All I want for Christmas is…(2014 Edition)

It’s Black Friday and I suppose there’s no other topic worthy of discussing than shopping. So, in the spirit of consumerism, here are a few triathlon, running, and wellness things on my Christmas list this year.

Pool Toys

The winter is a great time to get back into the pool and work on technique and efficiency in the water. christmaslistWhat does that mean? Drills, drills, drills. Here are a few must haves for your swim bag.

  • FINIS Front-Mounted Snorkel – Nothing beats this when it comes to learning body rotation in the water.
  • FINIS Agility Hand Paddles – Because there are not straps, these paddles teach perfect hand entry and catch phase of the stroke. If you have it wrong, you’ll know it. The paddles will fall off.
Triathlon/Running Gear

Every runner obviously needs a good pair of shoes. But, here are a few accessories to help with your training.

  • Road ID – Every runner should always run with some form of identification. These comfortable bracelets eliminate the need to carry around your drivers license in your pocket.
  • Yurbuds – If you’re a ‘listen to music’ kind of person while you run (or a podcast), these never-fall-out headphones are perfect for those long runs, treadmill sessions, or rides on the bike trainer.
  • Injiji Socks – I’ve absolutely fallen in love with these toe socks designed specifically for runners. They eliminate the rubbing that often happens between your toes making for a much more comfortable ride, especially when you’re logging serious miles.
Other Stuff
  • Squatty Potty – This simple stool helps put the body into a much more natural position that supports more efficient elimination.
  • The Sufferfest Training Videos – These are great indoor training videos that simulate race situations, making those winter trainer rides a bit more interesting (and intense).
  • UCAN Superstarch – This is my go-to fuel that’s helped me cut tons of time of both my marathon and triathlon times. (As a bonus, if you enter the code CMTRAINING or click this link, you’ll receive 10% off your entire purchase).
Books

Here are a few titles I’m hoping to dive into (okay, horrible pun since one of the books is about swim training):

  • The Well-Built Triathlete by Matt Dixon
  • Swim Smooth: The Complete Coaching System for Swimmers and Triathletes by Paul Newsome & Adam Young
  • On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
  • The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness by James Altucher
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