A diverse set of triathlon-specific gifts for the triathlete on your “nice” list this year
by Anton Macasieb
Your Christmas list is ready and you’re startng to tick off some names on that list. I’m pretty sure you have people on that list who, like you and me, have spent a fair chunk of their time in multisport. What should you get them? Here are 9 of Multisport.ph’s favorite things to help you get started on your gift shopping. Each gift offers its own niche of pricing, specificity, and experience to help you find the right gift for that special triathlete in your life.
A Retul Fit Session at Primo Cycles
They’ll thank you every time they ride.
Many starter athletes don’t do it, but a properly done bike fit is easily one of the biggest things you can do to improve your performance on the bike. When it comes to bike fit, nothing shows more love than giving them a fit session at Primo Cycles. The shop that superstar triathlete Mirinda Carfrae visited is home to the Retul fit, a technology-first fitting system offered only at this shop.
Indoor Cycling at WattUp
Perfect for rainy days and weeknights (so… a good chunk of next year).
Indoor cycling is a new concept here in the Philippines, and sometimes we wonder why it took so long to get started. Earlier this year, a shop called WattUp opened up in the scouts area of Quezon City. Their tidy little studio offers some exhilarating indoor cycling sessions. Bring your bike, pop it into any of their Wahoo KICKR machines, and tunnel vision into screens showing vital stats and exciting rides.
It’s like a portable massage, and who wouldn’t want that?
Foam rollers are an essential component for speedy athlete recovery, and you can bet that the more they train, the more they would love a gift like this. The best part about a gift like this is that any athlete will appreciate it. Should he or she be on the fence about triathlon, they can take them to many other sports where a strong recovery is essential.
Think of it as a care package for your buddy.
Depending on who you’re thinking of, a package of goodies for your triathlete/friend is a guaranteed treat to open on Christmas day. Head on over to triathlon specialty stores like The Brick in Mckinley Hill and look around to assemble a bunch of items like energy gels, electrolyte salts, and sunblock. Leroy Enriquez and his friendly team is a perfect bunch to ask questions on what they might like. Be careful though, the longer they are in the sport, the pickier they are with what they eat.
Specialized S-Works Prevail
If any gift could say “I care about you,” it would be a beautiful and trusty helmet.
A perfect gift for starter triathletes who take the middle road when it comes to form and function. Besides protecting a rider’s beautiful head and face, studies have shown that higher-end helmets like the Prevail have significant effects on athlete performance, as well as aesthetics. Lucky for you, helmet sizing is easier than you think. Helmets are typically sized small, medium, and large. Check out the manufacturer site and discreetly measure their heads and voila, a great fit. Always wise to save the receipt and exchange policy, of course.
GoPro Hero 4 / Hero Session
Pics or it didn’t happen.
Triathlon can be a very rewarding sport, building long-term gains in health, fitness, and camaraderie in a way few other activities can. In the middle of all that training and all those hours of swimming, biking, and running, it’s always nice to have a reminder of all the fun moments you have out there. That’s all about to change with this bad boy. Break it out and mount it on the bike or take it with you on an open water swim so they can show their grandkids how much of a badass they are.
Zoot Transition Bag
Sport swagger with best-in-class bags
Have you ever seen a triathlete pack? Traveling with all the gear you need to race properly is not my favorite part of the sport. Cumbersome bags, wet equipment, and bulky helmets make the gift of a bag designed specifically for the sport a godsend for committed athletes. Zoot’s bags are famous in the business for utility: compact size, specialized/dedicated compartments, waterproof pockets, dividers, and plenty of zippers. They even come with a packing checklist.
Perfect for tech-savvy triathletes and those that go by the numbers
Counting how few athletes compete in a major race without a triathlon watch is a testament to how useful and valuable these little gadgets are. If your prospective recipient doesn’t have a tan line on his/her wrist, you know they’re thinking about getting one.
Garmin Edge 510/810
Plenty of time trial and long ride mileage on these babies
The triathlete in your life is almost guaranteed to be a numbers nerd. Data from these mileage-cruching machines is used along with software as the basis of performance gains, and bragging rights. The next time you hear them utter the word “PR” on the bike, they’re really whispering little thank yous to you for making that possible.And that’s a wrap (pun intended)! You’ve already made your list and checked it twice, and for sure you’ve sorted out who’s naughty and who’s nice. Show your triathlon/friends some love this Christmas and give them a gift that will help make their 2016 racing season their best one yet.