We polled the Women for Tri Facebook group to find out what triathlete-moms are hoping to receive this weekend for Mother’s Day. If you’re struggling to figure out a gift for the triathlete-mom in your life, start here.
Garmin Forerunner 935 This topped the wish list of many women in the Women for Tri group. Just launched a couple months ago, the newest Forerunner is a beaut. Its upgrades from the previous 735 include a barometric altimeter and WiFi capabilities, in addition to tracking everything from the swim (distance, stroke, pace), to the bike (power zones, time seated and standing, platform center offset and power phase) and the run (using the “running dynamics pod” that clips to your waistband, you can see your cadence, ground contact time, stride length and more). $500, Garmin.com Time to train Many multisport moms are forced to get in their workouts in the wee hours of the morning (we’re talking 4:30 a.m.!). Give Mom the day to work out in daylight, and have a protein shake waiting for her when she gets home! (And maybe even a quiet house so she can take a nap?) Sports massage Moms love massages, and triathlete-moms love sports massages. “I had not idea how sore I would be from training for an Ironman!” said one Women for Tri group mom. This is a gift she’ll really appreciate. New tri kit Help Mom update her tri wardrobe with a new race kit. There are so many fun women’s kits out there now. Two of our favorites are the Betty Designs Pink Signature Aero Mesh Short Sleeve Tri Skinsuit ($300, Bettydesigns.com) for a one-piece kit, and the Sugoi RPM Tri Short and Tri Racerback Tank ($140, Sugoi.com) for a two-piece kit. New wetsuit Wetsuits need to be replaced regularly (especially if they’ve started to accumulate holes from pulling them on!). If you want to spring for a fancy, high-end suit, get her a ROKA Maverick Pro ($700, Roka.com). If that’s out of your price range, the Blueseventy Sprint Full ($200, Blueseventy.com) is a killer value. A housekeeper This was a common gift idea from the group. Give Mom time to squeeze in her swim/bike/run workouts without feeling guilt or stress over the condition of the house. Race wheels Upgrade Mom’s ride with some sweet race wheels, like the newest wheels from Zipp, the 454 NSW ($4,000, Zipp.com). Or check out our Buyer’s Guide reviews of other slick aero wheels. Race entry Just signing up for races can be expensive. Let Mom pick a race and pay for the registration. (Then make sure you’re there to cheer her on!) Better yet, race with her—one mom said her husband and daughter race a duathlon with her every year on Mother’s Day as her gift. M-Dot jewelry One mom, who just completed her first Ironman, wouldn’t mind something M-Dot (and less permanent than a tattoo). These sterling silver M-Dot stud earrings would make a meaningful gift while still keeping the Ironman branding subtle. Ironman True Silver Sterling M-DOT Stud Earrings, $195, Ironmanstore.com Cosmetic cases Mom can be tri-inspired on the road with a set of triathlon travel beauty cases. The bags are inspired by swim/bike/run with a tri icon zipper pull and “tri towns” interior lining fabric, with the larger one made from polyester canvas and the smaller made of pebbled vegan leather. Rule No. 5 Triathlon Travel Case Set, $70, Rulenumberfive.com Compression socks Help Mom recover on the go with compression socks that don’t look so … blah. VIM & VIGR’s compression sock line features fun and funky patterns and circulation- and health-promoting benefits, and is available in cotton, nylon, wool and moisture-wicking nylon. $32–$40, Vimandvigr.com