Instead of my usual monthly picks post, I'm posting a few sport-specific holiday gift lists for the athlete in your life (not to mention yourself!).
1. T Mat Transition Mat - This bright colored mat will save your triathlete precious time finding their transition area. Besides green, it comes in pink, red, blue & purple. It also has a space where you can personalize your mat by writing your name on it with a permanent marker.
2. First Time Triathlon or Triathlon Trainer iPhone Apps - Whether they are training for their first sprint triathlon or are training for an Olympic Distance, these iPhone apps can help them. (Disclaimer: These were designed by me so of course I think they are great!)
3. Clean Bottle - This isn't just your average water bottle. Designed for easier cleaning with a screw off top and bottom, it's 100% leak proof, made with BPA free plastics, and, best of all, 10% of profits are donated to eco and cycling charities. Pair a couple of these with your triathlete's favorite sports drink and you have a great gift!
4. Sports Massage - Most triathletes could use a sports massage but don't spend the time or money to get one. They will love you for this one!
5. Blue Seventy Large Transition Bag - It will carry all your triathlete's gear and then some. Complete with helmet pocket and waterproof wetsuit compartment.
6. The Grid - Way better than your typical foam roller, it features a three dimensional surface to help break up those sore knots and comes in a travel-friendly size. Every triathlete should have one of these to help combat injuries.
7. Skirt Sports Women's Multisport Tank & Pearl Izumi Men's Select Tri Sleeveless Jersey - Two great tri-tops to train or race in. Look great while you sweat!
8. Timex Ironman GPS Global Trainer with Heart Rate Monitor - The watch with everything your triathlete will need- speed, distance, pace, heart rate data, customized routes, interval timer and much more!
9. Waterfi Waterproof iPod Shuffle 4th Generation - No more boring long swims with this 100% waterproof iPod shuffle. Long distance triathletes in particular will love this!
10. Lemond Fitness Revolution Trainer - The official bike trainer of Team Garmin-Cervelo, it integrates directly with your drive train so there's no wear and tear on your rear wheel and has a realistic road feel.