looking for a good christmas idea for my dad

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  1. xenon supra

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    quick background: my dad was about 70 lbs overweight, and last christmas my mom bought him a road bike, he got really into it, did a century ride, and then trained for a marathon and ran that last week, and has lost about 60 lbs.

    he's exercising like crazy and i thought you guys may know of a neat gadget or something that he may like.

    he is going to start swimming next, so basically anything biking, running, swimming.

    budget is about $100 and he already has a GPS garmin watch.
     
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    Would he ride a road bike?
     
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    Maybe a camelpak?

    When I go running, I take my really nice one with me everywhere.

    I can put weights in it (it distributes well and there's so little friction, compared to when I used to run with canteens on), carry all the water I'll ever need, carry phone, wallet, ID, etc. I also put reflective tape on the back, but you can buy a small LED flashing light for like $3-5 to put on it.

    btw, I run A LOT. except not this last week.. ran 17 miles a week and a half ago when it was <40 degrees out, now I have a nasty cold and my miles are down to 6 minutes lol.
     
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    does he have pedals and cleats for his bike? those will make riding sooo much better if he doesnt. www.bikenashbar.com is a great site to buy bike stuff.
    new helmet, winter riding gear, new saddle, etc
     
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    Do you have time to go workout with him? That can be a big help.

    Give him an easy daily routine to do. If he gets hooked, he may start ramping it up himself and seeking ways to add to it or "reinvent" it.

    calisthetics, anything with your own bodyweight= +++
     
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    Subscription to Runner's World?
     
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    Well, elliptical is good and low impact. I dont like bike machines, unless you turn the resistance up.

    I have bad knees too. I narrowly avoided knee surgery this past january after a marathon. Strengthening squads via lunges, wall sits, leg extensions, elliptical, any sort of cross-training is good. Think of the quads as muscles clamping down on the knee.

    Swimming is very good. Toss that in every other day. As for weights, he can sit down on a chair and do some curls, etc. Can he do pushups on his knees?

    My grandpa is 85, incredibly driven. Big gut, but he walks a mile on a track a day, plays tennis regularly, and apparently--due to his recent surgery--has an aortic artery 28mm in diameter because he is so active. The average person's is 24mm lol.
     
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    thanks for the tips so far, he has said he doesn't want a camelpack before bc they are a bitch to clean, and he has shoes and clips for his bike.

    but those are good thoughts, more ideas would be helpful, i'm struggling with him.
     
  10. Mr. Pelham

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    did you not read the fucking sticky?


    to the TS:

    My girl runs marathons, she loves the water bottle belt, sports beans and energy packets for her runs.

    Maybe get your Father a box of those or the belt, or both.
     
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    what about a bike computer?
     
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    indoor trainer for the bike?
     
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    he's got one of those little belts and he buys his own energy packets

    he's got that too, haha, he spoils himself

    i wouldn't be able to afford a decent one.
     
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  18. Blade

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    how about a trip to your local gun range. you can rent guns and shoot the day away. my local range is a class III dealer so you can rent machine guns, ar's, etc
     
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    http://www.zootsports.com/pdfs/Zoot_White_Paper.pdf

    Cliffs: The use of compression garments in triathlon is becoming increasingly more common among athletes as the garments have been shown to promote everything from an increase in oxygenation to a decrease in recovery time.
     
  20. Frank Dux

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    10lbs of whey
     
  21. Mr. Pelham

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    maybe a gift for my girl...
     
  22. xenon supra

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    i think imma do the ZOOT gear. im gonna get him a top and my mom's getting him some shorts :cool:

    thanks guys
     
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