Wednesday, June 19, 2013

My Current Wish List (and asking for input)

 My husband has loved video games since he was little. Though he doesn't often have time (or as much interest) to play them now, he gets excited for certain game releases and will spend a few hours a week playing them when they come out. And for some reason, he also gets excited about new gaming consoles coming out. Since Xbox and Playstation just announced their new devices, Tim went ahead and let me know what he wanted for his birthday and for Christmas. Though they're still far away, that's around when those things come out, and he wanted to have it ASAP after that. 

That then started my thought process of the things that I would like to have as well...and when I started showing him, he responded by asking if this was going to be a bike focused Christmas? I guess that's what it's looking like. Though some of it I'll end up getting before my birthday or Christmas, others will be perfect gifts when those times come. And the main reason I'm posting this is to get suggestions and recommendations on a lot of this stuff. I want to make sure I'm asking for or buying the right stuff...
 
First, I really want a trainer. I read about people who hop on the trainer to get in some time, and I'd like to be able to do that as well.
 
This is a CycleOps Magneto trainer. Any suggestions on which trainer I should get? I've found that CycleOps seems to be popular, but I don't know anything about why one is $150 and one is $1000.

I want a triathlon kit, specifically one from SOAS Racing. I'm working on locating these in my size on different sites, but they're hard to find.
 
Are there other brands of triathlon kits that you like?  

I want the Garmin 910XT. I want a triathlon watch that I can swim in, and I've seen how useful it is across all three sports. 
 

This is another area that I don't know enough about, but I know I want clip pedals and cycling shoes, as I'm riding now in flat pedals and running shoes. Any recommendations on what pedals and shoes to get? Do the shoes matter? I feel like I see a wide variety of prices and am not sure why...
 
For now I think those are my main things I'd like. I'm thinking I may need to get a wetsuit, but the price on those scares me so much that I'm not even willing to officially add it to my wishlist. Where do you get wetsuits that don't cost $400?! 

Thanks for your help and advice!

17 comments:

Tori @ In Love and Peanut Butter said...

I've found best way/time to get a wet suit is in Florida, during the summer. Check at Bill Jacksons during the Top Gun expo. I got one there last year around this time for about $120. Also, you'll probably want to get a sleeveless one. You'll get a lot more use out of it.

As far as bike shoes go, I could stand to learn a thing or two. I have SPD cleats that also fit the spin bike. I bought them because I like having the option but I've heard some people don't care for them because the area that clips is smaller. Apparently you get more power out of the other, larger ones.

Amazing how confusing and expensive cycling is, huh? Haha.

lpnedwards said...

A bike trainer has been on my wish list for I don't KNOW how long. NEED. Plus shoes and pedals. Also necessities.

Axel Kussmann said...

I love my Garmin 910XT, especially the swim metrics which can even be used indoors! I also have the CycleOps Magneto (I think)... there are ones that use fluid for resistance and offer a smoother ride (I think that's why they cost more), but I don't suffer on mine really.

Kat @ Sneakers and Fingerpaints said...

Look at all these fun new things and gadgets!

Kristin @ A Mom on the Run said...

I have no clue on any of this since I don't do tri's (yet..maybe!) but I wanted to tell you that triathalon kit is adorable, I love the polka dots on it! Is that something that you swim, bike, and run in?

robinbb said...

So I can comment on 3 of your 4 things above. I have that bike trainer and it works great. I hate the trainer, but I am glad I have a good one. I have the Garmin 910XT and it is AWESOME. HIGHLY recommend. I got the SOAS kit and the top is nice but I wasn't a fan of the bottoms so sent them back. I posted a picture of my new kit from VOMax where you can work with one of their designers on their kits. And I LOVE the fit. Instagram: http://instagram.com/westfordmommy VOMax: http://www.vomax.com/

KickStart Endurance said...

Trainers range in price for a number of reasons: noise (they are typically very noisy!), adjustability, technology choices (Cycle Ops allows you to wirelessly connect to a tv where you can buy routes to actually ride, its really cool but expensive)

I have a Garmin 910 and love it. Highly recommend.

As for bike shoes, I've only ever used Pearl Izumi tri shoes and speed plays. I like the speed plays just fine. Looking into Bont shoes as they are heat moldable to your own feet and can be done endlessly. They also have a wide toe box.

Finally, I really really want a SOAS kit also! Thinking about maybe carrying them in my store down the road. Hope all this helps!!

Jessica B. said...

Fun post. I have a Zoot and Profile Design kit and like both. I also have some Pearl Izumi cycling shorts that I got on Amazon at a great price. I do want a Soas kit they are hot.

As for trainers, I hunted mine down on Craiglist. I still need to get me clips and shoes though.

As I am sure you have noticed triathlon gear is pricey. I have really shopped around a lot for the things I have. Can't wait to see the things you get! :)

Cecilia said...

I know nothing about your wishlist since I'm just a runner, but my husband is the same way with gaming systems. I think amazon has a pre order for the Xbox.

Mindy's Fitness Journey said...

I need to get a bike and start swimming too... I would love to try a tri! Love the outfit!

Lydia - Running Wild(er) said...

I want a trainer so bad, but can't seem to take the plunge to invest! I have Speedplay clip/pedals and love them! http://www.speedplay.com/

Megan said...

I have a Cycleops Fluid 2 Trainer and I LOVE it. It's not loud at all so I can watch tv with it. Very nice. It's in the $300 range. And you will want a mat underneath it, or be prepared to wipe sweat off the floor.

As for bike shoes/pedals, I have Shimano pedals and Pearl Izumi shoes, but I HIGHLY recommend getting all-road shoes for your triathlons. The biggest difference is that the super light road shoes have the cleat sticking out at the bottom, which makes them hard to walk on. My all-road shoes have the cleat sort of recessed, or even with the base of the shoe on the sides. No issues clipping in, but I can also walk without too much trouble.

kilax said...

We use CycleOps in our gym and they are really great! I have a Kinetic, which works great, too :)

No input on anything else. Other than that tri kit is SO CUTE!

Meghan said...

I wish I had advice! I will say though that when I told my husband I wanted a bike after the baby, he said we should get a trainer because biking indoors is probably a lot safer for my clumsy ass:)

Rachel said...

I hate to say.. finding that tri kit is impossible, as it's the one I wanted when I bought the peacock one. But, the SOAS brand is amazing!!! I want a trainer as well and that's the one my snobby bike dude recommends. That Garmin is SWEET!!! I have the Giro cycling shoes (around $100, I think.) The clips that I have are the circle ones... I LOVE them. Again, highly recommended by my snobby bike dude.

Kristin W said...

I love, love, love that Garmin! And that SOAS stuff is adorable. I just hate the prices of these things! I wish exercise hobbies weren't so expensive...

Runner Leana said...

I'm a little late to the game commenting on this post, but here goes!

- I have the Shimano SH-WT52 shoes (http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Womens-Triathlon-Cycling-Shoes/dp/B004HL7N58). Having a single strap makes transitioning much faster and I like the stiffness from the carbon fiber sole. I had a previous incarnation of the shoes, plus this model and love them. I also went with SPD pedals for no other reason than they are inexpensive and the replacement cleats are easy to find.

- I have a Cycle Ops fluid trainer, my husband went with a Taxc. Not sure which is better but boy his Taxc is noisy!

- Garmin 910XT. Not much to say besides the fact that I love it! Long battery life and I can use it in the pool.