|this is not my fanny|
Along those lines, going into Christmas my fingers were crossed that Santa would hook me up with a few essentials. I was in severe need of a few items that are crucial to the triathlete's tool kit (I recently wrote about my running shoe experience). You know the phrase "what do you get for the man/woman who has everything?" That's a great question, one that I don't have an answer for. But for the man who has hardly anything? Well... pretty much anything will do.
Here's a quick run-down of a few triathlon-related gifts I received, along with what they will be largely replacing:
Exhibit A: These bad boys have seen better days. They're so threadbare they're practically see-through, and by the time I hoist myself out of the water they're longer than a pair of women's yoga capris. Last but not least, there's a nice little hole forming in the crotch region.
By comparison, on the right you'll find a non see-through, not stretched-out, no holes suit. It's a Christmas miracle!
The Verdict: old nastys are gettin' tossed
Exhibit B: Until yesterday, I only owned one bike jersey (little red riding hood there on the left). I now have another option for both color and length of tan lines.
The Verdict: This is a far less dramatic makeover. Little red is still in great shape so I'm keeping her on an alternating basis.
Exhibit C: I bought the running shorts on the left in the summer of 2001. While I run in other stuff as well (cold weather gear, tri shorts, basketball shorts, etc), they have remained my only true running shorts for over a decade. I think they were the same color as the new ones once upon a time.
The Verdict: These are virtual antiques, and will be hard to throw away. I see them being used sparingly, a la Tim Tebow with the Jets.