Digests

Find here a summary of digests previously sent by email to Zafiri subscribers, sequenced in reverse chronological order. Digests are the sole “newsletter” type of update sent by email, issued once every two months. They offer an abridged version of what’s being going on, demonstrating the scope of Zafiri in a succinct format.

2019

January

2018
October, JulyMay, March, January

January 3rd, 2019

Here wrapping our first year of Zafiri’s City Guides, with the recent publishing of DenverCopenhagen and Durham, North Carolina getting us to a total of 22. Keeping to this cadence in 2019 will ensure that the collection soon meets the needs of a good volume of athletic travellers in Europe and North America.

Other items from the past two months include the reviewing of Sweat Equity, a business book for those baffled by the continued growth of fitness clubs like Barry’s Bootcamp and Flywheel, two of our favourites. A trip to the East Coast of the U.S. presented an opportunity to try out the socially conscious Eaton DC, a new hotel brand from the same group behind The Langham.

On the business front: we’re at just over 250 subscribers, presenting healthy but still insufficient revenue with pricing at £25 per year. Upcoming outreach to triathlon clubs for group deals should put the City Guides in front of existing clusters of consistent and determined athletes.

October 6th, 2018

I’m just back from a weekend in the Bavarian Alps at vegan hotel SeinZ, substituting the clamour of Munich’s Oktoberfest for cold water skinny dipping and mountain biking. The final weekend trip of the year takes place in two weeks in Upstate New York, road cycling in the Catskills – do join for some Autumn riding.

Earlier in the summer, some time in Geneva was enough to try out La Cour des Augustins, a centrally located design hotel. A more local excursion to a tiny pub-hotel in the Chiltern Hills30 miles west of London was another summer highlight – drop in for the night, or swing by for a meal. The surfacing of training concerns when travelling through Namibia in February inspired a short guide to African safari properties, forcusing on those that are stocked with equipment to appease athletic wildlife enthusiasts.

New city guides includes an assessement of Baron von Hausmanm’s work in Paris, and a salute to fast-footed Eliud Kioproge, who recently set Berlin alight in the city’s marathon. Other city training infrastructure includes a napping studio in London, as well as guide to what to expect from Barry’s Bootcamp classes, useful if you’re on the road or if you find yourself in a winter rut.

July 19th, 2018

Three more city guides have published over the past two months, documenting the essentials for endurance athletes visiting AmsterdamHouston and Singapore, so signalling our first city guide for Asia. Amsterdam’s hospitality highlight arrives in the form of a series of boathouses recently converted into tiny hotels, while Singapore and Houston share victories in building infrastructure for athletes surrounded by humidity and urbanism.

New hotel reviews provide entry training notes for Pittsburgh and Berlin, while a guide to napping in New York bolts onto the existing Manhattan guide. A summary of dynamic running crews in Portland, London and New York serves as a useful primer to a new era for athletic clubs and improved standards.

Finally, weekend trips in Bavaria (September) and upstate New York (October) are still open for booking, with the Catskills, NY trip being in greatest demand.

May 9th, 2018

We’re now in May, and the West Coast of the U.S. has been won. New city guides are out for PortlandSeattleHollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. Let me know if you want guides for any European cities published soon – a balancing act is due.

I’ve just returned from a Trip cycling with Catskill Collective in Upstate New York. Fabulous riding and there’s an idea to return to their cabin for the second weekend of October – message me if this is of interest. In Europe, another Trip will be taking place 21st to 23rd September out of a vegan hotel near to Munich, coinciding with Oktoberfest for those who want to combine Bavarian countryside with beer.

On the business front, I’ve switched the subscription over to an annual £25, and monthly £3, for city guides only. Trips will continue to happen and be broadcasted by email, but they aren’t formally part of the subscription.

A note to the check out the hotels section of the website where far-flung properties in West Texasthe Namibian desert and south coast of England have been reviewed in the past three months, with training notes added for good measure.

March 13th, 2018

By now there’s a good chance you’re thinking about the upcoming racing season. The Beast from the East has moved from British shores, California’s snowpack was recently doubled in a single storm and the mercury in New York is expected to rise through the mid-40s this week.

New City Guides finally pay attention to Manhattan, as well as the more tempered Vancouver. Further east, a city guide for Cape Town is the first to chart southerly latitudes, balanced on the other side of the equator by the more frigid Edinburgh.

On the horizon are a pair of Trips, one for Londoners interested in knocking around the Chilterns (23rd – 25th March), and a second for New York cyclists in a converted cabin in the Catskills, taking place over the first weekend of May.

January 1st, 2018

This email includes the first digest in a bimonthly cycle of updates from Zafiri. Here goes:

In November and December, initial City Guides were published for six locations.
These first versions included the discretionary split of Brooklyn from its islandised neighbour, and Venice & Santa Monica from the rooftop distractions of downtown L.A.. London was tackled as a whole, while the endurance gems of Munich, Rome and San Francisco ended up being the most compact.

First Trips are now out, with one discounted weekend happening at the end of the week near London, and another over the first weekend of May in the Catskills north of New York. New Trips for Napa Valley and Palm Springs might entice Californians for weekends in May.

The first two months of 2018 will be important for the opening up of new Trips and the growth of subscriptions to break-even. New City Guides shall be published each Friday and focus on towns that host major conferences. Learn about the subscription and check into the dynamic executive summary to get business forecasts. Discount code EARLY75 shall be active during January – do share among your most athletic friends for 75% off their new subscription.

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