I was going to write an amazing product review on the Garmin 920xt watch with heart rate that I got from Wasatch Running Center and have been using lately. It’s quite an upgrade from my 910xt watch I was using. It has blue tooth capabilities, calculates VO2max estimates, does vertical oscillation and calculated ground contact time as well as does recovery checks and allow you to set a cadence chime etc.. this watch has tons of bells and whistles and I could spend hours going through it all in a detailed product review, but why spend the time doing it when RCRainmaker already has. He puts out amazing product reviews so if you want to know more about this great watch click this link: Garmin In-depth Review.
Coach Lora Erickson
Rise & Shine Run. I just love all the data my Garmin 920 XT watch from @wasatchrunning provides: #time #distance #pace #elevation #heartrate #verticaloscillation #ground contact time. I always like to record temperatures and nutrition for all the workouts too. I guess you could say I love details. Data is interesting – I must be a coach 😉 @garminofficial #garmin #lovemygarmin #run #triathlontraining #fitness #blonderunner #athlete #health #coach #numbers
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Coach Lora aka Blonde Runner shares her experience with getting a bike fit at Intermountain LiVe Well Center in Salt Lake City. To get something scheduled call them at 385-282-2700 or visit LiveWellCenter.org/SaltLake. Nate and Dr. Max Testa were great (and funny I might add). I had a great experience!
Coach Lora takes you through what happens when you get your body fat tested at Intermountain LiVe Well Center in Salt Lake City. To get something scheduled call them at 385-282-2700 or visit LiveWellCenter.org/SaltLake
Check it out:
Ten years ago I embarked on a journey that changed my life. I did my first triathlon. I come from a long distance running background and was recruited from Colorado to run on athletic scholarship for several local Utah colleges. By the time I found triathlon I had already had three small children and running had grown stale. I was looking for a new challenge but didn’t want to give up running all together. Triathlon training made sense; I could enjoy challenging my body by swimming, cycling and continue to run. The variety triathlon training provided was a welcome change but as an experience triathlon coach I can tell you that it’s not just a simple as adding in two more sports. Each discipline affects the other and adjustments have to be made to prevent overtraining and prevent injury.
If you are looking for a change I highly encourage you to look into triathlons. My first triathlon was a sprint distance pool triathlon. This is generally a good starting place if you’re thinking about getting into triathlons. Traditional triathlons start with a swim continue to cycling and then finish with a run. Each event is one right after the other and your overall time includes the transition time from one sport to another. These transitions are also known as T1 & T2. Most people have heard of the Ironman distance, but this is not the only distance available. The shortest distance is known as a sprint triathlon and can be done in a pool or open water setting. Sprint distance triathlons generally swim 350 meters in a pool or 750 meters in open water followed with a 12 mile bike ride and finishing with a 5K run. The Olympic or International distance is usually done in open water with a 1500 meter swim, ~25 mile bike ride and a 10K run. The next distance would be the half Ironman or 70.3; starting with the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and finishing with a 13.1 half marathon run. The Ironman distance or 140.6 is a 2.4 miles swim, 112 mile ride followed by a 26.2 mile marathon. If you’re looking for a new challenge I highly suggest you look into doing triathlons. Not a swimmer? Check into doing duathlons; a run-bike-run event. Need help with training? Give me a call. Happy training!
About the author: Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner is a USATF running, USA Triathlon and USMS Level 1 & 2 Swim coach. She enjoys working with all level athletes and offers on-line, in-person or team coaching programs as well as community classes. To learn more visit BlondeRunner.com
Have you wanted to get into triathlons but are just not sure how? Let me teach you what you need to know to get started in this Beginner Triathlon Training Class Series through the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful in July. Come join me! I would love to teach you what I know. Triathlon training rocks!
Coach Lora Erickson
USATF running and USA Triathlon certified coach with over 30 years of athletic experience
The best way to register is in-person at the front desk at the South Davis Recreation Center, 550 N. 200 West, Bountiful. You can also register on-line.
