Stocking Stuffers for Triathletes

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1. Original Lock Laces ($19.99, 3-pack)
Why spend time tying your shoes in transition when you can simply slip them on and cinch down? The Original Lock Laces are compatible with any running shoe—just remove the stock laces and thread the lock laces through the existing eyelets. From there, you can slide your foot into the shoe and pull on the elastic tab to cinch them down. Lock Laces come in a variety of colors, and the three-pack provides excellent bang for your buck.

2. Silca Ypsilon Y-Wrench ($36)
Cycling accessory brand Silca is well known for its fine attention to detail, and the Ypsilon Y-Wrench is no exception. Perfect for casual home mechanics who do their own bike maintenance, the Ypsilon includes 4 mm, 5 mm and 6 mm keys that work for most needs. Not only is it well built, but the Ypsilon's design promotes exceptional stability for precise work.

3. Strava 3-Month Subscription ($15)
There's no doubt your triathlete has heard of Strava, but help take their online experience to the next level by gifting a Summit package. It includes three different packs (training, safety & analysis) with features like live segments, filtered leaderboards and beacon. Increased safety and data analysis can help your triathlete perform at their best while virtually competing against cyclists around the world.

4. Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run ($17.44)
Known as the greatest battle in the history of the IRONMAN World Championship, "Iron War" showcases the 1989 duel between two icons of the sport: Dave Scott and Mark Allen. Your triathlete will enjoy both the gripping story of this neck-and-neck (and record-shattering) race as well as the behind-the-scenes look at two ultra-competitive men.

5. Road iD Wrist ID Elite ($35)
Know your triathlete is safe while training on open roads with the ultimate in identification bracelets—the Wrist ID Elite. It features five lines of text and is available in a variety of colors, faceplates and sizes. If your triathlete is always moving or traveling for work, you can create an online profile with their up-to-date information that is easily accessible by first responders. If you haven't been convinced yet, head to Road iD's site to read some amazing testimonials.

6. TYR Long Hair Wrinkle-Free Swim Cap ($10.99)
It's simple and not very flashy (as far as swim caps are concerned), but this practical swim cap from TYR features an asymmetric design that is long hair-friendly and contours nicely around the ears. It's 100-percent silicone, surprisingly durable and available in a wide range of colors. 

7. Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes ($5.50)
Quality training is built on a foundation of quality nutrition. This Flapjack & Waffle Mix from Kodiak Cakes is packed with 14 grams of protein per serving (21 grams if you use milk and eggs) and is 100-percent whole grain. Better yet, it's non-GMO, includes no artificial ingredients and can be transformed into a variety of delicious (and tri-friendly) recipes.

8. TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller ($34.99)
When in doubt, roll it out! Foam rolling is one of the best ways to recover after a hard training session. The TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller features a three-dimensional surface that promotes the flow of blood and oxygen while rolling out tight, knotted muscles. Firmer than most other rollers, your triathlete will appreciate its quality build and compact, travel-friendly design.

9. Icebreaker Multisport Ultralight Mini Socks ($16)
Socks are a staple of every stocking. But rather than getting your loved ones any old pair, choose Icebreaker's Ultralight Minis, prefect for the IRONMAN (or IRONMAN hopeful) in your life. The socks are designed with a number of supports in place—for the Achilles and for the instep—and are breathable, lightweight and just the right height so they won't slip down. But the best part may be that Icebreaker socks come with a lifetime guarantee: If they ever wear out, it'll replace them with a new pair, no questions asked.

10. Buff DryFlx Headband ($17)
There are a lot of headbands out on the market, but none are as perfect for triathletes (or their stocking) as Buff's DryFlx headband. It's thin enough to fit under a helmet during cold-weather runs yet warm enough to keep on during the run. The material has 360-degree reflectivity and UPF 50+ sun protection. Plus, it's quick-drying, lightweight and comes in a variety of fun colors—ensuring you'll be able to find a design that matches your triathlete's bike, tri kit or running shoes.

11. NUUN Immunity ($7 for 10-Tablet Tube)
Especially important when your triathlete is slogging through a long training block, NUUN Immunity is designed to protect the immune system through a balance of electrolytes, vitamins, anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants. Not only does it provide essential nutrients for triathletes, but it promotes proper hydration at the same time—critical for triathletes to perform at their best. NUUN Immunity can be taken up to six times a day and is available in two flavors.

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About the Author

Michael Nystrom

A California native, Michael Nystrom graduated from the University of Southern California with a master's degree in journalism. He is a 2x IRONMAN and has done countless sprint- and olympic-distance triathlons. Follow Michael on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.
A California native, Michael Nystrom graduated from the University of Southern California with a master's degree in journalism. He is a 2x IRONMAN and has done countless sprint- and olympic-distance triathlons. Follow Michael on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

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