My Favorite Things

A fellow blogger gave me inspiration for this post (www.peanutbutterrunner.com).  I love her blog and thought her post about the “things she can’t live without” was great!  So I decided to do my own list of things I can’t live without.

Gamin Forerunner 310x (currently)

I’m very much a numbers girl.  I think I survive on some of my runs simply because I have “data” or something to look at, analyze, think about, etc.  I’d guess this is pretty common with the personality traits of triathletes.  A while back, I had to get my Garmin repaired and had to be without it for about 4 days.  It felt as if someone chopped off my feet.  It was like I didn’t know how to run.  Sad!

Garmin Forerunner 310XT Parent ASIN

Garmin Forerunner 910x (soon to be)

This will change as soon as Garmin releases the Forerunner 910x.  My parents were so awesome to get it for me as part of my Christmas gift!  I cannot wait.  The primary difference between the two devices is that the 910x is much more swimming focused.  Obviously since no one has one yet, the jury is still out on it but that’s what Garmin is suggesting.  The 910x is supposed to capture swim distance, stroke identification, stroke count and pool lengths.  I’m reading the website and it will apparently also compute my “swolf score.”  Likely a swimming term that I should know about – I will get researching.  J

Garmin Forerunner 910XT Series

Giant TCR Advanced SL3

Most of my riding until this past April was on my trusty Kuota TT bike.  I made the plunge in April to buy a snazzy road bike so I could start doing some bike races.  Though riding the TT bike consistently does make you stronger because climbing hills on it is much different than on the road bike, I LOVE my new road bike.  It was probably my favorite purchase of 2011!

Nike Stuff!

I bought my first pair of Nike Tempo Track Shorts in 2002 when I was training for my first ½ marathon.  I still have that same pair, they’re still in perfect condition, and I think I have since bought about 45 additional pairs.  These Nike Filament Tights are also something I couldn’t train in the winter without.  I have a whole drawer full these, I love them so much!  Very comfortable, reasonably priced and last forever.

Speedo Vanquishers

It took me about 2 years to find a brand and style of goggles that I love!  Everyone’s eye sockets and such are shaped differently and it took me forever!  I’ve never had a leak in these and they fog much less than other goggles I’ve had in the past.  They make all colors, clear, and mirrored and they’re less than $20!!

Training Peaks

As I stated in #1, I’m a numbers girl.  Training Peaks is right up my alley.  I almost treat it as my workout journal and am pretty diligent with my logging details.  I still can’t figure out if Stacey appreciates it.  J

 

e-Gel

I’ve been an e-Gel  user for almost 2 years  now and I can’t say I’ve had any bad experiences with it – as I and lots of other people have had with many other products.  Vanilla Strawberry Slam is the cats meow, Tropical Blast takes 2nd in my book followed by a tie between Cherry Bomb and Mountain Rush.  They contain 150 calories, 230 mg of sodium, 85 mg of sodium and most importantly, are easy on the stomach and taste great.

Honey Stinger Waffles

I haven’t been using Honey Stinger Waffles but for about 6-7 months but I’ve grown to LOVE them for long bike rides.  It’s great to put some solid food on your tummy after all of the gel and they are SO delicious.  I could eat them as a snack any day of the week, and in fact,  I certainly have!   With 160 calories and 55 mg of Sodium, they’re a great mid-ride snack!   I order mine very cheap from Uptown Cycles – you should too!

Vitamix

Though this is also a new one to the list, I can tell it’s gonna be a long time friend and staple.  I have made tons of breakfast, drinks, soup and recovery drinks with this thing already!  I just love it.

Pearl Izumi P.R.O Lobster Gloves

Since it’s winter, I figured I’d add in the only reason riding in the winter is tolerable for me below 40 degrees!  My lobster gloves are amazing, keep my hands totally toasty warm while still allowing me proper control over gears and brakes.  If you ride, and you ride in the cold, and don’t own a pair of lobster gloves, save your pennies and invest!

I think that about wraps up my “staple” items!  Happy Monday to everyone.

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