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Two days ago Suunto announced plans to retire their online training platform, Movescount, sometime around Summer 2020 (~18 months from now). Instead, users will use the newer Suunto online platform (previously called Sports Tracker – no relation to SportTracks). That’s …

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In the indoor cycling space, it’s becoming clear that money is a key easy button to success. Lots of money that is. We have Zwift with its $165.5 million, or Peloton with its $994.7 million (yes, $1 billion dollars). Of …

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With CES behind us, I’ve wrapped up and published almost everything that I plan to talk about from CES 2019 on the site already. While it was a bit of a quieter year for sports tech and wearables at CES, …

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The easy title for this post would simply be “Suunto adds TrainingPeaks support”, but that’d be both confusing and only half-correct. First, Suunto as a company has actually long sync’d to TrainingPeaks from their Movescount platform. That’s the platform that …

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Sitting innocently enough in a booth for Tile-competitor Chipolo sits a 4iiii dual-sided power meter. To say it’s out of place in this booth at CES would be an understatement. But, it’d also be missing the point of a fascinating …

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Each year at CES people invariably ask me what’s the most interesting thing I’ve seen on the show floor. Some years, there’s many options to choose from. This year? Not so much. Still, my answer this year oscillates between this …

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Last week I held the “”You Didn’t Get What You Wanted $500 Gadget Giveaway”.  It was an opportunity 5,289 of you with perhaps good intentioned but uncalibrated loves ones that didn’t get you the gadget you wanted over the holidays, …

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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 …

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This past year has been a pretty substantial one for new sports tech products. Across nearly all categories we either saw piles of new devices to choose from, or saw a few really good new devices stand out from the …

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One of the coolest things about the indoor trainer industry is how many apps there really are. Sure, you know the big-name ones that seem to dominate the news cycle. But there’s tons of really tiny apps that you (or …

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I’m sure many of you received various sports gadgets over the last few weeks as part of the holidays.  But for those unlucky elves who received only a half-eaten gel packet in their Christmas stocking from their not-so-significant others, I’ve …

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So, you just got a new gadget under the tree (or, perhaps for some other Festivus in the last while). Congrats! Now, you’ve gotta figure out how to channel your inner sports geekdom to get the most out of that …

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Transporting home our Christmas tree has become an annual tradition of ours since moving to Europe. And this year we continued it after our move from Paris to Amsterdam. Except, you know…a bigger bike equals a bigger tree. But let’s …

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Last weekend we headed up to northern Finland for four days with another family. Both our sets of kids are all only a few days apart in age. But since we were busy defrosting from that trip last week, I …

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Just a super-duper quick public service announcement for those that don’t follow on Twitter, or for some reason don’t read the weekly newsletter (written by The Girl). But this Saturday morning we’ll be hosting a simple Amsterdam Santa Claus themed …

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No matter the product, eventually, for every product review I post, sooner or later someone has a power related accuracy issue with their unit. In today’s post, I’ll be focusing on power meter and trainer accuracy issues. But perhaps down …

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Phew – a whirlwind of a weekend – here’s what we were up to as our visitors wrapped up their stays and the holidays got into full swing! 1) DCR Live Stream With Lama and DesFit Friday evening we kicked …

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And just like that – it’s Friday! If you’re reading this prior to 11AM US Eastern Time/5PM Central European time – then don’t miss out on my YouTube Livestream today (Friday) with GPLama and DesFit – here to answer all …

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First off, no, ‘augmented reality’ does not mean ‘virtual reality’. Two totally different things that share very little in common, except the world reality. Like ‘alternate reality’ – which is what happens when you don’t train all winter and think …

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This past Saturday was the 5th annual DCR Open House, and most notably – the first time I’ve shown off the new DCR Amsterdam Cave. A spot that the construction crews finished moving out most of their tools around 1AM …

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Well folks, it’s November 29th, so it’s time to have a detailed look at all of our socially exciting athletic data from the entirety of calendar year 2018 to see what patterns we might be able to discern. No better …

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Today Specialized continued their slow invasion into sports tech gadgetry with the introduction of the Specialized ANGi standalone pod and fully pod-equipped helmet lineup. These connected helmet pods alert your friends and family when you crash, but also give those …

