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Merry Christmas to Sam

Oh, Christmas. 

There’s so much that’s difficult about the holidays but one of the things I love is getting gifts from my family members. That may seem obvious. What’s not to like about new shiny stuff? But what I love are the identity affirming aspects of gift giving. These are the gifts that say, I see you, I know you.

What’s relevant to the blog are the gifts that recognize sporty me. I got sailing booties and a spray top from Sarah. I love the feminist fitness themed t-shirts I got from university age son. See above. And Jeff got my commuting bike in order for winter riding with snow tires and fenders. Part of the gift was putting them on.

The winter bike tires aren’t studded. They’re more like car tires. Here’s the Mountain Equipment Co-op description: “Studless tires for northern winter, these ones grip when other cyclists are left spinning their wheels. Hundreds of lamellae (tiny biting edges, like those found on gecko’s feet) interlock with slick road surfaces.”

I’m looking forward to trying them out.

Did you get any fitness-y gifts that recognize your sporty self? Please tell us about them in the comments.

One thought on “Merry Christmas to Sam

  1. Those tires are AWESOME. I love mine so much! They even work on black ice, as long as you don’t try any sudden stops or turns. Plus they just feel really cool – I keep petting the ones in their boxes at work (MEC).

    Nothing feels better than being seen, understood, and supported in your enthusiasms by the people around you!

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