All I want for Christmas is…favorite gear/fitness gifts

A powder blue Schwinn 10-speed bike from 1972

On Christmas Day in 1974 I received a powder blue Schwinn Varsity 10-speed bike.  I couldn’t believe it was mine.  My dad presented it, rolling it out from the bedroom, and joked to me, saying he got it for himself for Christmas.  I actually believed him, and was trying to be brave about him having MY fantasy bike.  Then he felt bad, and said, “Catherine, it’s for YOU, silly!”

I loved that bike.  I rode it to school, around town, everywhere.  And I kept it until grad school (whereupon it was stolen at MIT.  I’m still not completely over it).

This year (as readers of last week’s weekends with Womack post already know) I presented myself with an early Christmas (and all self-gifting occasions for the foreseeable future)  brand-new two-tone Brompton foldable bike.  Because I love it so much, here’s a picture of it again.


Catherine's new sea green and orange Brompton foldable bike


This year, several of my relatives are receiving fitness-related gifts.  My nephew Graham, who is an ultimate Frisbee enthusiast, is getting not one but TWO cool Frisbees.  My aunt Pat will have a Simply Fit balance board under her tree.  They come in lots of pretty colors:


Curved plastic balance boards, in pink, green, blue and red


Apparently these boards were made famous on the show Shark Tank.  I admit I’m not a big fan of TV-promoted fitness gadgets, but let a thousand movements bloom.  However, I don’t think I’ll let my niece and nephews convince me to buy them these rocket skates.



Although it would far too unwieldy to fit under a tree (much less fit down a chimney), I’d be most delighted if Santa brought me the following:




It’s a Nigel Dennis Romany classic fiberglass sea kayak.  It handles well and is high performance but not too tippy for me.  It’s also probably in my far-off gear future, but a girl’s gotta have her dreams.

For those of us who observe Christmas, it is a holiday for giving as well as receiving, and also a holiday celebrating beginnings of spiritual stories.  However, this time of year does, in many parts of the world, get associated with gift-giving for all sorts of reasons.

So, readers, let me ask you:  what would you wish to see under/beside/around the corner from your tree (either actual or metaphorical) this year?

I’ll close with wishing all of you– bloggers, readers, friends and family of readers, Facebook and WordPress followers, and anyone else who has come into contact with Fit is a Feminist Issue– Merry Christmas!

PIcture saying "May your holidays be balances and bright" with a reindeer, Mrs. Clause and Santa doing yoga


About catherine w

I'm an analytic philosopher, retooled as a public health ethicist. I'm interested in heath behavior change, particularly around eating and activity, and how things other than knowledge affect our health decisions.I'm also a cyclist (road, off-road, commuter), squash player, x skier, occasional yoga-doer, hiker, swimmer and leisurely walker.

5 thoughts on “All I want for Christmas is…favorite gear/fitness gifts

  1. fieldpoppy says:

    I wish I lived someplace where a kayak would make sense ;-). Love your post — my first bike was a folding bike (bigger wheels).

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  2. Ko says:

    I saw those boards on shark tank! I’m not big on fads either, but it does look awfully cool!


  3. natalieh says:

    Oh gosh. A Sylvain Go trailer to haul our bikes & gear plus it’s a little tent trailer for sleeping off the ground. Made in the US, ultra light and can be towed by my Nissan Cube.
    Le sigh.
    That is what I would love to see.


  4. Hey,
    I remember my first bike when I was in 7th Standard, my dad has gifted that, oh man that was really awesome experience, that time I felt like a superhero of my society between my friends.
    And your post is really interesting, keep blogging such kind of blogs


  5. Janet says:

    that Romany looks awful good on yah … 😉


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