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Here’s what we’ve been up to the last few days. While normally for US folk this past weekend would have been part of the larger Thanksgiving weekend (usually spanning up to four days, inclusive of Thanksgiving), living overseas means that …

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It’s that time of year again when there are tons of sales on all sorts of sports technology items.  Everything this year is pointing to earlier sales than normal, as manufacturers and retailers alike try to lock in your dollars …

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While it may seem a bit quieter on the site in recent weeks – that’s mostly because I’ve been slammed trying to get things all setup in the new space, as well as compiling the huge buyers guides (Power Meter …

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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 …

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It’s hard to explain why the trail camp we put on for veterans and surviving family members has the impact it does. It’s not because what we do is complicated. We run for two and a half days. We teach skills like hill running, technical trail running, speed work, aid station strategies, nutrition, first aid etc. etc. We do all that exceptionally well, but that’s not the reason why everyone involved from veterans to surviving family members to paying participants to the mentors themselves leave the camp feeling rejuvenated, happy and hopeful. We manage to encapsulate and simulate the experiences […]

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Today WatTeam has decided to cease production of power meters while they focus on looking for a strategic partner to carry their low-cost power meter concept forward. Said differently, they’re looking for a bigger brand to buy out the technology …

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When you don´t write for long, it´s hard to know where to begin. But sharing almost daily on social media, a few of you might...

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Like clockwork, it’s that time of year again! The now annual 20% off sale.  Now technically, it’s semi-annual since it happens now and in the spring.  But I don’t think anyone’s complaining about the chance to buy a brand new …

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It’s time. Because, well, it’s been a long time since the last time. And more importantly, because it buys me some time back tomorrow writing a post, since I’m spending the majority of this week finally moving into the new …

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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 …

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I took Asa to the pediatrician for his annual checkup, and I have been sick as a dog ever since. So many potent kid germs in one place, I guess. It’s like I licked the floor there or something though. I spent two and a half days like a salted slug on the coach while the kids wreaked havoc around me. I made it to the Anytime Fitness late last night determined to get a run in. I had a coughing fit about twenty minutes in, and I’m sure the other Saturday night gym weirdos thought I had TB. They […]

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Got two and a half quick tech tidbits for you today, as I keep my head down focused on a flotilla of trainer posts for the next 48 hours. All trainers…all the time.  Until then, some non-trainer news that will …

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Never fails. Anytime I start to really skimp on sleep, the articles about how awful that is for you start appearing.   Alright, already. You try and work from home! Saturday, we drove to Corpus Christi for Asa’s soccer game, (2.5 hours for an 11 year-old’s soccer game), went to the team lunch afterwards, then (heck, we’re here!) went to the beach, and drove home. And then it was me with the late night weirdos at Anytime Fitness at 10:30pm on a Saturday night. It was a very good day, fatigued or not. Alright, back to the CDC and the […]

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I was panning for gold on Twitter and voilà! Here’s the link to the article which AND the live cam! Two things: Halloween Costume: Check! Itinerary for Christmas visit to DC: Check! What’s making me happy: Running: 14 miles easy with 90 seconds pickups every 8 minutes

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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 …

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Here’s your (occasional) round-up of Friday randomness within the sports tech world. These are items that I felt I wanted to provide a bit more commentary/detail on than just a quick one-liner note in my usual Week in Review post, …

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I broke down and got a membership to Anytime Fitness. It was a coyote in the neighborhood that finally pushed me over the edge. I’ve been skittish ever since I got attacked by a dog in DC, and I’ve been running with pepper spray, and sharing the dark neighborhood streets with the coyote seemed like too much. If I lived out in the country, a coyote would be one thing, but I’m in the city. City coyotes seem like trouble. And I’m too tired for trouble right now. So it’s me and a bevy of late night weirdos at the […]

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My neighbor came over last night for a glass of wine. We’ve been neighbors for years now, but this was our first wine drinking get together. And I found out that the woman who owned the house before us died in a murder suicide a few years ago! I guess I’ll stop forwarding her mail. I also found out her husband is in jail for 20 plus years — and not because he was involved in the murder suicide. Sheesh!  Lord knows what I might have found out if we had had cocktails instead of wine. What’s making me happy: (The […]

