Week in Review–August 14, 2022
The week in review is a collection of all the great stuff 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’ve often wondered what to do with all the cool stuff people write, and even though I share a lot on Twitter and Facebook is a better forum to post it to all of you. Most of the time, these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout for all that good stuff!
So with that, let’s take action!
Sports technology offers:
A few things popped up this week, so here’s a quick mention:
|Product||Sale price||Amazon||Sales Notes|
|Apple TV 4K (32GB) for Zwift – $60 off||$119||Amazon||⚡⚡ I use it for almost all my Zwifting. It’s a fantastic offering for the latest edition, which runs Zwift, RGT, FulGaz, Rouvy, and more.|
|Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm) – $100 off
|$299||Amazon||⚡It’s a pretty solid case. Obviously, we’re probably less than a month away from releasing new Apple Watch units (usually mid-September), but the Series 7 gets all the new features of WatchOS 9, including the new triathlon mode and the operating power.|
|Beats PowerBeats Studio Buds – $50 off
|$99||Amazon||⚡I’ve been using them since last summer, mostly for my indoor workouts, but also for some of my runs (eg testing most watches with music). I love them and they have become my favorite friends.|
DCR posts from the past week:
Here are all the new features of the site:
Sunday: Garmin watches now wish you a happy birthday
Monday: Practice with Apple WatchOS 9’s new triathlon mode in a race
Tuesday: Garmin Enduro 2 GPS Watch In-Depth Review: Tested to the Limit!
Thursday: Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro: First sports review
Friday: Apple adds manual triathlon transitions to latest WatchOS 9 beta
YouTube video from last week:
Here’s what hit the tubes on the You of Tube, don’t forget to subscribe there to be informed of the videos the second they arrive!
Things I found interesting around the Interwebs:
Here’s a not-so-small rundown of all the random things I stumbled upon while doing my civic duty to find the end of the internet:
1) Rubbish bin run: Just when I think I’ve heard or seen most types of running, here’s some news. This particular athletic effort involves dragging a wheelie bin as fast as possible over an uncertain distance. Apparently, flour is also included. It’s all a bit… fuzzy to me. But it looks spectacular:
Today was Springhill Feile Fun Day.
And the Wheelie Bin race was something else! pic.twitter.com/u4fllDy7U8
— Feile an Phobail (@FeileBelfast) July 29, 2022
2) Fitbit will end music sideloading on watches: The writing on the wall for this was actually a year or two ago when they stopped allowing it on their newer units. While I think in general people loading MP3s or whatever onto watches is mostly a thing of the past (barring a few hardcore ones), most using streaming services I’m surprised it’s something that requires fancy software – instead of just enumerating like a USB mass storage drive with a simple “Music” folder.
3) The argument for more buttons on smartwatches: I would (obviously) agree, including to test the Watch5. Much like this writer’s location, it’s hot and sweaty right now in Amsterdam, and trying to swipe to access certain Watch5 Pro pages during practice mode is a challenge at best. It’s obviously no different than in the past, except now Samsung and Apple are increasingly targeting that endurance-focused market with new modes like triathlon and longer battery life for GPS sports.
4) The new Aerosensor system launches a crowdfunding campaign: This aptly named Aerosensor (no, really, that’s the product name), has been lurking in the background for several years in development, and I’ve encountered them a few times at trade shows during that time. It was previously called Velosense. They have now launched and CyclingTips has a very good detailed article on them. Without diving into the details of this product, it will be interesting to see if the aero sensors industry (for cycling) can find its way. Before COVID, the challenge was that these products were just too difficult for most athletes to use. Even the most geeky/advanced athlete often struggled to get accurate (or at least consistent) results on multiple occasions, mostly due to a mix of knowledge on how to use them and numerous “gotchyas”. Then COVID came along and basically killed any reason for runners to go out and buy a $1,000 device to test their stance, as races were largely irrelevant (especially the big races for which people trained for a whole season). I have no doubt that if we fast-forward countless years down the road, with technological improvements, aero sensors will be as common on a high-performance bike as a bike computer. In fact, probably built into the bike computer (as we saw with the iBike). But the road from here is long.
5) Peloton has more layoffs, increases engineering hiring, raises prices, and more: This one is interesting. I agree that they’re probably overstretched in customer service departments (as well as retail stores), but I’m not convinced that moving entirely to third-party delivery is the answer, given how much the third party delivery is horribly bad. summer (however, the memo tackles that head-on too). To Peloton’s credit, the new CEO moved very quickly to make changes, and also to roll back changes when the data didn’t allow them to work. The next earnings call is in 11 days, where we’ll see what the numbers looked like (subscription mostly). Remember, the last earnings call showed even greater subscriber growth (in an industry where everyone is losing numbers like crazy). But maintaining that over the summer is tricky at best (this would only show the first part of that). By the way, Peloton is apparently sticking to old pricing until August 19 on a case-by-case basis.
6) Cycling Tips founder Wade Wallace resigns All the props in the world to Wade for building what is by far the best cycling news site, with an extremely talented group of writers. I’ve met and chatted with Wade many times over the years at various events, and he’s a good egg for sure. And on top of that, in building this business, all the people he hired are great people as well. Good luck to Wade in whatever he does next.
seven) Zwifter Nearby Sidebar – A Deep Dive: Just when you think you know a good chunk of how something works, here’s this post, which dives into all the insane nuances of the Zwifter’s neighboring sidebar with loads of little features you might have seen, but not fully understood. It covers it. The image at the end of the post is worthy of being offered as a poster.
8) In the Netherlands, a man caught stealing a palm tree on a mobility scooter: It has nothing to do with endurance sports, but everything to do with the country in which I live. Also, the focus of “Week in Review” was technically never always sports-related. It’s funny enough that I just have to include it. The quotes in there are amazing. For context, Hornbach is essentially an equally orange big-box Home Depot from the Netherlands.
With that, thanks for reading!