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2011 Holiday Gift Ideas for Triathletes

hst11promo.jpgIt's that time of year again, which mean TRIJUICE fans, this post really isn't for you. This post is intended for your family, wife, father, sister and friends, to help them get you something cool Holiday Season. If you want something you like/want, make sure to mention this story to them.

It's that time of year again which means it time to figure out what to get a triathlete that already has everything or is a newbie in the sport and needs some help. Well, we hope to take some of the pain out of your holiday shopping with some great, unique gift ideas for your triathlete.

Stocking Stuffers
Here are some small gift ideas that any triathlete would enjoy this holiday season.


• A great item for the triathlete that just finished racing or is in a hurry after a quick workout. Help them stay clean and fresh. Action Wipes are all natural wet wipes created specifically for times when you can't shower. They're made with all natural ingredients and can withstand machine washings so that they can be repurposed for other uses such as a shop rag, cleaning your car, wiping down your bike after a muddy bike ride. MSRP: $25 for 25 single packs (www.actionwipes.com)

• Here is a great new product that we go to test this year and would recommend for your triathlete. SLATHER from Skin Strong helps prevent chafing, friction, and hot spots with its ultra-rich formula. The subtle cooling effect makes long rides more comfortable. It's great even on chafed skin that develops if you forget to use some. MSRP: $12.99 (www.skinstrong.com)

• For the male triathletes, a fun and fashionable way to reduce cycling related garbage and keep their pants in place. The Belt Eco from Bontrager utilizes recycled inner tubes to construct a durable belt works with all standard buckles. Available in three sizes and includes an ECO designed, recyclable stainless steel buckle. MSRP: $59.99 (www.bontrager.com)

• If they are new to the sport of triathlon they might enjoy something like this to remember the conquests they've achieved. A Personalized Swim.Bike.Run BibFOLIO from TRI Forever lets them add their racing bibs to a nice book that can even be personalized. Surely to be treasured for many years to come. MSRP: $39.99 (www.triforever.com)

Triathlete's tend to have a lot of gear. Some of the basics include socks, tri / cycling shorts, jerseys or nutrition items. We ignored those items and came up with some other exciting gift ideas.


• Several new triathlon books were released this year, which covered a variety of topics. Here are three good ones to consider. The Feed Zone Cookbook (VeloPress) provides 150 delicious recipes that even the busiest athletes can prepare in less time than it takes to warm up for a workout. With simple recipes requiring just a handful of ingredients, Biju and Lim show how easy it is for athletes to prepare their own food, whether at home or on the go. The Athlete's Guide to Recovery (VeloPress) from Sage Rountree offers recovery plans that target various race distances which will enable them to maintain that hard-to-find balance between rigorous training and rest so that they can feel great and compete at their highest capability. I'M HERE TO WIN (Center Street) from Chris McCormack reveals everything it takes-mind, body, and spirit-to become a champion. He shares the story of his triumphs and the never-say-die dedication that has made him the world's most successful triathlete. MSRP: $18 - $28 via Amazon (shopping link) (www.velopress.com) (www.centerstreet.com)

• We triathletes always need a pair of goggles for various conditions. Light ones for dark conditions, dark or metallic ones for bright and sunny days and an extra pair to replace those that get scratched up in our transitions bags. From TYR you have the Orion Goggles that feature a flat forward viewing plane, for distortion free viewing, reduced image shift and eye fatigue, and increased peripheral clarity or the TYR Arc 180 Mask featuring an oversized uni-body frame that provides large full peripheral vision construction and a built-in anti-fog Polycarbonate Lens. MSRP: Orion $30.00 / Arc $26.00 (www.tyr.com)

• The conquest for some triathletes to as fast as they can on the bike leaves little time for mother nature and pit stops along the way for some. Here is a great t-shirt for them or anyone else that one day might want /need to do this. The "I PEE on my bike!" t-shirt from Triathlon Rocks will let them show off their capabilities while letting other triathletes know to get out of the way it they see them on the bike course. MSRP: $16-$20 (www.triathlonrocks.com)

Special Items
Here are a couple of excellent ideas that would be appreciated by any triathlete and get you a nice hug this holiday season.


• Research has show that proper recovery after long and hard training session is key to performance gains. Here is a cool product from 110% Play Harder that will let them ice down after a race or long training session. The 110% Recovery and Training System is compression gear that turns into recovery gear when you insert the re-usable ice packs right into the specific built-in pockets. Fusing the benefits of compression with the elemental power of ice is so simple with the variety of items they have, including the popular Juggler Knickers. MSRP: $150 (www.110playharder.com)

• Here is a great item for to those triathletes moving up to a new distance like a half or a full. Help them stay hydrated and aero especially on hot days. The Aero 30 Hydration System from TorHans is touted as the most aerodynamic, aero-bar mounted, hydration system on the market today. It's the same water bottle that Chrissie Wellington used in Kona this year. It has a 30oz capacity with a aero dynamic straw and a fill-on-the-go cap. This bottle will keep them hydrated without ever coming out of their aero position. MSRP: $69.95 (www.torhans.com)

• Training and Racing can make our muscles sore and tired. A great special treat for any triathlete before or after a race is a great massage. How about a gift certificate for a massage or two to make them feel like new. Getting rid of the knots derived from training or racing hard will definitely put a smile on their face. MSRP: $65-$85 (Average for 1 hour)

Ultimate Gifts
Here's are a couple of unique gift ideas that are great to consider and will work for you if your holiday gifts don't have a price limit or you want to give them something really special.

• A new watch might be in store for those triathletes that like gadgets and data. The new Garmin Forerunner 910XT is the latest watch with many new features, including 20 hours of battery life, enough for a full iron distance triathlon. It's the only all-in-one, GPS-enabled device that provides detailed swim metrics and tracks distance, pace, elevation and heart rate for running and cycling. It sports a sleek profile, comfy wristband and an easy-to-read display. MSRP: $399.99 ($449.99 with heart rate monitor) Recently announced, not fully available (www.garmin.com)

•Here is one way for them to remember and show off their initial or special Ironman achievement. How about an awesome looking Balfour Ironman Ring from Big Island Jewelers. Not only does it have the M-Dot logo on top, but it can be personalized to have the athletes name and their splits engraved on the side as well. It comes in two sizes, Large and Medium. It's just like the super-duper rings football players get after winning the Super Bowl. If they pretty much already have everything a triathlete can have, then this is what they need. MSRP: Silver/Platinum Medium $1,595, Large $1,795 (www.bigislandjewelers.com)