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Hey everyone, and WOW, happy August!!!!

Well, I’m absolutely blown away that I basically missed the entire month of July? To say it was a hectic month would be an understatement. That doesn’t necessarily mean it wasn’t an epically awesome month… but my goodness, she was a busy one.

The worst thing about missing three weeks of newsletters, is sometimes it then becomes daunting to start them back up again. Where do I even start??? I don’t want to insult you by listing every single post that happened in July. I imagine at this point you’ve wandered over to the blog to see what’s new all on your own.

So I’ll just recap some of the more hot topics over the last week or two, and promise to see you again next week for our regular installment of the “Weekly Newsletter”.

First up we have the recap of the DCR Open House & BBQ Summer Edition. I have to say, personally I love these events. Getting to meet and catch up with long time readers, putting faces to names in the comment sections is really a privilege. And putting off a free event twice a year to say thank you to our supporters is really a pleasure and something we look forward to. So thanks for everyone who could make it out in relatively short notice, and for those who couldn’t make it this time around, pencil us in for around the first Saturday or so in December.


Just to add a little bit more about the Open House, we were again graced with the presence with our friends from Down Under- GP Lama (Shane Miller) and his powerhouse cycling wife Von. Also flying in, Des from DesFit made his way from across the pond for his second DCR Open House appearance. Sometimes people wonder why Ray would want to collaborate so much with his “competition”, but no one in our group sees it that way. These folks are our checks and balances, references, and steadily becoming lifelong friends. These three tech personalities bring their own flare and angles to the industry, and these guys all working together only adds to the quality of the content going out to the interwebs. I will admit though, there have been many a nights where these three's after dinner conversation gets so deep into tech-dorkiness, or comparing Premier Pro vs Final Cut Pro… that I just have to excuse myself from the table. Snore. Anyways, that’s my way of saying a giant thanks to that motely crew for taking the time and making the investment in coming over for a few weeks again.

Next up, we had a few “divisive” posts hit the blog. Sometimes I cringe when I know something controversial is going to go up, other times I pour up a glass of wine and just watch the discussions unfold. I have to say, I love the group of commenters on Ray's website because 99.99% of the time everyone is very respectful, yet hardline on their opinion or experiences, creating very colorful conversations. This is in contrast with my other “pour a glass of wine and scroll” discussion boards I am often sucked into, the “Mamas” Facebook groups. God forbid anyone asks for advice on vaccinations, circumcision, or benefits of starting an infant on formula. Insert emoji brain exploding now. Anyways, if you’re not up on the latest crap Ray stirred up over the last while, check out Women’s World Tour Pro Teams, Strava cuts off Relive, or Wahoo Acquires The Sufferfest.  


As well, Ray did a handful of “hands on” or “first look” posts. I’ll go ahead and list them for you, Tekrapod, The Rivet, FORM Swim Goggles, Elite’s Suito Smart Trainer, and finally Cycling Dynamics for Assioma Power Based Pedals.

And if that last list doesn’t keep you busy for a while, then you can check out the eye candy of the 2019 Tour de France team starting areas. Or you can get clicking around on Ray’s updated “Gear I Use” post.

I too have a “Girl’s Gear I Use Post”, but I think we might go ahead and change the title to “Gear I USED” post. And I can tell you more about that next week!

I am well aware most of you just scanned or “yada yada-ed” that section, no worries, my feelings aren’t hurt. Maybe you just like the newsletter for the fabulous world of Audio-Visual and this quick link list to the latest and greatest. So here goes:

The Fit File with DC Rainmaker and GPLama:

The FIT File chats between Ray and Shane have become ever increasingly popular! AND at the DCR Open House Ray, Shane, and Des all recorded a live podcast with audience interaction! You can find the latest episodes of the podcast on a variety of platforms, iTunes, Google Play, or Spotify. As always, don’t forget to hit those subscribe buttons for updates!


As always, Ray is cranking out some entertainment on the “You Tubes” (as we call it in the Maker house). However, as a general PSA, if you subscribe to the DC Rainmaker YouTube channel you would not have to wait for the continuously late newsletter each week to see the list of all of the new videos waiting for you!

