I can tri challenge – event highlights

Team Blonde Runner - Triathlon 2008 blonderunner.com

This weekend I competed with the team in the Alta Canyon Sports Center I can tri Challenge sprint triathlon in Sandy, Utah. For those of you out there that have never done a triathlon I would suggest a recreation center triathlon. Not only are they the shortest distance triathlons you will find (sprint distance), but the swim is in a pool which eliminates the need for a wetsuit etc…but do look for a well organized event such as this one (great job Michelle!).

While setting up my transition, I overheard several lady’s trying to figure out what they needed to do since this was their first triathlon. I jumped at the opportunity to share some information with them. (Frankly most newbies don’t even think much about the transitions until they get there.) I could see the relief of their faces as they were able to put everything together. Nothing is better than knowing what to expect on race day. Then when the unexpected happens that is the only thing you are deal with – not “what do I do during a transition.” (One of my team members, Stephanie, had a flat tire – the culprit a staple. A kind stranger fixed it while she was doing the swim– Stranger, she thanks you deeply!) After reviewing the results – I was excited to see how quickly team members moved through the transitions ultimately shaving minutes off their times. I think the transition practice paid off ladies – you rock! Each of you have made so much progress over the weeks! Thank you for making coaching so rewarding! Go Team Blonde Runner! Check out your results: http://www.milliseconds.com/ResultsQuery.php?varRaceID=1105

Another highlight of the event for me was my kind husband and children cheering for me from the van periodically as I raced. Although not apparent on my face at the time (my husband tells me I was in deep concentration), it tickles me to hear their cute voices saying “Go Mommy!” as I raced. This was the highlight of the event for me (although I didn’t mind the first place finish despite bike issues and coping with this achy head cold. I rarely get sick, but when I do it seems to be when I really need to be well). I love you cute family! Thank you for your support – I could not do it without you!!


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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