Hey-Hey Newsletter friends!
We are back again with another fun-filled sports-tech newsletter! We recently took some time off to travel back to the USA for some family time. Balancing the “life – family – work triangle” over the past year has been really tough. I can’t tell you how much good it does for one’s soul to get a big helping of grandparents, sister time, and seeing all of the cousins playing together.
However, now we are home again in Amsterdam, and the jetlag has backed off. So on my list of a kabillion things to do, I have finally reached my favorite item on the to-do list. The Newsletter! Woot.
If you’re new to this newsletter feed, welcome! If you have some extra reading time, you can always check out the Newsletter Archives and catch up on what stories have been told in the past! As well, there are two Quarantine Corner episodes that quietly got released for public consumption in case you were interested in becoming a DCR Supporter! And if you don’t know what a Quarantine Corner episode is??? Well… it’s a lighthearted video series of Ray and I shooting the BS on the latest sports tech, behind the scenes at the office, and a little look into what Maker family shenanigans are happening now. I even made a neat little QC Trailer to entice you to sign up!
So, what’s to come with today’s newsletter? As always, I’ll give you the latest update of what’s been happening on the website and YouTube, then, below the fold are the In-Depth Thoughts from The Girl section.
So, tech-wise let’s do this.
First up for today, Ray has posted the WHOOP 4.0 In-Depth Review. Let me tell you, I have a long-standing issue with the WHOOP brand… or maybe just with Ray, who knows at this point? Basically, we have been paying a $30/month subscription to WHOOP for almost two years now for what was essentially a sub-par product (WHOOP 3.0). Unfortunately, in a business like ours, Ray can’t just turn off the subscription AND still keep his finger on the pulse of the product updates etc.. So no matter how many times I asked if I can cancel, we continued paying the subscription. Finally, we now have the new Whoop 4.0 and it seems from my conversations with Ray, that the product has a substantially improved optical HR sensor, which was a major thorn in the last version. As always though, there are some catches. But I won’t spoil the whole show for you, go read it for yourself!
Moving on. Have you ever raced in a non-draft legal triathlon and watched as another competitor passes by clearly tucked behind another racer? It’s seriously infuriating. Especially when you know for sure that that racer is in your AG. The problem is, there are usually too few race officials to cover the entire race with many hundreds or even several thousand racers. Soon we will see a new racing technology that race organizers can implement into their event to help squash this type of racing behavior! I’m really impressed, and hope everything goes smoothly for RaceRanger in rolling out this new Triathlon Anti-Drafting Tech System in the near future!
Next, we have Ray’s look into Fitbit's new Daily Readiness Score. Keeping in mind, the daily readiness score is a Premium-only feature, which I think leaves a little to be desired. Ray goes through a detailed analysis on how they calculate the readiness score, and then raises an eyebrow on how or why some exercise recommendations come with some given scores. It’s an interesting post to check out.
Rounding out the tech talk is Ray’s Oura Ring 3: First impressions. While I personally can’t get past the logistical nightmare that this company must endure for stocking all of those ring sizes, Ray seems to be pretty intrigued by this little guy. Battery life, wearability, the product platform, etc. all seem pretty good so far. Keep in mind this is a first impressions post, so we can only wait and see what comes out in the wash during the in-depth review, which should actually be pretty soon.
Lastly, it’s that time of year again. I know you all just received an email the other day from Ray, highlighting some big sales happening now so I don’t want to bombard you with more of that. This is more of an FYI that that will be the continued sales page for this holiday season. So you can always poke back to https://www.dcrainmaker.com/deals and see what’s happening, or just go to the homepage and click on the big yellow banner.
That’s if for this week, keep reading for the YouTubes and In-Depth Thoughts from The Girl.
The YouTube channel is movin’ and groovin’. You know, sometimes a video is just worth 10,000 of Ray’s words!
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