·         Garmin Triathlon Display Mode: How-To

·         Polar Ignite GPS: 12 Things to Know

·         The Rivet- Indoor Training App: First Ride

·         Tour de France 2019: Which smart trainers do they use?

·         Hands On: Elite Suito Smart Trainer

image DCR Summer 2019 Open House & Ride Recap Photos
image The 2019 Swim/Bike/Run Gear I Use List
image Cycling Dynamics for Assioma Power Meter Pedals Released, New Pedal Bodies Too
image Women’s WorldTour Pro Teams: The Trainers, Power Meters, and Other Tidbits
image Tour de France 2019: The Trainers & Power Meters

In-Depth Thoughts from The Girl

Well hey hey, thanks for making down here to my neck of the woods! What’s all the news you might be wondering?

Well, July was just jam-packed with goodness. First up was Canada Day, then our eldest daughter’s 3rd birthday, then Ray and I’s 8th wedding anniversary, then America’s Independence Day! And that was just the first 4 days of July!!

Shortly after these festivities, our overseas arrivals came to town. Which meant almost two weeks of guests in our house and occupying the DCR Cave! These guys wasted no time, and Ray and the crew took off to Brussels for the first two stages of the Tour de France. Returning to Amsterdam only to pop off on a trip to Italy for the Tour de Giro Rosa, and some pondering around Venice.


                                       (Cave revamp: Before & After)

Then they returned Thursday night, only to host the DCR Open house that Saturday. Somewhere in the two weeks prior I dragged myself up and down a ladder for about five days priming, edging, and painting the entire DCR Cave downstairs in preparations for said open house event. Mixed in there was getting certified on our pallet mover to re-arrange the space and move all the crap-o-la Ray has accumulated over the winter. Not to mention, making large orders of beer deliveries, and trying to event “budget” for the big day. I love event planning, but let me tell you these DCR open house’s always end up being a bigger undertaking than what we imagine!

Finally the event came and went in a blink of an eye, we said good-bye to our guests on Monday and I somehow managed to get myself and the two kiddos packed up for our two week adventures in Atlantic Canada… Sorry Ray, you’re a big boy and had to pack your own suitcase (which is usually a 60 – 40 split of electronics to clothing, so best left to him anyways).


We left on the morning flight on Tuesday, and somehow it took us a solid 24 hours of travel to get from Amsterdam to a little cottage in North Rustico, PEI, Canada. The kiddos were, as always, super champs about the travel, and thus there is not too much to tell there. As hinted to in my Instagram post, I’m thinking of making a fun “travel guide” post for all of your young parents out there. We are certainly not experts in dragging kids on trips, but at this point we have done two trips to Australia/ Singapore, South Africa, and countless to North America - myself having traveled solo with both the girls (and Lucy) too. So, I have received a lot of questions of “how do you do it”, and maybe I can impart some insight on our survival skills?


We spent what was left of the week with my family within a small cluster of summer cottages overlooking the beach and ocean. Enjoying the touristy things that this tiny province in Canada has to offer. And not to forget, marrying off my big brother!

Then off to my favorite place on earth, Newfoundland, Canada. Since we had made the trek across the Atlantic already, what was one more flight in the mix? So we flew to the famous YYT and stayed at my parent’s house where the kiddos enjoyed plenty of tractor rides with Grampy, baking with Grannie, feeding the fish with their cousin, and we celebrated my mom’s 45th year as a college professor… or better said, we celebrated her hanging up her hat on a very satisfying and successful career!

Everything came and went in a complete and total whirlwind. As we packed our bags and loaded ourselves back onto yet another airplane, I couldn’t help but wonder how do we slow this all down???

So there you have it. The Maker Family’s July in a nutshell. And yes, I crashed and burned on Tuesday. I sent the kids to daycare with Ray, and I never moved from my pillow until almost 4pm that afternoon! I'm just being honest!

Anyways, that’s it. I will see you here in your inbox next week! As always, thanks for reading.

~The Girl

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