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 this past week:
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 (and in this case, some of these are from the past few weeks…as my backlog is a bit longer):
2) Founder of TrainingPeaks Moves On: There are few businesses in the endurance sports realm that have had as big an impact on the way athletes train as TrainingPeaks. I’ve been a customer/consumer for over a decade and will continue to be in the future. Looking forward to see what Gear has in store next.
4) The Super Bowl Will be Broadcast in 4K HDR For the First Time: Well, sorta. Yes, it’s 4K, but it’s actually an upscaled 1080p image to 4K. The HDR bit sounds more real, but the fact that one of the biggest single sporting events of the year in terms of viewership can’t be shot in 4K is mind-boggling. Also, I got off on a diversion – I was curious if the Super Bowl is “the biggest” single game type broadcast of the year, but it’s a surprisingly difficult stat to find. Many sites will show biggest sport event in terms of viewership, but they’ll include all viewers across the entire 2 weeks of the Olympics, or the entire 3 weeks of the Tour de France. Which is silly in this context. I presumed a WorldCup finale would easily take the cake (and it does), and the Olympic Opening Ceremony seems to usually win as well – with about 300-500m people watching it. Obviously there are the 2020 Olympics this year in Tokyo (in 8K no less), but no WorldCup. Anyway…
6) DJI to close China offices due to Coronavirus: This is of course only the tip of the iceberg from tech companies. In some ways tech companies that have manufacturing in China have ‘lucked out’ in that many offices/sites would have been closed anyway during this time period due to the Chinese New Year. However, there’s approximately zero chance the concerns will be resolved in the following few days. My bet here is that we’ll start seeing serious global supply chain ramifications for consumer tech goods towards the end of February. With DJI, it’s even more challenging because their HQ/engineering offices are located in China too. So not only does it put them behind on manufacturing – but perhaps more importantly on engineering/design/development for previously planned product launches.
7) The new shoe regulations that were just announced: Will be interesting to see how this develops over time. I’m still a bit unclear on the arbitrary line in the sand. Ultimately, shoe advancements have been happening for the better part of a century. Seems odd to randomly draw the line in one place versus another.
Sports Tech Device 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.
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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.