Help Blonde Runner get to the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Africa

May 10, 2018 by  
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Wow, just wow!  I do not want to pass up this opportunity to participate in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Port Elizabeth, Africa! The race is just over 12 weeks away and the cost is a major concern but I am willing to work for it. I am looking for sponsors/supporters to help get me there. If you are able and willing to donate I would be deeply grateful. Any amount helps. I also offer online coaching services and will be selling triathlon gear etc…Interested? Please message me. Any international travel tips would also be greatly appreciated .

#helpmegettoafrica #swimbikerun #trilove #gratitude #triathlete #triharder #ironman #70point3 #worldchampionships #NelsonMandelaBay #africa #donate #helpneeded #onlinecoaching #triathlontraining @theblonderunner @coachloraerickson

Donations can be made directly here:

Thank you so much!!

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

 

Update (Sept. 10, 2018)

I just wanted to thank all of you that donated to help me get to Africa!  It was an amazing and unforgettable experience!  Please read the race report 

I have also posted a lot of pictures to my social media channels.  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Coach Lora

Race Report Ironman Texas – April 28, 2018

May 6, 2018 by  
Filed under News, Product Reviews, Races

Words can not describe the feeling of finishing an Ironman event! It is an exciting and exhilarating experience no matter the performance results. Nothing can take away from the joy you feel while running down the finish chute of a race knowing you will accomplish a difficult goal you set out to complete. All the many months of training and long grueling day of swim, cycling and running 140.6 miles lead you to this amazing moment of completion and feeling of accomplishment as you cross the finish line and hearing your name over the intercom announced, “You are an Ironman.” If you are considering doing an Ironman, I highly suggest it (let me know if I can help, I would LOVE to coach you!). It is an amazing journey and accomplishment that no one can ever take away from you. Once you are an Ironman you are always and Ironman! I am grateful I have had the privilege to complete three of them now.
For me leading up to this race my focus was not just about finishing but finishing strong and meeting my current potential. Although I didn’t meet my goals fully, there were some true successes that came from this race.
I have come to the realization that rarely does my race swim time reflect my true ability, due to arm damage I don’t swim straight (believe me I have tried lol). I felt really good during the swim and had a strong swim according to my watch, sadly I swam many extra yards! I’ve had this problem ever since I had shoulder surgery ten years ago; these seemingly slow times used to really bother me but now I’ve learn to laugh about it imagining what I look like from a birds eye perspective swimming all over the place 😂. I always hope to make it up on the bike. I still get nervous around traffic on the bike so I was so happy to have a mostly closed course. I was able to complete it in over a 20 mph averaged which was good and I felt strong.
Just over 3 years ago I was struck by a truck while riding my bicycle resulting in knee surgery. Since then it has been a struggle to find the balance between volume and intensity for running. I believe this year has been the most successful with striking that balance and I have had many strong half marathon performances leading up to the race including two 1:33/1:34 half’s pacing just over 7 min miles. One being just one week before the Ironman event. Despite holding back my hamstrings didn’t seem to tolerate as well as they should. Unfortunately this left me having to dig even deeper to push through the Ironman marathon with issues starting at mile two. Obviously this slowed my time immensely but I learned that I can push through pain and disappointment for over four hours and not give up. So in a way I did “finishing strong,” just not the way I originally had in mind. They took good care of me in the medical tent after the race. Despite the struggles I managed to place 13 in my division with an overall time of 11:29:38 There are many “What if’s” I have contemplated but that just gets me down so I want to focus on what I did right. Here’s what I came up with:
  1. I prepared myself well for the event with good consistent training.
  2. I took care of details like RockTape on my knee for support and my neck to prevent chafing (works like a charm). Running in my Hoka’s, use Chamois Butt’r and taking along a GoStik to reapply during the run under my arms to minimize chafing (check out my product review).
  3. I left the slow swim time behind me. I literally laughed about it on the bike and let it go.
  4. I had a strong bike leg and was able to stay focused on nutrition despite some nausea.
  5. I pushed myself on the run and dug deep to finish as fast as my body would allow for the day. I kept going even when it was physically & mentally hard.
  6. I finished with a smile on my face and gratitude in my heart. It’s fun to check another state off my 50 states goal.
Not all races, if any, go as planned. Results can be difficult to swallow but there is always some thing to learn. You always seem to learn more when you struggle more. I can’t say I wanted to do another Ironman right away, like my first one, but I do now. I still have things I want to accomplish with this distance. So until the next one I will continue to learn, grow and progress. There is much yet to accomplish! Get a feel for this amazing Ironman experience in the clip below. Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or comments.
Happy Training,
Coach Lora Erickson
TheBlondeRunner@gmail.com

