With everything from beautiful, personalised race maps and down coats to turbo trainers and resistance bands, Mara’s Christmas Wish List is packed full of ideas for the cyclists, runners and outdoor explorers in your life.
The Monochrome rolltop backpack pannier bag from Good Ordering is a versatile bag that doubles up as a rucksack and can be attached to a pannier rack on a bike. It also has lots of pockets and has a layered waterproof coating. Like with many others, working from home and reducing my use of public transport this year has seen me using my bike a lot more. The rolltop backpack would be perfect for those rides.
These custom-made foil maps are beautiful handcrafted products and a unique way of remembering your favourite races.
Poorna Bell’s new book, Stronger, due for release in Spring 2021, is a roadmap on how girls and women could tap into their own physical and mental strength, and not be held back by societal conditioning.
I’ve found my classic turbo a godsend for getting in my indoor bike workouts with the help of virtual reality apps, like Zwift during the colder or rainier days. An upgrade to a smart trainer would mean a quieter bike session and more accurate readings and the onscreen climbs and declines feed back into the trainer, automatically adjusting the resistance to give a near-similar experience to real life riding.
Bouda Vida is a new women’s sportswear kit, with the added bonus that 5% of its sales is donated to women’s sport. Their kit is both stylish and comfortable
If there’s one thing that Apple never mastered it’s fixing their aggressive alarm clock ringtones! The Lumie Bodyclock Glow 150 makes waking up easier by copying the light and colour of a real sunrise so when you open your eyes you feel refreshed. Waking like this helps to regulate your sleep-wake cycle and has even been shown to boost mood, energy and productivity levels for the rest of the day.
Working out at home now more than before means needing to up my at home gym set up. The Shreddy resistance bands come in different colours, different lengths and strengths.
One of the things i’ve enjoyed this year is exploring lots of places. Packed with ultra-warm Hydrodown®, this would be a perfect match for frosty days and long walks.
Eucalyptus and mint are one of my favourite scent combinations for candles. I find them so soothing. Octo London candles are hand poured in small batches in London. The candles come in different sizes and other scents and come with beautiful packaging.
Mara Hafezi is a multi-hyphen millennial. She believes in female empowerment and stepping outside your comfort zones, while championing diversity. She loves endurance sports, especially ultramarathons and cycling. You can follow her on @mara.thefitlondoner.