The Week in Review is a collection of everything I’ve written over the past week on the internet, plus a small stack of links I’ve found interesting – usually related to endurance sports. I have often wondered what to do with all the composure that people write, and although I share a lot on Twitter and Facebook is a better forum to send it to all of you. Most of the time, these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout for all of these places for good stuff!
So with that, let’s take action!
Some things I found interesting on the interwebs:
Here’s a little rundown of all the random things I came across while doing my civic duty to find the end of the internet. Also, there are a few things this week that were actually from the previous week or so
1) How an Olympic photographer quickly takes and uploads photos around the world: This delves into the full photographic workflow of how it handles some 2,000 photos per event, all to upload a few dozen as quickly as the social media world demands.
2) Super Cool Drone Pool Video: You’ve undoubtedly seen various artistic FPV drone videos before, but this is the first time I’ve seen one centered around a swimming pool, and certainly the first time I’ve seen it end with the drone hovering over it. ends * IN * the swimming pool voluntarily. Give him a quick watch!
3) Life Time buys Sea Otter Classic: It will be interesting to see what impact this will have on Sea Otter in the future. With Interbike out of sight for a few years now, many felt that Sea Otter could become a replacement as the leading cycling show in the United States. The “challenge” with this is that Sea Otter takes place outdoors, which makes it slightly more difficult from an exhibit space perspective. However, as they showed, it didn’t matter much to many cycling companies that flocked to the combined show + bike race event every year (including myself). It also comes at a time when Sea Otter has grown internationally (albeit with expected COVID-related challenges).
4) Some historical information about the creation of the Zwift map in Richmond: This quick article gives an interesting look at how Zwift managed to convince the Richmond race organizers to strike a 2015 World Course Modeling deal within Zwift.
5) Whoop Data from Lachlan Morton’s Alt Tour: Whoop has published Lachlan Morton’s data on these few weeks of meandering in France. From a “That’s pretty cool” point of view, I’m including this. But it’s funny, because it actually shows just how incredibly inaccurate and unnecessary a unit this is. As always, Whoop’s stupid arbitrary training load “limit” of 21 means almost every day is around 0.4 to under 21. While Lachlan was undoubtedly working hard, by his own admission he didn’t work so hard that an extra mile would kill him. What should be the definition of filling – the fact that you are low on energy. But doing it theoretically for two weeks shows that the concept is simply broken.
6) Garmin announces the annual Connect IQ Developer App Award winners: This small collection of apps includes a bike data field to monitor wind direction, as well as a watch app to download podcasts. And a few others.
7) CyclingTips acquired by Outside: Knowing most of the team members who work there, I’m happy to see that a small group of people are working hard and being rewarded for it. Obviously, every time a big entity swallows a smaller one, people get worried – but I can’t wait to see what comes next.
8) Behind the Scenes on Music Streaming Costs and Peloton: I thought this data was quite interesting. Basically it shows what each platform is playing for the music streams they use on their platform – from YouTube to Spotify, and even Peloton.
9) InsideTracker launches Garmin integration: I watched InsideTracker many years ago (okay, almost a decade ago), and without a doubt, that probably hasn’t changed since. They also recently launched an integration with Garmin which basically uses the Garmin Connect API to get your Garmin data (i.e. HR sleep and rest data) to InsideTracker. While this integration has sometimes been described as a coded integration between the two, the reality is that InsideTracker just uses existing APIs like any other application. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I have seen a bit of marketing that sometimes involves the opposite.
Sports Tech device firmware updates this week:
Each week I quickly highlight some of the new firmware, app, software, and website service updates that I see coming out. If you’re a sports tech company posting an update drop me a line (only single lines are perfect, or tweet it on me is even better) and I’ll mention it. here. If I am not aware, I will not be able to post about it. It sounds good ? Oh – and if you want to get a head start, this page is a great resource for looking at Garmin, Wahoo, Polar, and a few other firmware updates.
Garmin Fenix 6 Series / MARQ / Enduro BETA Firmware Update: A stack of bug fixes, as well as a new “Adventure Race” activity to ban GPS navigation data fields for certain races.
Garmin Forerunner 245/745/945 BETA Firmware Update: Minor Bug Fixes
Garmin Instinct and Instinct Solar BETA Firmware Update: Two minor bug fixes related to navigation line and low battery alerts.
Hammerhead Karoo Series Firmware Update: Mainly redesigned UI elements, as well as improved FE-C trainer connectivity.
Wahoo ELEMNT / ROAM / BOLT Series Firmware Update: Fixed kJ calculation for Favero Assioma power meters.
With that, thanks for reading!