Product Review:  Chamois Butt’r & Go Stik

May 3, 2018 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Product Reviews

There are some great products that really help me get to the finish-line in races; particularly Chamois Butt’r and GoStik.  When I first started cycling I had no idea how much using a chafing cream could help with preventing sores or just making riding more comfortable.  Wow!  What a difference!  As a true blonde with sensitive skin I have tried all the chafing products but have found  Chamois Butt’r to be the best “bang for the buck!”  Doing a bit of research I discovered that the Paceline Product Company that produces a whole line of products; so of course I had to try them all!

The one I use most often is the Chamois Butt’r for HerThis product is pH balanced particularly for women and is non-greasy.  I love the portable single-use packets for traveling when I go to out-of-state races. I use this product for all my rides over an hour and apply it liberally to both my skin and chamois. It really makes a difference! They also have an Original and Eurostyle version of the skin lubricant.  As a runner I have found these products can also be used on the feet for long endurance/ultra runs as well as the GoStik.

Other products they have are Kit Wash (so needed and works like a charm and takes the stink out of your workout clothes).  The Skin Wash product I have found to come in handy when I can’t take a shower right away but want to get my skin clean. Good stuff! Useful for camping too!  What can I say?!…I’m an outdoor girl.

Recently I completed the Ironman Texas event (my third full-Ironman).  I the GoStik literally save my skin and minimize chafing.  I particularly like this product because it comes in a portable little size (like a lip balm) that I was able to take to reapply on the run under my arms at the Ironman.  This particular chafing product has a higher melting point than other products so it lasts longer and I can keep it in my van for when I am out and about and go on a run. I will be offering samples at some of my clinic, just message me at theblonderunner@gmail.com to learn more.  If you need help with training don’t hesitate to contact me. Check the Blonde Runner Health LLC page on Facebook for giveaways.

Want to learn more about the Paceline Products?  https://www.chamoisbuttr.com/

Race & Product Discount Code List

May 3, 2018 by  
Filed under News, Races

There are so many great races and products out there.  Check back often as discounts are updated frequently.

Blonde Runner Discount Code List

Happy Racing,

Coach Lora Erickson

Need help with training?  Message me at theblonderunner@gmail.com

Race Report: Salt Lake City Half Marathon

April 23, 2018 by  
Filed under News, Races

There are many local races that I really enjoy and the Salt Lake Half Marathon is one of them. Not only was the weather perfect this year but the race was organized incredibly well. It’s amazing to me that such a large race can run so smoothly with literally thousands of participants and many different events. They offered a full marathon, half, bike tour, 10K, 5K & Kids K. I opted to sign up for the half marathon since I will be doing Ironman Texas only one week later.
After parking downtown by the finish we used Trax to take us to the start (Olympic Legacy Bridge) using our bib as a ticket to ride. It took about 20 minutes to get there. The starting area was fun, with music, water tables, porta-potties, and lots of runners. It always gets me excited to be around so many other runners that enjoy this sport as much as I do! After dropping off the morning clothes bag we headed to the starting line and lined up in our assigned corral. We were organized into groups based on our expected finish time. I was in Corral B which started 30 sec after the first wave (A). When we started it was nice and not over crowded. Traffic control was great and many roads were closed to traffic which I love, this means no stops to break my rhythm. Aide stations were well stocked with water, gatorade & gels and the volunteers were well trained & educated and cheerful. I also loved the many time clocks on course and each mile was marked accurately. The spectators were plentiful along the course and it was fun to share the first 9 miles with the marathoners and then the final miles with the 10K & 5K participants. Everything was well marked and it was fun to experience the city of Salt Lake on foot surrounded by running friends. Races are fun for me as I was able to say hello to many of my running friends, it’s like a reunion! The finish is always so enjoyable and it always feels good to run down that finish chute and be awarded a medal 🏅around your neck. You know you’ve earned it! The medals were so cool as they double as a bottle opener and sun-catcher with the blue background behind the iconic wasatch mountain range. The fun spin charm was added to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of this race.


