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Triathlete’s Gift Guide 2017

Gifts under $25! Gifts under $50! Stocking Stuffers!

This time of year there are so many gift guides out there for anyone and everyone. For any budget and every budget. Last year I did a full on gift guide with my recommendations on gear for your triathlete. This year, I’ve got a bit different take on the gift guide with a few specific recommendations thrown in.

(As a side note, if you are doing your Christmas shopping online, I’d love for you to use my Amazon link to support the site. It doesn’t cost you anything and it helps me keep going with my multisport pursuits!)

What not to get your triathlete

Let’s start here: what not to get. Triathletes are a peculiar bunch. We get finicky with the smallest of things. Whenever something is messed up we obsess over it. When there is new gear released we compare it to what we already have.

We also know what we want. We have our favorites and it takes moving a mountain to get us to try something different (or maybe just a horrible race… then we try EVERYTHING different!) With this in mind, don’t get your triathlete anything without researching what they have already and what they want/need. You don’t have to straight up ask them what they want, but a little peak in the closet, at race photos, etc. and a simple google search can go a long way.

For more on this subject (and a good laugh) check out this article by pro triathlete Jesse Thomas. (And this other one too)

What to get your triathlete

Here is the part you came here for: What to get your triathlete. After reading the above, probably the best thing to get them is a gift card so they can buy something themselves! Start with an online triathlon shop like Trisports. Then maybe their local bike shop. Also, Amazon has everything.

The next best thing is something to help their training. An indoor bike trainer like the Tacx Vortex, Flux, or Neo trainers. These are all smart trainers that can control power output for more structured training. If that’s a little too much for your budget, the Travel Trac is the best non-smart trainer out there! Throw in a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription to TrainerRoad and your triathlete will be a happy camper!

Consumables are also always a great bet. Obviously this would include their sports nutrition and supplements like gels, bars, hydration, recovery drinks etc., but I would also throw running shoes in there (make sure you get the brand and model the use!) and bike tires and tubes. These things are all going to need purchased anyway so it saves them from buying them laterso they have more money to spend on the shiny new aero items they’ve had their eye on.

Lastly, if you want to go big, I suggest you hit up the latest gadgets. Triathletes are almost always data nerds. If they don’t have the latest bike computer or GPS watch (like the Garmin 935) that’s always a great buy. A power meter is always welcomed as well! Just make sure to get one that is compatible with their bike. An easy way around this is a pedal based power meter like the Garmin Vector 3 or PowerTap P1.

Stocking Stuffers for your triathlete

The last thing to think about it stoking stuffers. I’ll do a whole other post on this next week, so for now I’d tell you to look for some great socks, those consumables we talked about, or even some small tools to keep their equipment going!

Happy shopping everyone!

And don’t forget to use my Amazon link to support the site!

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Post Season Break- Won’t I loose Fitness?

Ahh… Off Season! There are so many different emotions that come to mind when you talk to a triathlete (or his family) about off season. First is relief! A hard, successful (hopefully) season is behind you. Time to focus on the holidays, put on a few pounds, and spend a little extra time with the family!

But so many athletes balk at the idea of taking a post season break! “Won’t I loose fitness?” They ask. Well… Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

This is the time of year that we all take stock in the year that is past and look forward to the year ahead. It’s also a time of New Year’s resolutions that are almost all destined to fail. I don’t tend to get wrapped up in all the hubbub of the New Year. I enjoy the celebration and I look forward to what is going to happen in 2017!

I figured I run down some of the highlights of my year and then some things I’m looking forward to in 2017.

2016 Highlights

2017 Highlights

  • A new addition to our family
  • Long Course Duathlon Nats (Again)
  • ITU Long Course Duathlon World Championship (or Ironman 70.3 NC… still up in the air)
  • Trip to Germany in late summer/ early fall

What were your highlights of 2016? What are you looking forward to in 2017? Are you making any resolutions? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter!

What did you get for Christmas?

That’s right… the question you always get as you return to work after the Christmas Vacation. What did you get?

