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Garmin services go down after reported ransomware attack

Triathlon Magazine Canada 2 months 1 day ago

Garmin users around the world woke up yesterday morning to the realization that the app that pairs their phone to their bike computer or sports watch was down. Notices on social media and on the company’s website described an “outage” that affected Garmin Connect and also affected call centers.

We are currently experiencing an outage that affects Garmin Connect, and as a result, the Garmin Connect website and mobile app are down at this time. (1/2)

— Garmin (@Garmin) July 23, 2020

This outage also affects our call centers, and we are currently unable to receive any calls, emails or online chats. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and apologize for this inconvenience. (2/2)

— Garmin (@Garmin) July 23, 2020


It has since been reported by media sites including ZDNet that the company is dealing with a ransomware attack “that has encrypted its internal network and some production systems.”

ZDNet also reported that a Taiwanese tech news site called iThome had shared an internal Garmin memo to its factories in Taiwan “announcing two days of maintenance mode” for today and tomorrow due to a virus.

The report speculates that the cause of the shut down is a “new strain of ransomware that appeared earlier this year, called WastedLocker.”

“WastedLocker basically tries to hit all production data and corrupt/encrypt all backups so you are forced to pay a ransom to restore access,” says technology expert Travis Sitzlar, who was formerly the Chief Technologist at Ironman. “That Garmin is offline — and memos are saying they need two days of extended downtime even in factories — is pointing to a mass loss of access to data and systems.”

“That’s why outside observers believe it’s WastedLocker,” Sitzlar continues, “Since the steal-and-blackmail virus variants don’t necessarily destroy your access because that also ends their backdoor and cuts off the information flow. The other variations try to steal the data and then the hackers attempt to blackmail/extort the victims to prevent release of confidential or proprietary data.”

Triathletes keen to upload their training data to services like Strava can still manually upload their files, as our sister publication Canadian Cycling Magazine reported yesterday:

Simply plug your Garmin into your computer using the USB you use to charge it, navigate to ‘devices’ on finder and click on your Garmin (Mac) or click on the Garmin device under your File Explorer (PC). Click on the ‘activity’ folder and find the .fit file for todays activity.

Go to Strava.com, click the + button at the top right corner, click ‘Upload activity’, then ‘File’ on the left. Upload today’s activity and you’re done.

The Garmin outage has some serious overtones, though. flyGarmin, the web service that supports Garmin’s aviation navigational equipment, was also down yesterday, as was the Garmin Pilot app.

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Das neue Cervélo Caledonia

Tritime 2 months 1 day ago

Cervélo Cycles präsentiert das neue Rennrad „Cervélo Caledonia“. Der kanadische Hersteller umschreibt das – je nach Ausstattung zwischen 3.199 Euro und 10.999 Euro teure – Rennrad folgendermaßen: „Caledonia is a bike for the way riders ride. It’s a bike for the modern road rider.“ Das Cervélo Caledonia ist ein „All Road-“ oder auch „Endurance-Rennrad“, dass […]

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Argon 18 E-118 Tri+ Disc: cycling ready, triathlon fast

Triathlon Magazine Canada 2 months 2 days ago

The concept behind Argon 18’s E-118 Tri+ Disc was simple – why couldn’t triathletes and cyclists enjoy a super-aero ride that was still really light. For years we’d been told that weight wasn’t nearly as important as aerodynamics when it came to time trialing and triathlon racing, but it always seemed like the people who were telling us that either never raced on courses like Ironman Nice or Ironman Lanzarote.

Beyond just weight, though, to understand what makes the E-118 Tri+ Disc such an interesting development on the triathlon front, you need to understand some of the history behind Argon 18. While it seems like Argon 18 has really burst onto the triathlon scene over the last decade or so, the Quebec-based company was actually founded in 1989. In 2001 the company launched its first 100 per cent carbon fibre frame and, four years later, released its first monocoque (one piece) carbon frame. The innovative bike that really grabbed triathletes’ attention came in 2008 with the E-114 – it featured the market’s first integrated cockpit, the beginning of the company’s ONEness concept which has become a mainstay in its triathlon line up. In 2012 Argon 18 launched the E-118, which was a UCI-legal bike, but like Cervelo’s P5, quickly became popular with triathletes.

