Friday, April 5, 2013

Dear Santa,

I know it's only April, and Christmas isn't for another 8+ months, but I would really like some cool new gear for this year, so if you could make an exception and stop here early, I'd really appreciate it.

  • Garmin 910 XT.  Since I'm swimming now, I suddenly "need" a waterproof watch, with swim features.  This one does all kinds of cool tricks.  If you read DC Rainmaker's review, you'll see why I want one.  And you'll probably want to get one yourself!  It could come in really handy for making sure you're on pace as you travel around the globe this Christmas.  Great for training leading up to the big day as well.  It starts at about $400 to buy, so you can see why I'm asking you and the elves to make this one for me instead.  
  • A new bike.  Mine only has 26" inch wheels (small!) and it's heavy.  I'd like to get a more "roady" hybrid with a narrower tire and a larger wheel diameter.  And lighter, if possible.  I will be using it for commuting, fitness, possibly light trails, and triathlon(s?).  The Giant Escape RX 1 W looks like a nice choice ($1075), or one of the Cannondale Quick models.  I'm not a bike expert though, so I'll defer to your expert opinion.  I'd like it to have dual SPD and "normal" side pedals (+$80), a rear carrier (+$30), a mirror (+$20), a bell (+$15), and a headlight (+$20).  Oh, and a rack for my car.  Not sure how much that one is.  
  • Some kind of triathlon attire.  I haven't really done any research in this area, other than to find out that pretty much all the varieties are super expensive.  I might as well go with one "warm weather" suit (or top + bottom), and one "cold weather" suit, with long pants and sleeves, like a full wetsuit.  Just in case.  We'll say ~$200 for a single basic suit for now.  
  • Grid Roller.  The short one is fine.  $40.  I currently am using one on loan, and need to get one of my own so I can give it back.  

  • A new medal display.  $65.  I already did the leg work and designed it for you.  It needs to be big enough to hold 13 medals.  You can wait on this one until Christmastime, to make sure I actually get the 13 races done.  I just wanted to make sure it was on your radar.  
  • Margarita Clif Shot Bloks.  I'd say a year's supply or a monthly subscription of some kind should be good here.  Actually you know what, nevermind.  I don't need this.  $2 a pack is way too expensive for hopped up gummy bears.  
  • Fitness Classes.  This one's a big one.  I would like access to GOOD yoga, pilates, spinning, and barre classes.  Maybe some step aerobics and generic strength/boot-camp style classes too.  Plus a gym membership with access to a decent sized pool that isn't packed all the time.  I'm open to suggestions on the best place to accomplish this.  Oh and my 501 membership fee will need renewed shortly.  
  • Coaching.  Run, triathlon, and/or swim coaching would be pretty freaking sweet.

There are a lot of other things I could use too, like race entry fees, a nice swimsuit (mine is sagging everywhere already), running shoes (always!), and more, but I don't want to be greedy.  I'll just stick to this short, inexpensive list for this year.

Thanks Santa, you're the best.


  1. Hah. Glad you have a lot of time to save. I need a Tri top too and jeez they are expensive.

  2. Ah, the allure of the tri suit. I have one. In my closet. I have worn it three times. On the trainer in my living room. I bought right after I got hooked on triathlons because tri suits look so fast and sleek. On a six foot tall professional model or triathlete with 6% body fat and her own personal photoshop specialist. Imagine how hard it is to get out of wet swimsuit to use the bathroom after swimming. Okay, now multiply that times 10 and add in that you will be in a porta pottie trying to get one last pit stop in before the start of the tri . Or, absolute worse case scenario, in a porta pottie out on the course battling stomach distress and trying to avoid public humiliation. I swear I have to dislocate one of my shoulders to wiggle in and out of mine.

    Go with tri shorts and a top. They are easier to get in and out of, and because of their interchangeability with other items of tri wear and accessories, much more versatile. My two cents that you didn't ask for.


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