Shopping For Your Favorite (Tri) Athlete
Just like that Thanksgiving has come and gone. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving week in Arizona helping my mom and dad move into their new home down there. It was very difficult to walk off the plane back in Spokane to the 20 degree weather after spending an entire week in the sunshine, but it is nice knowing that there is a home waiting to visit sometime this winter. With Thanksgiving having just passed and December right around the corner it is that time of year when we all start thinking about Christmas gifts for our favorite humans. So I put together a little list of gifts for your favorite triathlete.
This list contains a little bit of everything, and before I get to far into it I want to stress that this article is in no ways sponsored by any of these companies. A few of them I am sponsored by as an athlete and I have reached out to a few of them to see if they wanted a specific product highlighted and/or would provide a discount code however none of them are sponsoring this article. Each of these companies and the products I am highlighting are ones I have either used myself and believe in. As an athlete, coach, and Influencer I do not partner nor promote any companies or products that I do not believe in 100%.
So… without further ado here are some fun gifts for your favorite athlete!!
Tres Pinas Triathlon Apparel
You all know how much I love Tres Pinas cycling and triathlon apparel. Not only does Elise provide some of the highest quality triathlon apparel that fits amazingly but I just love supporting strong, independent, entrepreneurial women! From cycling kits, sports bras, and running gear you can find it all!!
My favorite is her Purple Prizem Aero Tri-Suit. priced at $220.00.
Also don’t forget Socks for $15.00, you' can’t have enough socks and they make great stocking stuffers.
Rudy Project Defender Sunglasses
Right before Kona Rudy Project came out with a new performance sunnies called the “Defender”. I purchased a pair in Kona and the second I put them on my face I was in love with them. You can’t go wrong with how light they are and the wrap around nature is nice for protecting your eyes both on the bike and the run. Price: $199.99
Code - WhereYourFeet will get you a percentage off when you check out.
The H2 Smart bike trainer is a great gift for any triathlete, not just the ones who live in areas where it is cold and snowy. As a coach I am a huge believer in the use of an indoor trainer as it is often the fastest way an athlete can get a workout done, it allows for flexibility, really high quality workouts, and safety. I absolutely love my new H2 Smart trainer, it is incredibly quiet and provides precise wattage. At a cost of $1,199.00 it is a bit expensive so if it is outside the budget for Christmas don’t worry CycleOps has many other options of indoor trainers, both smart and classic, to fit almost any budget.
As a triathlete we go through tons of nutrition during both training and racing, giving the gift of nutrition is to give the gift of fuel. I choose to partner with Infinit because I strongly believe that no two athletes are the same, each person has their own special needs and with Infinit you can do just that. Get your athlete a nutrition package of their own special custom blend, some RAW Protein powder to add to their post workout smoothies, and Nocturne for nighttime muscle recovery. Code WhereYourFeet will get you 10% off.
Carbon Race Wheels
Surprise your favorite athlete with the gift of speed with some new Irwin Race Wheels. Their carbon Aero profile wheels such as the AON TLR 85 are lite and fast, they also have bundles where you can get a 58 and an 85 to mix and match front and back wheel. Trust me your athlete will love it!!
AON TLR 58/85 Bundle: $1,750.00
Code: WYFTY20 =20% site wide + free shipping. Offer ends 12/31
Triathletes LOVE themselves some coffee!!! Almost any bike ride is not complete without coffee and those early morning workouts are usually fueled with the liquid gold. Fuerza means strength and their mission at Fuerza Coffe is to ensure that coffee enhances your active lifestyle while supporting women farmers who grow high-quality and delicious coffee sustainably. They provide bags of coffee, coffee packets for French Press, travel French presses, apparel and pour over packets. Discounts are available through their subscription! Get your athlete a 12 oz sample bag in many different ground options to fill their stocking or really make your athlete happy with a monthly subscription.
12 oz Bag of Guapa Blend: $16.00
Where Your Feet Take You Hats
A good trucker hat is a staple for any triathlete. The Where Your Feet Take You trucker hats (as seen in the first photo up top) are comfortable and the Snap back quality allows you to easily shape it your head. Can’t go wrong!
Half and Full Marathon Training Plans
Does your athlete have a Half or full marathon on the schedule for 2019? Or maybe they are just looking to get faster? Where Your Feet Take You offers some really great training programs for both half and full marathon in both 12 and 16 weeks segments.
Price: $40-60 dollars
You can never have enough books! It is tradition in my family for books to be given on Christmas, and there are some really great ones out there. This list could be super long so I will do my best to keep it short :)
Run Fast Eat Slow Cook book by SHALANE FLANAGAN and ELYSE KOPECKY or their second addition Run Fast Cook Fast Eat Slow. I absolutely love both of these books not only are the recipes delicious and geared towards fueling your body for strength but both Shalane and Elyse provide great insight into the minds of athletes.
These can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Powells and other retailers.
How Bad Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald. This is absolutely one of my most favorite books to read as an athlete. I read it before every race and each time that I do I feel like I learn something new.
A Life Without Limits: A Champion’s Journey by Chrissie Wellington
Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Grover, Tim S.
I hope that this list helps give you some direction towards shopping for your favorite athlete!! I promise you can’t go wrong with any of them!!! Happy Shopping and most importantly HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! I hope it is full of love, family, laughter, fun, and of course some really good food!!