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?
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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: RunAround
A Singapore Runaround
It’s been a while since my last official ‘runaround’ post in the long-standing series. Not because I haven’t been running around all sorts of random cities, but rather, posting about it usually gets knocked down the totem pole of things … Read More Here
A Newark Airport Layover Runaround
I figured I’d share a brief runaround from this past Thursday, if for no other reason than a bit of entertainment. We were working our way back home from St. John’s (Newfoundland, Canada) to Paris when we found ourselves with … Read More Here
An Accra (Ghana, Africa) Runaround
I’m just about to board my flight back to London after 48 hours here in Accra, Ghana. I was down here for a smattering of work meetings over the past two days. As a super-quick African geography refresher, here’s where … Read More Here
An Esbjerg (Denmark) Runaround
The Runaround: It’s been a while since my last runaround. Not because I haven’t been running around random cities across the globe, but just because with so much other stuff to post about, they’ve gotten slightly overrun. But here’s a … Read More Here
A Doha (Qatar) Nighttime Runaround
I landed in Qatar rather late Sunday night, about 11:30PM or so, making it roughly 12:30AM by time I got to the hotel. For the super-quick geography reminder, here’s where Doha is: With work meetings taking up most of the … Read More Here
A Bahrain Run & Swim Brickaround
The last 48 hours I’ve been in Bahrain, a tiny little island country in the Middle East that floats to the east of Saudi Arabia. So close in fact that when I’m on work trips to Saudi, I often just … Read More Here
A Roodepoort, South Africa Runaround
I arrived yesterday morning into Johannesburg around 7:30AM after an 11 hour flight from London. While I thought I might run in the afternoon following a day of meetings, my body was apparently able to rather successfully get rid of … Read More Here
A London Weekend Runaround
Two quick reminders: First, the Giveaway Closes at the end of today, get your entries in! And second, if you’re in/around Paris this weekend, remember the DCR Open House is coming up on Saturday, along with the Santa 10K on … Read More Here
A Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) Runaround
After my meetings finished on Sunday, a run was in order. Now ideally I would have done said run at 6AM on Sunday, well before my meetings. But when my alarm went off there was lot of snooze button pushing and … Read More Here
An Apeldoorn (Netherlands) Runaround
Once again this week I had to actually look at a map to figure out where on earth I was being sent for work. The last time was when I went to Xi’an, China. Sometimes I’ve heard of the city … Read More Here
Mexico City Runaround
Mexico City, 7:08PM: I sit here now in a cab, stuck in barely crawling traffic in the dark, hoping to make it to the airport in time for my flight. The check-in cutoff time is 37 minutes from now, and … Read More Here
A Cardiff (Wales) Runaround
Last Thursday I had a quick day trip up to Cardiff for some work meetings. Of course, it was somewhat a bit of a near-disaster in that I didn’t realize I was going to Cardiff until about 14 hours before … Read More Here
A Frozen Sea Helsinki Finland Runaround
I left the lovely British countryside behind (and by lovely, I mean cold and raining) and boarded a nearly three hour flight from London Heathrow to Helsinki, Finland. I always forget just how far that is from the rest of … Read More Here
A Rio de Janeiro Runaround
I arrived into Sao Paulo, Brazil early on Thursday morning, directly from Europe. With meetings on Thursday and Friday taking up all daylight hours, I didn’t see much of Sao Paulo by time I was back at the airport Friday … Read More Here
A Thanksgiving Kiev (Ukraine) Runaround
I found myself on Thanksgiving Eve cruising east towards Kiev, Ukraine – for meetings on Thanksgiving in the capital city. The plane was pretty much empty, and in an ironic twist, the airplane food that was served was actually turkey. … Read More Here
A Mexico to Israel via London Layover Airport Interval Runaround
To start, let’s just recap the last two days. Or at least, I think it’s been two days: Sunday 10AM France Time: Departed, connected in London, flew to Mexico City. Sunday 6:45PM Mexico Time: Landed in Mexico City after 11hrs … Read More Here
A Dortmund (Germany) Runaround
While last week I was in beautiful sunny Greece, today…I am not. Instead, I’m in Dortmund, Germany. Which – may very well be a very nice sunny place too on some days. Regrettably, today was not one of those days. … Read More Here
The Paine Field Runaround
I’ve been heads down the last few days concurrently writing a bunch of upcoming reviews for the next few weeks – so we’ll keep today’s post somewhat short so I can go back into the abyss of processing photos and … Read More Here
A Kananaskis Moose Runaround
As many of you know, Wednesday and Thursday of last week I was in Kananaskis, Alberta (Canada) for the ANT+ Symposium where I delivered my annual keynote session on the state of sports technology. While you’ll see a handful of … Read More Here
A Prague, Czech Republic Runaround
The past two days I’ve been here in the city of Prague, which is located in the Czech Republic. While I’ve been largely inside in a windowless conference room, I did briefly get to go outside during daylight hours and … Read More Here
A Queen Mary 2 Runaround
The past few days we’ve been floating along on a rather large boat. Technically more of an ocean liner, but still, it did float. The Queen Mary 2. Yes, a long lost but still rather close relative of the Titanic. … Read More Here
A Philadelphia Runaround
You know what’s nice about this run in Philadelphia? I didn’t have to run a marathon. It seems the trend that every time I’m in Philly I’m either running the Philly Marathon/Half-Marathon, or doing the Philly Triathlon. This time, I … Read More Here
The Amsterdam Runaround
As a general rule for Runarounds, they tend to run…well…around something. Usually that’s a city. In most cases I start at the hotel and then make a big loop back to my starting point. In some occasions (such as in … Read More Here
A New York City Runaround
I flew out to New York late Tuesday night, only in town for a little under 48 hours – just enough for a full slate of work meetings. I ended up swimming on Wednesday at a place just a few … Read More Here
The Xi’an China Runaround
It’s funny to think that prior to booking my airline ticket to this city, I’d never heard of it. In fact, I can’t think of the last time I booked any travel to a place I didn’t know existed. I’ve … Read More Here