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While I often opt to spend the winter holidays in a snowy wonderland, I also can’t resist the temptation of warm California sun. Thus I jumped at the invitation to spend the past week in Carlsbad, catching up with triathlon industry friends and getting a fair dose of Vitamin D. And although Southern California experienced unconditionally cool and wet weather during my visit, the warmth of friendship made up for anything that Mother Nature lacked. Our fun-filled holiday household consisted of Michellie Jones (Ironman World Champion and Olympic Silver medalist), Robin Barsantee (Michellie’s fiancé and Timex Tech Rep), Neily Mathias (Michellie’s longtime friend, housemate and Business Manager for Compex), Gabby Jones (Michellie’s twin sister, freshly arrived from Australia) and the energetic trio of Tinki, Sammy and Joe (the household dogs) in addition to myself. Here’s a glimpse of our playful holiday happenings, set forth in a photo journal. I hope you enjoyed your own festivities as much as we obviously did!