Ten Xmas gift ideas for the triathlete in your life
1RoadID Wrist ID Sport
The Wrist ID Sport by RoadID is a must for any serious athlete. Built to be durable and comfortable, the Wrist ID Sport is meant to be worn for any occasion – running, cycling, swimming, general everyday use or any other occasion. The IDs are engraved with your emergency contact information, all of which can be customised by you.It comes standard with two 3M reflective stripes to enhance your visibility when training in the dark. The interactive version also gives you access to an online profile which will provide comprehensive emergency and medical Information, crucial information that may be the difference between life and death.
Price: From $19.99
2Retül bike fit
This is for all you serious triathletes looking to take the next step. Retül provides a range of bike fitting tools to help you make informed and accurate decisions to improve your performance, efficiency, comfort, as well as preventing injury. Using 3D motion capturing instead of video capture or static fitting, your pedalling movements are recorded in all three planes of movement, more accurately reflecting how you actually ride.
Price: Price may vary depending on your region. Click here to contact your nearest Retül fitter.
3NormaTec Recovery boots
Another gift for serious and cashed up triathletes, the NormaTec Recovery boots are used by a majority of NFL and NBA teams, as well as professional triathletes. Using NormaTec’s patented Sequential Pulse Technology, the boots combine three distinctive massage techniques (pulsing, gradients and distal release) to speed the body’s recovery process. While a healthy athlete’s body eventually will recover from an intense workout, using the Sequential Pulse Technology found only in a NormaTec Recovery System for just 20 minutes can speed recovery. Triathlon training can put some serious amounts of wear and tear on your body so it only makes sense to treat it right.
Price: From $1750
4Tacx Flow trainer
The Flow is one of Tacx’s most popular trainers. This entry-level ergotrainer, with a frame that rebounds slightly while you ride, is excellent value for money and very easy to use for everyone. Heart rate, power output, speed and pedalling frequency are being measured and visualized on the handlebar computer’s display. These four training parameters are the most important tools that will help you towards focused and efficient work-out routines and optimum performance. While training you can adapt the program for power or slope resistance from -4 to +9. The electro magnetic brake is managed through the handlebar computer. The Flow comes with the Skyliner front wheel support.
Price: Contact your nearest Tacx reseller.
5Garneau Crowie Original Kit
Developed and designed for the needs of high-level athletes, the Louis Garneau Crowie Original Kit collection allows you to wear the same styles as world renowned triathlete Craig Alexander.
Crafted of the most aerodynamic fabric on the market and treated with coldblack® that reflects heat so even black fabrics stay cool to the touch, the Crowie Original Tri Top is designed so you perform your best on race day. Minimal seams helps to achieve enhanced aerodynamics and minimise irritation and chafing.
Price: From $144.99 to $159.99
6Newtown Distance Elites
This shoe was tested and loved by some of the fastest runners in the country before being released to the public. The classic 4 lug Newton ride with a seamless upper feels fast, light and efficient. The Distance Elite is great for high or low distance training and racing.
Not too sure what to get? Why not try making a triathlon-filled stocking stuffed with power bars, recovery protein, energy gels, electrolyte replenishing drinks and triathlete socks?
8TYR Nest goggles
Go fast or go home with the Nest Pro Goggle. Equipped with embedded anti-fog, these goggles retain clarity without the need for traditional anti-fog spray application and re-application. This performance goggle features a unibody design to fit various facial types, as well as a wide peripheral range for optimal sighting.
9Body Science compression tights
Body Science Elite Athletic Tights utilises BSc Compression Technology, helping to enhance performance, reduce muscle injury, and aid recovery between training sessions. Perfect for training, running, travel.
10As the Crow Flies book
Looking for some inspiration over the holiday period? Kickstart your new year with Craig’s book, As the Crow Flies. Embark on a journey of personal triumph and witness Ironman history being made. In his own words and through striking photographs from acclaimed sports photographer Paul K. Robbins, Crowie shows what it takes to race at the elite level—and how he balances the work of triathlon with his first priority, his wife Neri and their young kids, Lucy and Austin.
Epic workouts, gruelling travel, record-setting race performance, giving back to sponsors and the sport—these are the tools of Crowie’s trade, not to mention sleek wetsuits, cutting-edge time trial bikes, and technical footwear. As the Crow Flies shows that winning major races comes from working toward excellence in every aspect of the triathlon way of life.
Price: From $24
11Dinner with your significant other
Here’s an extra idea, one for the athlete to give to their significant other. Go out and have a nice dinner, celebrating all the effort and achievement made this year, as well as saying thanks for putting up with the early hours and supporting a tired/cranky/hungry athlete all year long. Hit the town for a fun night out and say goodbye to 2013 with some fun with your number 1 supporter.
Price: Something fancy and indulgent. Come on, they’re worth it.