Black Friday

black_friday_shopping_toysrusOur Thanksgiving starts very early (12p) and ends by 3p.  We only have my step-son for those few hours and so we came home after that.  Fell asleep quickly and then stayed up all night to go to Walmart at 10p (yes that is up all night considering I am usually falling asleep in couch at 830p) since the little one had items on his list for Christmas that we could get there. OMG. OMG. OMG.  NEVER AGAIN! It was a total mad house, but we found parking rather quickly.  I grabbed a shopping cart from a family that was done shopping.  Walking through there was like practicing your car driving.  So I decide to park the cart and wait while Karen went through the toy section. While sitting there here is what I saw: 1- Women whom I could not tell if they were overweight or pregnant.  A total of 15 women like this.  It was nuts. 2- More sweatpants going by me than at the start of a race in January before everybody de-robes and runs in lycra/spandex. 3- A guy with a camouflage polo shirt.  What would you need that for?  To hide out in the Board room? 4- A dude with a flat top from the 80s.  Serious Kid and Play look. 5- A person whose cart was filled with a minimum of 6 Ninja blenders.  What the f do you need that many ninjas for? 6- People stopping in the McD's before walking into the store.  It was Thanksgiving just a few hours could you possibly want more food? I was at my wit's end and shaking so what did we do?  We went to Toys R Us.......OMG the line was out the door to get onto Target we went.  This store did not open until Midnight and it was 11:30p at the time.  The line wrapped around the shopping center.  A good 3000-4000 people I would say......home we went...... This was once in a lifetime and I'll never do it again BUT this does not mean that you can't get a deal on Black Friday and especially for the endurance athlete you love: Winter Accessories Editor’s Pick: Zoot Ultra XOTHERM 170 Beanie, $25.00   Layers Editor’s Pick: Icebreaker GT LS Sprint Zip top, $110.00 and Sprint Leggings, $100.00 Bonus Layer: The North Face Apex Climateblock Full Zip shell; $159.00   Bike Lights Editor’s Pick: DiNotte 400L PLUS Headlight, $209.00 and 300R Red Taillight, $199.00   Race Registration Editor’s Pick: 30th Avia Wildflower Triathlon, $160 (Olympic Distance)   Wetsuit Editor’s Pick:  XTERRA Vortex Fullsuit Wetsuit, $400   Racing or Training Pack Editor’s Pick: Zoot Tri Bag, $150   Heart Rate Monitor or GPS Training Device Editor’s Pick: Garmin Forerunner 910XT, $449.99   Cycling Shoes Editor’s Pick: Sidi Triathlon T3.6 Carbon, $359.99   Bike Cleaning Set Editor’s Pick: Pedros Super Pit Kit, $49.99 Bonus Pick: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Bike Maintenance and Repair.   Nutrition Editor’s Pick:  White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Clif Bars, $15.00/box   This story and picks was found on and can be found by clicking this link. I personally ordered a new tri bag since the one I have used for the past two years is ripping at the seams.  I also stocked up on HoneySting waffles, and EFS Liquid Shot refill bottle.

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Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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