With three sports rolled into one, it's no surprise that training for and racing in a triathlon can be an expensive endeavor. It's also true that bikes can cost upwards of $15,000 and wetsuits can push to over $1,000 a pop. Don't worry! There are a lot of little things that are inexpensive and can make a real difference as your triathlete progresses through their training and racing calendar.
If you're looking for a gift for your triathlete this holiday season that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, this is a great place to start. All of the basics on this list cost less than $50 and include everything from hydration and nutrition products, to towels and sunscreen.
PRO Compression Marathon Socks
$50 (buy one, get two free)
Offering a wide range of benefits, compression socks are designed to maximize blood flow while supporting muscles and tendons to help athletes of all disciplines perform at their peak and recover faster after hard efforts. These marathon socks by PRO Compression feature true graduated compression and are built with a durable-yet-breathable material that's both comfortable and wicks moisture for mile after mile of optimized training and racing. They're available in tons of colors and styles, so choose one and get two free for your triathlete this holiday season with this special offer from PRO Compression.
Honey Stinger Mini Waffle
A 'mini' version of the classic Honey Stinger favorite, these 'couple bite sized' honey-filled organic waffles come in a convenient resealable package, which makes them ideal for snacking on the go or bringing along to keep your triathlete energized through any training effort (plus they're sharable with friends!). They're available in honey and vanilla flavors, with six servings per bag.
Sea to Summit Tek Towel
This ultralight, quick-drying towel is perfect to keep in your triathlete's swim bag, commuter kit or even in a running pack to dry off or wipe the sweat away after a workout. It's made with a unique 70-percent polyester, 30-percent nylon microfiber fabric that has a plush terrycloth feel, and it comes with an oval-shaped zippered mesh pouch to make packing and storing hassle-free.
OSMO Active Hydration
For the winter workout warrior's stocking (say that three times fast), OSMO hydration packets are sure to keep them going. Exercising in the winter mean it's more important than ever to stay hydrated, and the Active formula contains the optimal ratio of sucrose, glucose and electrolytes to replace body water and energize your triathlete through their workout. The packets quickly give your triathlete the hydration they need, improving endurance and power while reducing cramping and fatigue.
Vega Sport Nighttime Rest & Repair
Triathletes know the importance of good sleep and protein for recovery, and Vega pairs both in its new Nighttime Rest & Repair recovery drink. It has 3mg non-habit-forming melatonin in each serving to help your triathlete fall asleep (and stay asleep), and has 18 grams of gluten-free, vegan certified, NSF Certified and Non-GMO Project Verified protein in each serving for the best in clean nutrition.
Tailwind Nutrition Starter Kit
Tailwind is a sports nutrition company that creates products for athletes that are easy to digest, non-GMO, vegan and gluten-, soy- and dairy-free. Its products mix with water to help your triathlete meet their calorie, hydration and electrolyte needs for every type of physical activity. The starter kit is the perfect stocking stuffer for any athlete in your life; featuring samples of all of the Tailwind flavors, it's great gift for someone who's never tried the brand before but wants to test it out!
Garneau Hugo Headband
Designed to be worn under a helmet, the Hugo headband is larger than traditional headbands, and its unique seam and laser-finished top and bottom make for a flat and smooth transition that doesn't cause irritation. Brushed on the inside to retain body heat, the single layer of Heatmaxx fabric provides protection and comfort—even for off-the-bike adventures.
Protekt SPF15 Zinc Oxide Lip Balm
Even though it's cold outside that doesn't mean your triathlete should skimp on sun protection. Water resistant (80min) Protekt zinc lip balm will provide your triathlete with plenty of protection while nourishing their lips, replenishing lost moisture and ensuring the sun's damaging rays are properly repelled. It's reef safe, safe for the whole family and NSF Certified Organic.
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