The integrated cockpit offers lots of adjustability and excellent aerodynamics.

It’s not as though triathletes weren’t aware of the brand before the original E-118, though. In 2006 Samantha McGlone took the Ironman 70.3 World Championship on an Argon 18, while Torbjorn Sindballe and Bella Comerford took the ITU Long Distance World Championship on Argon 18 bikes, too. A couple of years later the company saw success on the Big Island, with McGlone taking second and Sindballe third.

Related: Argon 18 E118 Tri+ Disc photo gallery

While Cervelo has been dominating the Kona bike count for years, Argon 18’s progress in terms of numbers at the Ironman World Championship has been more gradual. That’s mirrored in the company’s involvement with elite cycling, too. While Cervelo jumped onto the world cycling scene in the 2000s, it wasn’t until 2015 that Argon 18 appeared at the Tour de France with Team Bora-Argon 18. In 2016 the Danish Olympic team rode Argon 18’s Electron Pro track bike to two bronze medals. A year after that the company started working with the Astana Pro Team, who rode the company’s Gallium Pro to stage wins at both the Tour and the Vuelta de Espana (Tour of Spain).

So, like Cervelo had to do back in the mid-2000s when it had to develop bikes that were UCI-legal, but would also work for triathletes, Argon 18 found itself needing to take care of the needs of the world’s top cyclists and triathletes.

Heather Jackson enjoys the ultra-low position afforded by the Argon 18 E-118 Tri+ Disc as she starts the bike at the Ironman World Championship.

The E-118 Tri+ Disc is very much the result of that dynamic. Triathletes used to riding heavier bikes will immediately notice the 250 g that’s been shaved off the previous version of the E-118 (the E-118Next), which is an impressive feat considering the new frame features disc brakes, which usually add weight. It’s not only weight, though, that you’ll notice while riding the E-118 Tri+. The snappy handling no-doubt helped the Astana Pro team capture the team time trial at the Vuelta last year. While most triathletes won’t have the handling skills to push the bike to its limit like a pro cyclist might, they will no-doubt enjoy the stiff, performance-oriented frame that offers a really responsive ride. Much like the latest version of Cervelo’s P5, this is a bike that you can comfortably hammer in and out of corners.

None of which makes any difference, though, if you can’t dial in both a comfortable and aero position – the true key to triathlon performance. This is where over a decade of dialing in its integrated aero cockpit thanks to the ONEness concept really comes to play for Argon 18. The updated front end in the E-118 Tri+ disc allows for an extremely aggressive riding position with a lower profile (the stack height is two cm lower than the E-118Next) and sets the grips on the handlebars a whopping four cm lower – that means you are more aero no matter how you’re riding this bike.

With lots of adjustment possibilities, you can achieve an aero position that remains extremely comfortable, which ultimately will get you the most performance come race day. The fact that there’s not a cable to be seen to catch the wind only adds to the performance of this bike.

Disc brakes provide excellent stopping power. Somehow Argon 18 managed to add disc brakes and still lower the overall weight.

Our review model came equipped with Shimano Ultegra Di2 components and HED Jet Plus Black 6 and 9 race wheels, making it race-ready right out of the box. The disc brakes provide excellent stopping capabilities, so you can push to the limits even on the most technical and demanding rides, while the light weight and stiff, responsive frame are great for climbing, too.

Even puppy Charlotte was impressed by the race-ready package that includes Shimano Ultegra Di2 components and HED Jet Plus Black 6 and 9 race wheels.

Put it all together and Argon 18 have come up with a very impressive package – one that serves the world’s top professional cyclists and triathletes, while also providing discerning and demanding age groupers with a bike that will provide no excuses come race day.

