) Zwift World Changer App: You may already know about the Zwift world changer file modification thing you can do on PC/Mac/iOS, but you may not know there’s actually a little utility that makes it silly easy too on PC/Mac.
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.