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Week in Review – May 26th, 2024

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/X 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!

DCR Posts In The Past Week:

Here’s all the latest on the site:

Sunday: Week in Review – May 19th, 2024

Monday: How My Garmin Endurance Score Skyrocketed In One Boring Ride

Wednesday: Hammerhead Sends Out 7-Year ‘Old Karoo’ instead of ‘New Karoo’

Spring Sports Tech Deals:

There’s a slate of new sports tech deals, primarily from Garmin, but also a few other companies jumping in on the almost summer-themed sales. Some of these end May 27th.

There are no deals currently.

Stuff 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 Crazy Cycling Race Motor Doping Story: Except, this doesn’t end there. It continues with the athlete running to a getaway car, having an accomplice drive, and then the race director ending up on the hood of the car. Not kidding.

2) Samsung Galaxy Ring Rumors Heat Up: Naturally, it’s expected this will have a subscription fee to it. No surprise there, though, I’d argue that Samsung and other major companies could better compete with just a one-time hardware cost. After all, this would undoubtedly require a Samsung phone – helping to tighten that ecosystem.

3) Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 also looks square-ish: But more importantly – more buttons! This continues the general trend we’re seeing from wearable companies the last couple years of bringing back the buttons. Finally, big tech realizing what everyone else has for years: Buttons are best.

4) Zwift Labs Features Announced: A whole burrito-bowl full of them, from group FTP tests to coached audio workouts, and more. As always, not all of these things will live. Some might die.

5) Tube vs Tubeless Gauntlet Test: I had put this on in the background initially, and was pleasantly surprised by it. This video reminded me much more of the old days of GTN, where there was less polish and more ‘buds out back with beer seeing what happens’. Except they also visited the hardware store and got sharp objects. Give it a watch, it’s funny and useful.

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6) Converting bike to rail bike: I’ve seen a few bike/cart/rail conversions on YouTube over the years, but this is actually one of the first I remember that can be portaged easily. Most of them are beastly setups, or not super flexible. Also of note, I appreciate that this very small YouTube channel can randomly surface in my ‘Recommendations’ feed, for something that was legit interesting. Again, kinda reminded me of the GTN video above in a way.

7) Nearly 400 athletes DNF at Morro Bay 70.3: I’m sure you’ve probably seen some of the videos of the swim situation on Twitter/TikTok/etc this week. It’s insane. In short it sounds like a sand bar or something changed recently, which in turn caused a weird current situation that got exponentially worse with each successive wave – to the point even reasonably good/strong swimmers simply couldn’t make forward progress. Some normally 30-min swimmers were coming out of the water in 90 mins. Kudos to Ironman though for at least quickly offering all those who DNF’d to a free entry at another race.

With that – thanks for reading!

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3 Comments

  1. Stuart

    Hey Ray – looks like you have the wrong link for #7; the text “Nearly 400 athletes DNF at Morro Bay 70.3” links to the rail bike video.

    That would have seriously sucked – I’m a ~50 minute swimmer in a 70.3, and I probably would have just pulled out when I realised I was going backwards. The strongest current I’ve ever swum in was at the start of the swim for Ironman NZ, when they started near the yacht club; I could feel/see that I was making slow progress against it at the start (because the water was moving towards the Waikato River exit at the north-eastern end of the lake), but it quickly died off as I got further away from the river. The thought of having to fight against a stronger current towards the tail end of the swim… yikes.

  2. Claus Jacobsen

    OK – Sunday GMBN made a video worth watching :-) – stripping a remote control from an RC, using the motors and some circuitboards, some batteries and wham you get remote controlled and remote actuated brakes on an MTB. Not quite FPV, but the first step. – it was actually hilarious. – They still got it even though it feels like a big TV-station sometimes. (well technically they are of course) – So who is up for being the person on the bike in a downhill race with remotely controlled brakes and fpv googles from the top/bottom of the course?