As we continued through the athlete finish area they handed us water and had lots of food available for us; chips with guacamole, oranges, banana, Shasta Sparking water, Creamies, drinkable yogurt, granola bars etc…
The bib number also had a unique QR code to scan for immediate results (very cool!). My preliminary results indicated I was first in my division which was exciting!  Check out the athlete IG post @TheBlondeRunner
Final results: 
I was awarded a cool drink coaster age-group award. Check out the coach IG @CoachLoraErickson


A fun bonus to this race was an option to have your name complimentary engraving on your finish medal! They even had massages at the end that I took advantage of.  Overall this was an amazing experience and I highly recommend this race! Watch for my 20% off discount code on my discount code list
If you need help with your training don’t hesitate to contact me. I offer many services to fit any budget. Beginners welcome.
Happy Running,
Coach Lora

theblonderunner@gmail.com

#runthecapital #SLCmarathon @SaltLakeCityMarathon

Win an Entry in the Splash N Sprint Triathlon

I just love the local triathlons…it’s how I got started in the sport.  Check out this local race and enter to win a free entry.  Good luck!  Let me know if you need help with training.  Also, for those registered I will be offering a clinic and route preview the Wednesday before.  Message me to RSVP and learn more.
Can’t wait to sign-up? Use the code BLONDESPLASH2018 to get $5 off! 

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Coach Lora Erickson Cycling Utah Article: Push, But Not Too Hard

March 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Prevention & Safety

Check out Coach Lora’s latest article in Cycling Utah.  Click to read:  http://www.cyclingutah.com/fitness/coaching/triathlons-push-but-not-too-hard/

Enjoy. Are there other articles/blog posts you’d like to see?  If so, leave a comment below or send an email to theblonderunner@gmail.com and I’d love to address a topic you are interested in.  Need help with training?  If so, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Coach Lora Erickson

theblonderunner@gmail.com

BlondeRunner.com

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Product Review: Goodr Running Sunglasses

Being a high school and college distance runner and now Ironman athlete I have run a lot of miles in the hot bright sun and even winter sun reflecting off the snow (so bright)!  Sadly when I was young I rarely wore sunglasses when I was running. While visiting the eye doctor after college I learned I had developed Pinguecula in my eyes from sun damage.  Pingueculae are non-cancerous bumps on the eyeball usually caused from ultraviolet radiation from the sun, wind, dust and dry air.  Growing up in a dessert area in Colorado probably didn’t help. Luckily the pingueculae did not grow over my cornea’s so I was still able to have Lasik some time ago.  Since I have learned about them, I make it a point to always wear sunglasses when I workout outside and drive.  I always suggest sunglasses to other runners and triathletes in my classes and clinics.  I was excited to see these fun and affordable Goodr running sunglasses at a local shop and had to check them out.  I am a big fan of polarized lenses because you can see better with them. The lens have UV400 protection and the frames have grip coating.  They are super light-weight at 22 grams, so won’t bounce around when you run.  These classic black ones are perfect and I kinda think I look cool (gotta be a cool Mom when I drop off or pick up my kids from school right?).  The name of this color/style is Whiskey Shots from Satan with Amber lens.  Doesn’t that just fit the Mom vibe LOL 😉 The affordability sure does!   I just love that they are all under $30.  They have lot of fun other prints too.  Check them out and get yourself a pair:  https://www.playgoodr.com/

Happy Running,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Pinguecula – Click the links to learn more:

http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/pinguecula.htm

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/pinguecula-pterygium

Learn more:  Who is Blonde Runner – Coach Lora Erickson? 

 

Win Tickets to the My Gluten Free World Expo

March 5, 2018 by  
Filed under News, Product Reviews

Check out this great Instagram Giveaway!  Enter to win!

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Funny Video Clip: Bird Jamming to Guy Playing Guitar and Singing

This is such a cute clip, I had to share.  Laughter is the best medicine!
Live Happy,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

 

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