It's that time of year, the Holidays, some of us fear it, some of us relish in it. Then there are some of us who just go with the flow. If you have someone in your life who is into the sport of triathlon or are a triathlete yourself, here is a pretty good working list of things to get for them or some ideas for others to gift to you.
1.) A Bike Fitting:
A bike fitting doesn't seem like that great of a gift on paper, but to those of us who know how beneficial they can be, this is an amazing present to give someone who takes their sport seriously. When it comes to the bike, having a proper fit is vital. For power, comfort and aerodynamics, your position on the bike is the biggest factor. Fits can range from $60-500. Sometimes more. From our shop, something as simple as a cleat and saddle adjustment is all that is needed and is a great gift for someone who is having saddle issues, complaining of a sore but or if they have hot spots or soreness in their knees or ankles.
2.) Foam Roller/Trigger Point
Most of us endurance athletes get sore muscles quite often and have limited time to get them sorted out. A nice tool to use can be a simple foam roller or the cream of the crop trigger point roller.
I know it sounds a little corny to be buying someone a massage, but people in the sports world can appreciate them just as much, but most of us more, than your average Joe. Especially during the season or before/after a big race. I have had both a full body and leg massage, and both have done wonders for me. So be on the look out for some deals in your area.
One cannot have too much of this. Wheter it is calf sleeves or full lower/upper body compression, there simply is no substitute for quality compression. The more often you can wear it, the more it can help you. So look for brands like CEP, Zoot, 2XU and a few others.
5.) Race Entry
Races are expensive. Even if they are not sanctioned by any governing body, a triathlon will usually be $50 at a minimum. If you're like me, you love to race, but having time to find and save up for one can be a nightmare. So if one is bought ahead of time as a gift, it gives even more incentive to train and do well!
6.) Stocking Stuffers
Literally, socks. High quality socks are great. We can't get enough of them. I remember thinking of getting socks for Christmas was the worst! But now, I can't wait to get some new smartwool socks or some new cycling socks. Be adventurous and try some new, fun ones from brands like The Athletic and Sock Guy. There are a lot out there to take a look at.
Finally, there's always a random grab back of things like goggles for swimming, body glide, sport wash, no-tie shoe laces and more. This should be a good list to get you started!