Thursday, May 8, 2014

Join StravAmbit Club

StravAmbit is a new club for all who sync their Strava activities automatically with a Suunto Ambit GPS watch via Movescount. DC Rainmaker provides a brief overview on how it works. Join us now here:

Suunto Ambit2 Sapphire (photo:

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Effect of Facial Hair on Endurance Performance

Journal Ultra Hipst Res 2014 May; 15(2):217-45

The Effect of Facial Hair on Endurance Performance

Plodder, T.


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of facial hair (FH) on power output (PO), rating of perceived exertion (RPE), heart rate (HR), body weight (BW), urine osmolarity (Uosm), and urine electrolyte concentrations ([UNa+], [UK+], [UCl-]) in physically active men (n = 1, the photo and video material used attached) and women (n = 0). The participant was asked to generate his highest possible PO during 5,000 meter and 10,000 meter races under 2 randomized conditions: (a) Munich Olympic Games 1972 (trial 1); and (b) Montreal Olympic Games 1976 (trial 2). BW and urine volume (Vu) were measured before and after the races to determine sweat rate [(SR = deltaBW + Vfluid intake + Vu)/time]. The results indicated that there was a significant increase (p < 0.001) in postexercise Gold Medal accumulation for trials 1 and 2 when compared with the no-FH competitors; however, the effects of mustache and beard were similar. These results suggest that facial hair does enhance performance in physically active men and women who are normally fit.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

King of Trash Master

Just got crowned the King of Trash Master on Strava. What a cool way to kick off May! :-)

PS. All the data was automatically transferred from my Suunto Ambit to Movescount and Strava - all I needed to do was connect the GPS watch to my iMac after the run. Also the segment analysis was done automatically by Strava. Read more about how the Suunto-Strava integration works in this overview by DC Rainmaker.