The Little Things. The Big Gestures.

I’m savoring the holidays as much as possible. I know, I know, time to move on to the resolutions. I’m stalling big time. I don’t even want to take my tree down, but I will this afternoon.

Suffice it to say, the holidays were just what I needed this year. Perhaps they should add another Christmas in July just to stimulate the economy and raise morale. I don’t think it’s just me. Everyone seems to be in a better mood.

I had a great time kicking back with my loved ones, finding gifts, wrapping them and all of that good stuff. And while I had to use more restraint than I would have liked this year, it was the thought that counted – both on the giving and receiving end.

One of my favorite gifts came with this custom tag created by 734’s Dad’s brother Ken. How cool. It was attached to some tempo music, The Gorillaz Demon Days CD. My family, 734’s Dad, and my training partners came through with some awesome gifts to get me in the mood to train. More importantly, they made me feel like an athlete again.

Sharkbait gave me some cycling socks with autumn leaves to remind me of home and an assortment of gels and electrolyte drink mixes. TriDiver gave me some Pearl Izumi running gloves and a Triathlete license plate holder. My marathoner sister, Jane, gave me a nice running jacket. Ryan surprised me with a text, “Hey, don’t do anything stupid like renewing your subscription to Triathlete Magazine. Merry Christmas!” And 734’s Dad gave me everything on my wish list. Wow, how did he ever know? (That’s right, I hinted big time.) When I opened the Finis Hydro Hip training tool, he said, “Hey, I thought only maxi pads had wings!” I know he secretly gets a kick out of seeing all the idiosyncrasies that go along triathlon training.

734’s Dad’s parents gave me a very generous check to pass onto the Challenged Athletes Foundation. They knew I would have liked to do Operation Rebound again last year at Oceanside. I was quite touched by that gesture.

And one of my all-time favorite gifts came from Nikki, Sharkbait’s daughter. Since the kid recently went through quite a growth spurt, I received her old TYR split fins. I heard good things about these fins. I’m hoping they really improve my swim. I’m also hoping that osmosis takes affect because this girl can swim 100 yards in 1:15. Yeah, I wanna swim like her! Hmm, okay I just don’t want to be lapped by her. ‘Cause that wouldn’t be very nice to do to “Mealie Minnow” would it? Uh-oh, I think I just signed up for my first swim race. Rumor has it, the kid reads my blog.