Week in Review–June 30th, 2019


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 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!

DCRAINMAKER.COM Posts in the Past Week:

Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page this past week:

Monday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Tuesday: The Because It’s Friday $500 Sports Gadget Giveaway Results/Winner! 
Wednesday: Polar’s $199 Ignite GPS Hands-On: Everything you ever wanted to know
Friday: Testing In The Wind Tunnel with Stryd’s New Running Power Meter

I had three slated posts slide due to last minute tweaks from companies. So…you’ll likely see the fruit of those labors this week instead. Welcome to my world.

FIT File Podcast This Week:


Episode 80 of the podcast is up!

– Zwift Time Trial Mode, and Group Ride Fence updates
– FulGaz: New Training features & ERG mode
– Garmin GPS Chipset Rabbit Hole
– IQ^2 Never Ending Updates
– Polar Ignite GPS Watch
– Lama Lab tests of the Crown Rollers
– BKool AIR Testing Tidbits
– New Stryd Running Power Meter Wind Tunnel Testing
– Some fun behind the scenes tidbits

Listen here, or four options for where to find the podcast:

A) iTunes: If you’ve got an Apple device, we’re there!
B) Google Play Music: Yup, we’re here too (and on Google Podcasts app)
C) Spotify: Of course we’re on Spotify now – you can even cache it on your wearable too!
D) RSS Feed: Follow along using the direct RSS feed



YouTube Videos This Past Week:

Here’s what hit the tubes over on the You of Tube, definitely don’t forget to subscribe there to get notified of videos the second they hit!

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Stuff that 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 (and in this case, some of these are from the past few weeks…as my backlog is a bit longer):

1) Fundamental issues with recent Shimano based right-sided power meter: GPLama goes deep down the rabbit hole on this one with inconsistencies seen on newer Shimano-based power meters.

2) And a bit more detail from Keith Wakeham: And of course, Keith dives even deeper into the issues. Definitely worth a watch!

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3) Apple Watches offered by Apple for grants: Apple will be launching an Apple Watch grant program, for organizations wanting to do research projects using Apple Watch. Of course, this is more of a formalization of something that already occurs. Apple has funded numerous research programs already with Apple Watches.

4) Apple Watch continues march towards no iOS dependence: This will allow Apple Watch to get updates directly from Apple without requiring connection to an iPhone. Of course, there’s still many other dependencies that need to evaporate (and apps that need to instantiate), but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the next Apple Watch this fall (assuming a yearly cycle) include Android support.

5) The esports bubble is ready to pop: Of course it is. Duh.

6) Garmin announces sleep study results: Putting this on the pile of slightly older things, Garmin commissioned a sleep study, and these are the results.

7) Samsung Galaxy Watch Active v2 might include LTE: Or might not. Also, somewhat surprising to see rumors only a few months after the current device released. I’d be hesitant to put much stock in this. Often rumors are wrong or timelines horribly askew, be it for Samsung or Garmin. That said, as far as LTE support goes, Samsung is one of a couple companies globally that can pull this off at this price point, because they’ve got the telecoms by the round things. Leverage is a key requirement for succeeding today with cellular-enabled wearables.

8) Researchers develop AI for listening for cardiac arrest: Well that’s super cool. Basically the idea of taking an Alexa speaker or such, and having it listen for the breathing/gasping patterns of cardiac arrest. Whether or not someone can commercialize this successfully is a different question.

Sports Technology Software/Firmware Updates This Week:

Each week I quickly highlight some of the new firmware, app, software, and website service updates that I see go out. If you’re a sports technology company and release an update – shoot me a quick note (just one-liners are perfect, or Tweet it at me is even better) and I’ll make mention of it here. If I don’t know about it, I won’t be able to post about it. Sound good?  Oh – and if you want to get a head start on things, this page is a great resource for watching Garmin and a few other firmware updates.

Garmin Edge 530 Firmware Update: Bug fixes, and prioritization of ANT+ sensors over BLE sensors (to minimize issues/confusion)

Garmin Edge 830 Firmware Update: Bug fixes, and prioritization of ANT+ sensors over BLE sensors (to minimize issues/confusion)

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Firmware Update: Bug fixes

Garmin FR245 BETA Firmware Update: Bug fix

Garmin Instinct BETA Firmware Update: Bug fixes and Explore improvements

Garmin MARQ Athlete Firmware Update: Some new features, pile of bug fixes

Lezyne devices Firmware Update: New map screens and other tweaks.

Thanks for reading!