Well, my stocking was very much triathlon focused this year… probably because that’s what I put on my list 🙂 That, and my wife just gets me 🙂 So here’s what I got:

  • Honey Stinger Bars– still getting into the Honey Stinger World, and so far I really like these!
  • Skratch Labs Hydration– The best… period. Got some apples and cinnamon for those cold rides, and some individual servings of various flavors.
  • X-lab Torpedo Kompact– A new BTA system for my bike. I’m still trying to figure it all out since my bars are non-standard (read: old). I think I can make it work, and I like the computer mount on top
  • Trigger Point Massage Ball– Recovery is key!
  • Body Glide– no comment needed
  • TrainerRoad Subscription– I’m excited to get back on TR for the winter this year
  • A few other non-triathlon things… like socks… Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without new socks 🙂

So what did you get? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter! If you’re looking to spend the Christmas money you got… check out my Christmas Gift Guide and trisports.com! (I’ve got discount codes if you want them!)

Merry Christmas

I just want to take today’s post to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas!

I simply love the Christmas Season, and with a toddler in the house it just makes it even more amazing! She just loves all the lights and exciting traditions she is finally old enough to enjoy. But what I love most of all is the difference Christmas has made on human history.

You see, Christmas is not about trees and lights and cookies. It’s not even about gifts. It’s about the time God bursted into human history, not just by sovereignly orchestrating events, but by literally becoming human. This is great news! Luke 2:10-14 puts it this way:

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

First of all, this is good news! It is wonderful news that Jesus is born. It is wonderful news that the Savior, the Christ, who has been promised since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden is finally here! It is amazing news because the Lord God actually became a human baby!

The multitude of angels all joined in to praise God for what was happening. They praised God for the peace He was offering to all of humanity. The phrase “peace, goodwill towards men” is better understood as “peace among those with whom he is pleased.” What they are really saying is that Christ came to offer peace with God through salvation.

You see, God can’t be pleased with sin. Anything we do, say, or think that is wrong or hateful or contrary to the Bible is sin. And the Bible clearly states that we all have sinned (Romans 3:23). But we don’t really need to Bible to tell us that. Our conscience can do that for us. We know when we do things that are wrong. And because of those sins we all deserve punishment. That punishment is eternity in Hell (Romans 6:23).

Thankfully, that is what brings us back to Christmas. God loves us so much that he sent Jesus to be born as a human. He didn’t do this just to be a good person or a prophet or to show us how to live. He came to die. The perfect, sinless son of God had to die to take our punishment for us. That is how God payed for the greatest Christmas gift ever; eternal life (Romans 6:23).

The best news of all is that Jesus didn’t stay dead. 3 days later He rose from the dead to show us that the payment was accepted and that we can have eternal life in Him. That’s what we celebrate at Easter!

So to become one of those with whom He is pleased, all we need to do is simply trust Christ and his death on the cross as the only way to be saved from our sins. We can’t do anything on our own to save ourselves, so we need Christ the Savior! (Romans 10:9) When we do that, we have Peace with God and when He looks at us, He sees Jesus… not our sins… and He is pleased.

Will you accept Christ today? Will you acknowledge your need of a Savior and that God took care of that on that first Christmas day?

If you did, I’d love to hear from you either in the comments or on Twitter! I think that would be the most wonderful way to celebrate Christmas this year!

From my Sponsors: Trisports Thanksgiving Sale and Black Friday Door Busters

If you took a look at my Triathlete’s Gift Guide, you will probably be pleased to know that right now Trisports is having their Thanksgiving Sale! Everything in the store is 25% off with the Code “GOBBLE16.” (Some items cannot be discounted, so the code will not include them when calculating your 25% off). This is obviously more than my personal discount codes which are 20% off, so this is a good deal for you guys! I would still appreciate you going through my referral link to support the site and my racing endeavors!

Also, You will want to follow Trisports on Facebook because that is where they will be releasing their Black Friday Door Busters! They will be releasing a new door buster every hour, on the hour during the day Friday starting at 9am PST (that’s noon EST). They mentioned that these are all limited quantities, so you will want to act fast! Again here, I’d appreciate you going through my referral link when you do make a purchase.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful start to the Christmas Season!

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