I’m DC RAINMAKER…
I swim, bike and run. Then, I come here and write about my adventures. It’s as simple as that. Most of the time. If you’re new around these parts, here’s the long version of my story.
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I have built an extensive list of my most frequently asked questions. Below are the most popular.
- Why haven’t you yet released a review for XYZ product you mentioned months ago?
- Will you test our product before release?
- Are you willing to review or test beta products?
- Which trainer should I buy?
- Which GPS watch should I buy?
- I’m headed to Paris – what do you recommend for training or sightseeing?
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- I’m from out of the country and will be visiting the US, what’s the best triathlon shop in city XYZ?
- What kind of camera do you use?
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In Depth Product Reviews
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.
Read My Sports Gadget Recommendations.
Here’s my most recent GPS watch guide here, and cycling GPS computers here. Plus there are smart trainers here, all in these guides cover almost every category of sports gadgets out there. Looking for the equipment I use day-to-day? I also just put together my complete ‘Gear I Use’ equipment list, from swim to bike to run and everything in between (plus a few extra things). And to compliment that, here’s The Girl’s (my wife’s) list. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!
Have some fun in the travel section.
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.
My Photography Gear: The Cameras and Equipment I Use Daily
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!
The Swim/Bike/Run Gear I Use List
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 2021 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 Gear Guide too.
Tag Archives: Mountain Biking
5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
And in just a matter of days it’s gone from freezing temps with once in a decade snowstorms and ice skating here in the Netherlands, to the warmest day ever recorded for yesterday (Feb 21st). And just like last weekend … Read More Here
5 Random Things I Did This Weekend (Sea Otter Edition)
I’m just wrapping up my long weekend here in Monterey, CA hanging out at the Sea Otter Classic bike festival/event. While I’ve got a couple of tech-focused posts coming up over the next 24-36 hours, I figured I’d dive into … Read More Here
5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
This was definitely a very busy weekend. It was jam-packed with sporting related goodness! Plus, each day I managed to walk over 10 miles (15KM) in steps, plus whatever other random activities I did. Well, I think I still get … Read More Here
5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
With an exactly 7 days trip to the US complete (almost to the minute in fact), I’m working my way back to Europe as we speak. But here’s what I was up to, spending the last few days in warmer … Read More Here
13 Tidbits from a Week in Park City
I’ve been in Park City (Utah) since Sunday night, having all assortment of meetings and (perhaps more importantly) getting in plenty of time running around the mountains. And riding. And bobsledding. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I figure … Read More Here
Demo Day 2 at Interbike
The second and final day of the Outdoor Demo Day’s here at Interbike promised to be pretty packed – as most folks end up coming in for a day of outdoor action, followed by a few days of indoor action … Read More Here
Braving the mountain ledge bike bus…Interbike style
When Interbike moves to Anaheim next year in August, I’m fairly certain the attendees won’t find anything like the below. That’s unfortunate, as I think it’s scenes like this that really make Interbike a truly unique event – something different … Read More Here
Wet and Snowy Saturday, Muddy Buddy Sunday
Since the weather first shifted towards snow on Saturday, I was pretty jazzed. I like snow, lots of it. And even though the Washington DC has no useful hills (Read: Nothing to ski down or chairs to ride back up), … Read More Here
Steaks, Mud and the Track
With training in ‘off-season’ mode for a few weeks, I find myself with plenty of extra time. I wandered to the pool early Friday evening and bumbled around a bit doing about 2,300 yards. Nothing significant, a few sets of … Read More Here
First off – Friday night I finally got my act together and registered for next year’s Nation’s Triathlon (an Olympic distance event). Given my enjoyment at this past year’s event, I added it to my schedule for next (err…this) year. … Read More Here
My poor mountain bike
When I bought the ‘Black Diamond’ some 12-15 years ago to deliver the local hometown newspaper on a short 2.2 mile route – it had no idea what was in store for it. It must thought life was grand splashing … Read More Here