Taste an orange. How I got into triathlons.

Many years ago (when I was in High School) I was flipping through the pages of a newspaper and I came across an inspiring picture of Ray Browning, a professional triathlete finishing the third annual Ironman Triathlon in Oahu in the 1980’s. He was able to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run a 26.2 mile marathon – one right after the other! I was amazed that the human body could be trained for such an undertaking. I thought to myself that I could possibly do something like that one day so I set a goal in my mind to do it.

Now I have competed in many triathlons on my quest to complete the Ironman distance. I have absolutely loved the challenge of training and competing in triathlons.

(Update Oct. 2015: This post was originally posted in 2008.  In 2015 I completed my first Ironman event in Maryland. Read more 25 years after I set the goal, it’s never too late)

As with any new endeavor there is a certain amount of learning that takes place. My college running experience and nutrition education accelerated my learning. As an experienced athlete and running coach who benefited from knowledgeable coaches myself, I realize how valuable it is to have someone to answer questions and share experience. Sure you can learn from a book, but nobody learns what an orange tastes like by reading a book, they learn from tasting it.  If you have ever considered doing a triathlon go for it!  Experience the taste of a triathlon – you might just love the flavor!

To learn more about local classes I offer, including Running Form, Endurance Nutrition, & Triathlon Training message me at theblonderunner@gmail.com

Train Happy,

Coach Lora Erickson



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Coach Lora Erickson is an Ironman All-World athlete and certified running and triathlon coach recently competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Africa in 2018. Lora was born and raised in Colorado and was to run for the University and Utah & Utah State University where she obtained a degree in Community Health Education with duel minors in Chemistry and Nutrition. Coach Lora has a true passion for health promotion and loves to share her experiences. Learn more: About Coach Lora Erickson