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Eliot’s grading student papers about that trip to Costa Rica with the Honors College in August. Most of the writing is awful. I wish I could provide some samples for you. Here’s a picture of Eliot ranting about it instead. One of his actual comments on this paper: “Pro-tip: That red squiggly line under a word means it’s misspelled.” My favorite: “Why did you write this yucky sentence. You confused yourself.” It was a yucky sentence. I’m sure you all have corrected my grammar if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, but this was another level […]

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Ruby got a little flyer from her little Methodist day school today. So I asked her, “What is your favorite book character?” She responded, “The one with the colored girl.” WHAT?!? What going on with the San Antonio Methodists?? Geez!!! And then I looked at the flyer more closely. Whew. What’s making me happy: Running: 75 minutes

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300 posts!!! Good grief. 65 more to go… Here is a poem Laz put up on the ultra listserv about the Big Backyard Ultra. —– Forwarded Message —– From: lazarus <drystoneman@hotmail.com> To: ultra List <ultra@listserv.dartmouth.edu> Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 4:17:27 AM EDT Subject: 68 hours: dreamtime the race for me had become an endless repetition, as i made my way around my circuit of duties. hour after hour i went thru the same unchanging tasks. the core task was the bells and whistles. that was the one that had to happen every hour and had to happen at the same time every hour. […]

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I paced CJ from 9pm-ish to 4am- ish and it was fun and she was wonderful, but now I am toast. Here’s an article to read about one of the campers who will be coming to trail camp in November while I make my way back to San Antonio. “He was a flunk-out from Texas A&M’s Aggie Guide Dogs and Service Dogs program—not because of his skills (or lack thereof), but because of his height.”   http://www.austinfitmagazine.com/March-2013/Healing-the-Unseen-Wounds-of-War-2/ What’s making me happy: Rob and CJ’s Sprinter van. Running: 20.5 miles

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I’m in North Carolina this weekend pacing my friend CJ at the Uwharrie 100. I’ll let you know exactly how unrelenting it all was tomorrow night. I’m hoping “The Soul Crusher” hill isn’t too crushing just one or two times through. I’m flying into Charlotte on a 5am flight, and then driving out to Uwharrie National Forest. If all goes well, I should be out there crewing and guzzling coffee by 10:30am. What’s making me happy: Running: 20.5 miles pacing CJ at Uwharrie sometime tonight

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A friend and runner I’m coaching has a friend who is a vet who said it’d be fine to take the puppies outside to go to the bathroom. Game changer!! Oh my gosh, I can’t even tell you how much better my life is now that half of it isn’t taken up cleaning the tiles in Asa’s bedroom and the openings in the dog crate. The ADL folks had said the puppies couldn’t go outside until they were old enough to get all their shots.  Here’s to friends with vet friends who think that that’s crazy talk! What’s making me happy: […]

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I put our name on the Animal Defense League’s foster puppy list. I thought it would be a way to ease us into being dog owners. And, you know, I was trying to find a way to inject a bit more crazy around here. Picture me up before 5am tending to lonely puppies with active intestines. Now picture me a bit more crazed. Where was the rest of the family? The ones who really wanted a puppy? Fast asleep and warm in bed. I gave everybody the silent treatment while I inhaled coffee later. They were oblivious to my frazzled […]

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After bits of teasing since earlier this summer, the Zwift New York City course is finally here. And, it’s nothing like what you expected. Well, unless you expected flying cars, levitating translucent roadways, and buses dangling from glowing blue railway …

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I stayed up most of last night and cleaned the kitchen and living room. It had to be done, and I couldn’t see a way to make it happen otherwise. So, sure, maybe I feel like an absolute wreck today, but at least I can lie down on the clean floor and feel sorry for myself. What’s making me happy: Running: 40 minutes easy (SLOG.)

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I don’t usually cover the slew of app announcements for the Apple Watch – but this one is definitely different, and, if you’re looking to get cool action video of yourself – then this is also unique. As of today, …

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