Sunday, December 27, 2015

Naughty or Nice??

I'm a pretty simple guy. An "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" kind of guy. As I anxiously contemplate whether I've been naughty or nice each year, my letters to Santa aren't too long. One side of a page is more than sufficient. I don't need much, and he's a busy guy. I don't want to come across as a needy brat. That said, like most triathletes, my short list is usually comprised almost entirely of tri-related stuff.

People talking about what they got for Christmas is a bit like talking about your fantasy football team... not as interesting as you think. And I'm a fantasy football guy! Being fully aware of that risk, here's a quick look at my "podium" of triathlon gifts this year. I guess I snuck on the nice list after all.

1) Garmin 910XT - it's not the latest and greatest, which I applaud... excellent value, Santa! I don't need all the bells and whistles, but now have a nice upgrade and a device compatible with my STAGES power meter.
my still solid 310XT (left) will now go to my wife...
wait a minute, did Santa have a hidden agenda here??

2) Pearl Izumi Tri Fly V Carbon cycling shoes - I've loved my Shimanos, which were a gift circa 2007. I'm not quite sure what the usual cycling shoe life is, but they were getting quite ragged. Also, as someone who rides without socks, anything and everything could be growing in those things... I've never had the guts to take a close look. I now have a fresh, fly upgrade. Tri fly, that is.
3) The Sufferfest - As a huge fan of team sponsor The Sufferfest training videos, I can now wear my allegiance with pride. Among other things, the front is inscribed with "Pain Misery Agony", along with the requisite IWBMATTKYT (I will beat my ass today to kick yours tomorrow). The sleeve proudly flies the colors of the Sufferlandrian flag, and the back reminds you that "Everybody Hurts." Pretty sick!
I actually gave the gift of suffering as well this year in the form of some new releases this year, including "The Best Thing in the World" and "Do As You're Told." My own collection is in the double digits now, and they're all awesome. Nine Hammers (below) is one of my favorites.
Hopefully you made it on the nice list as well this year... here's to a great 2016!
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