Product Review: Garmin Watch 920xt with Heart Rate

July 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Product Reviews, Weight Loss

Garmin 920 xt 7.3.2015I 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.

Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

(pictured above)

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

View my post on IG https://instagram.com/p/4rfKmXO1Jz/

 

What Goes Into A Race Report? – Coach Lora Erickson, BlondeRunner.com

Coach Lora Erickson explains what goes into a race report and why they can be beneficial for you. IG @theblonderunner Twitter @blonderunner FB Blonde Runner Health #BlondeRunnerTips

View on Youtube: The Blonde Runner Channel – Race Report

Coach Lora Erickson Getting a Bike Fit at Intermountain LiVe Well Center in Salt Lake City, Utah

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!

Body Fat Testing with Intermountain LiVe Well Center in Salt Lake City, Utah

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:

Beginner Triathlon Training Class Series

Lora Erickson Blonde Runner sitHave 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

Learn more about the Coach

Triathlon Class July

Get Registered:

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:

http://www.activityreg.com/clientpage_t0.wcs

Click “Register for Activities”

Then Click “Fitness Classes”

Then Click “Summer 2015 Triathlon Training Class Series”

Chronic Pain is a Headache

June 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Weight Loss

keep moving forwardI 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!

Sincerely,

Lora Erickson

“Blonde Runner”

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High Quality Blonde Runner Gear from Champion Systems

June 10, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Prevention & Safety, Races, Weight Loss

BR gear announcement IG picture 6.10.2015Wahoo!  I am beyond excited right now. I got a special package in the mail today. My sponsors came through!  After all these years of promoting and loving triathlon/running I finally got my very own Blonde Runner gear for racing! I am so grateful for my sponsors. Without them I wouldn’t be able to do what I love. Thank you so much!  Look for me sporting these awesome duds at the races @champsys @intermountain @bountifulbicycle @wasatchrunning @drinkcocogo @_malibu_c  @xterrawetsuits #eleteelectrolytes #blonderunner #athlete #triathlon #swimbikerun #running #sponsors #highquality #gear #beyourownbrand #champsys

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Intermountain Sports Medicine: Running Lab & Lactate Testing

June 4, 2015 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Product Reviews, Weight Loss

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

Bountiful, Utah

801-298-2495

 

Live Well Center Running Lab

Salt Lake Clinic

389 South 900 East, 4th floor

385-282-2700

Visit SportsMedGroup.org to learn more

Product Review: Audio Underwater Swimbuds Sport Headphones

Coach Lora Erickson swimbudsI 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?triharder audio
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

Allow Time for Recovery – Video Clip

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
BlondeRunner.com
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