Equipped with Ultegra Di2 components and HED Jet Black 6/9 wheels the E118 Tri+ Disc retails for $11,800. ($6,950 frameset.)

This story first appeared in the July, 2020 issue of Triathlon Magazine Canada.

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Plantar fasciitis, the pain in your heel

Triathlon Magazine Canada 2 months 2 days ago

Plantar fasciitis. Just the thought of getting this injury sends chills down your spine. It isn’t that this is the most painful or debilitating injury, but that it’s annoying. In its early stages, plantar fasciitis produces pain in the heel that is present upon stepping out of bed. And, while the pain may not be experienced when running, after prolonged inactivity the pain can return. Without proper intervention, this pain can progress and become a serious injury. 

Unfortunately, how one intervenes is variable depending on the individual and their response to treatment. But before exploring treatment options, first, it is important to understand the injury itself.

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Shin splints are another overuse injury that is common in runners.

Like shin splints, plantar fasciitis is a common overuse injury in runners. It occurs when the plantar fascia, which is responsible for the integrity of the medial longitudinal arch of the foot, becomes inflamed by repetitive stresses. And the constant pounding of your feet on the tarmac is a stress. Each kilometre of running requires roughly 600 to 800 footfalls. The force that is absorbed in each footfall is said to be two to three times the weight of the body, which is a considerable amount of force absorbed through the foot. Thus, with repeated exposure to this stress, it is reasonable to conclude that if there is any weakness already present in the foot – anatomical, biomechanics, fatigue or equipment – it will be exposed to injury. 

As one may predict plantar fasciitis has to do with inflammation of the plantar fascia, which spreads from the medial side of the calcaneus (heel bone) to the ball of the foot. Commonly, the pain experienced with plantar fasciitis is localized to the medial aspect of the heel bone, as well as the medial arch of the foot. This is because when the fascia is stretched during the landing phase of running, stress is placed at the heel. Thus, when inefficiencies in gait, foot or shoes are present, plantar fasciitis can develop. 

Related: Understanding the pain of plantar fasciitis

While plantar fasciitis doesn’t discriminate between who feels the sharp pain, some are at an increased risk. Common histories that predispose people to plantar fasciitis are flat feet, excessive pronation upon mid-stance (ground contact when running), tight calves and Achilles tendon, as well as the quality and durability of running shoes used. 

So, while treatment is essential, it is also important to determine the root cause of the injury to correct inefficiencies. 

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In many cases, incorporating rest with strength exercises, stretching and proper footwear, there is often alleviation of symptoms. It is also worth mentioning that even if you don’t suffer from plantar fasciitis, taking preventive measures such as getting an orthotic evaluation and/or gait analysis is suggested. At the very least incorporating foot strengthening exercises can have a significant impact on reducing the incidence of injuries – not just plantar fasciitis. 

Here are a few best practices when it comes to managing and treating plantar fasciitis.

  1. Reduce inflammation by resting and icing the site of injury. 
  2. Treatment by a certified healthcare professional – for example, a sports physician, physiotherapist or chiropractor.
  3. Gait and orthotics analysis. Orthotics are designed for daily life, but also running. A running orthotic needs to be designed for dynamic movement, while also guiding the foot in a neutral position. 
  4. Picking the proper running shoe for you. The running industry is blessed with several shoe options. However, that can make selecting a shoe right for you daunting. Read more: Which kind of running shoes reduce injury risk?
    Stability shoe vs natural shoe. What shoes to wear for what distances, workouts or runs.
  5. Foot strengthening exercises and stretches. Watch this video from Canadian Running Magazine: VIDEO: must-do winter running strength exercises

As mentioned before, treatment will vary between individuals. There are numerous non-invasive treatments, as well as a few invasive ones – such as cortisone injection and surgery. Ultimately, the intervention used will come down to the severity of the injury and consolation with a medical professional that has an understanding of the demands of running.

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