Here’s the link to register online:
Click “Register for Activities”
Then Click “Fitness Classes”
Then Click “Summer 2015 Triathlon Training Class Series”
I prefer to be a cheerful and happy person but there is something I have been struggling with for a while now. I hesitate to share this with people because I don’t like to complain or be negative nor do I want anyone to doubt my capabilities. Although I am a private person, I have decided to share my story in hopes that it could help someone else. In September 2014 I was hit by a truck on my bicycle. I hit the back of my head “really hard” according to witnesses and is evident from my damaged helmet. As a result of the accident I sustained a concussion and had an intense headache immediately after the accident. Many months later I had knee surgery as a result of the accident and miraculously jumped back into training and exercise with my doctor’s go ahead, however the headaches still subsist despite all my doctor visits and attempts to relieve the pain. It has been 8 1/2 months since the accident and I still suffer from headaches daily. I have exhausted all avenues and have made all efforts to relieve the pain doing the exercises suggested by my physical therapist, getting regular massages, taking frequent breaks as suggested by a cognitive therapist and many other things etc… The severity of the pain varies on a daily basis but most days I have learned to function well even with the pain. One thing that is difficult about chronic pain is that it’s not visible to others, they can’t see that you are dealing with it. It’s not like a broken leg where it’s obvious someone is dealing with it because they have a cast on. I have been told many times I have a high threshold for pain but ongoing pain is a different kind of struggle with no foreseeable end in sight. I know there are others that suffer from chronic pain much more severe and debilitating than mine and I know how frustrating it can be to deal with on a daily basis. While it slows me down I can still accomplish a lot and have had a successful race season so far this year with First Place Female at the Lagoon 10K, 2nd Place Division Salt Lake City Half Marathon in 1:36:40 and 1st Place division in the Hits Half 70.3. I can’t help to wonder what more I could accomplish if I didn’t have to deal with this constant nagging head pain, however I am grateful to be alive. I know that the accident could have turned out much worse. Over time the head pain has decreased and I am hopeful the headaches will disappear all-together one day but until then I will not let them stop me from pursuing my goals. The way I look at it is that everyone has challenges they are facing every day and the only thing we can really do is to do the best we can in the moment. That is what I plan to continue to do; to be the best I can be right now, because right now is all that we really have. Let’s all keep pushing forward in the face of any challenges we may be struggling with. Thank you to all of those that support me and my athletic endeavors. You help me more than you know!
Learn more about Post-Traumatic Headaches
If you are serious about getting better or keep getting injured, I highly suggest going to The Running Lab and getting a Movement Assessment, Gait Analysis and Lactate Threshold testing done. Here’s a video clip about my experience:
The Running Lab is offered by the Intermountain Sports Medicine Specialty Group and there are two locations, give them a call to get your test scheduled:
Bountiful Running Lab
280 N. Main Street, 1st Floor
Live Well Center Running Lab
Salt Lake Clinic
389 South 900 East, 4th floor
Visit SportsMedGroup.org to learn more
I was super excited to try my new underwater iPod and Swimbuds Sport Headphones today in the pool. As a triathlete I always look forward to running with my music when I train so I really looked forward to this workout in the pool with music – can you believe it?! On occasion the water aerobics class will have some music that’s enjoyable but more often than not the “elevator music” doesn’t get me pumped up like my own music would. I’m a big pop fan. I also like new country and some of the 90s rock. Yep – I pretty much love my teenagers music. There is just something about rhythmic music that makes exercise more enjoyable for me. At first I was a little nervous to put the iPod and Swimbuds Sport Headphones in the water because it’s sort-of unbelievable that they could be waterproof; but the fact is they are and I was able to listen to my tunes while swimming today! This is a first for me. I loved it! This has just increased my desire to want to swim more often. I now can enjoy my favorite Taylor Swift tunes while I swim! The audio was really clear on these high quality headphones too.
If you struggle with wanting to get to the pool or if you just want to have some tunes to work out with I would highly suggest getting one of these. I still can’t believe its waterproof as it looks like a regular iPod!
Bonus: The headphones act like ear plugs too so they keep the water out of your ears. So if you use earplugs anyway then why not listen to music too?
I could also see this being a good training tool, especially if you use songs with the right cadence, or you can get creative with your workouts and push yourself or do a drill until the end of the song. I could also see these being useful for wet rainy or snowy weather for running (I am sure that Ogden Marathoners would have appreciated them this last weekend).
Training Tip: As a coach I like to tell my athletes to wear ear plugs if they tend to get dizzy or vertigo in the pool so this might be a good solution for them too!
Also if you tend to get headaches like me or be overly sensitive to the environment (often caused from concussions) this could be a good solution to controlling pool noise. Often when I swim it’s really noisy. This helps control that. Love it!
To learn more or order for yourself visit Underwateraudio.com
View on YouTube – The Blonde Runner – Swimming Underwater Audio Product Review
Since I am in the middle of a recovery week after my 70.3 I wanted to share some tips about Allowing Time For Recovery. Check it out (sorry about the birds – they were a little noisy this morning).
Coach Lora Erickson
USATF certified running coach, USAT certified triathlon coach
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Watch Coach Lora demonstrate how to get a wetsuit off.
Need help in the water?
Openwater and pool swimming lessons are available. Contact Coach Lora Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability and pricing.
Underwater video analysis also available – Learn more