Big Ticket Gifts Every Athlete Would Love
A Woman's New Best FriendSpecialized Alias Geometry, between $2,600 and $6,000 1 of 11
Specialized has a motto about the bikes it designs for women: don't shrink and pink it. The latest Alias Geometry model is both a race and triathlon training bike. The Alias Geometry is available in three versions, the Pro Tri for $6,000, the Comp Tri $3,300 for and Sport Tri for $2,600.
Portable Water WorkoutXterra Inflatable SUP package, $1,100 2 of 11
This inflatable paddleboard is perfect for anyone who is tight on storage space and doesn't drive an SUV. The SUP inflates in about 10 minutes and comes with a pump, bag, adjustable paddle and patch kit.
The wide board is great for newbies and performs best in lakes, bays or anywhere there's calm water. The board's wider design makes it roomy enough for SUP yoga or to give your pooch a ride.
A Week at CampVarious locations 3 of 11
Running camps, which are held throughout the United States, offer an intense "feets-on" experience. Most running camps, including TrainingBible Coaching headed by Joe Friel and McMillan Running led by Greg McMillan, last about a week.
Wearable TechRecon Jet, $599 4 of 11
The Recon Jet is like Google Glass, but more durable and designed specifically for endurance athletes. Imagine riding your bike or running a trail and with one touch of your sunglasses, data such as performance metrics is delivered instantly via a high-resolution widescreen displayed right in front of you. See something amazing on your ride? The Recon Jet also takes photos.
Multisport Training PartnerGarmin Forerunner 910XT, $449.99 5 of 11
The search for a partner for those long training runs, rides and swims is over. This is more than a watch. The GPS-enabled device has a 20-hour battery life and tracks time, distance, pace, elevation via barometric altimeter and heart rate (on land) for running and cycling. The Forerunner 910XT, which is water resistant to 50 meters, provides a detailed look into your swim, including distance, stroke type, stroke count, pool lengths and efficiency data.
The Ultimate Race ExperienceTrek Travel, various race locations and prices 6 of 11
Trek Travel offers an array of array of cycling trips around the world, including weekend getaways and luxury bike tours. For avid cyclists looking for a race experience, Trek offers guided trips to the Tour de France, Amgen Tour of California, Etape du Tour in France, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the Giro D'Italia. The Tour de France trip lasts 4 days and three nights and gives access to the race and to the Trek Factory Race Team. Airfare to and from the trip is not included.
Fresh Meals Every DayPaleta's Perfect Plate meal package, $56 to $76 a day 7 of 11
Give the gift of healthy, yummy and tasty meals. This is the perfect gift for any athlete who wants to improve their performance, but has a busy work schedule that makes it difficult to come up with healthy and interesting dinners every night.
Paleta, home to Southern California's first certified green kitchen, provides designer meal services, cleanses and organic cold-pressed juices to the greater Los Angeles area. Fresh meal programs can be delivered daily. Meals, which can be customized, all use ingredients sourced from Local Farms, cruelty-Free Ranches and responsible fisheries.
Surf, Sand and YogaSwellWomen, Surf Vacations, up to $4,195 per person 8 of 11
Photo by Ian Strickland/SwellWomen LLC
Spend a week learning to surf—or honing your skills—taking a daily yoga class and soaking up the sun all with a group of other like-minded women.The best part? It's in Maui.
SwellWomen, which puts all of its clients up at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, also holds co-ed surf vacation weeks.
An Endurance ExperienceIronman registration, various dates and locations, $625 to $700 9 of 11
An Ironman race entry isn't a gift that should be given lightly. You will be, after all, signing up your friend, spouse or family member up for months of training.
However, it is a gift they'll always remember and paying for their entry is the first step to helping them achieve a dream. We recommend choosing an Ironman race that located nearby and that isn't scheduled for at least six months to allow your athlete to properly prepare.
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