Kacy Catanzaro rocked American Ninja Warrior

I am not going to lie, I have totally considered building obstacles to use in my backyard to train for something like this. I am a big fan of American Ninja Warrior and was totally impressed with Kacy Catanzaro who rocked it at the Dallas finals becoming the first women to complete the course! She was amazing! Check out this video and get inspired!
~ Coach Lora Erickson
www.BlondeRunner.com

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Race Report: Cache Gran Fondo Cycling Race & Tour

July 16, 2014 by  
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blue gran fondo logoWow, as always the Cache Gran Fondo did not disappoint. I have been part of this event since it existence 3 years ago and I remember being so impressed with how well organized it was even the inaugural year! I graduated from Utah State University as well as interned at Logan Regional Hospital (affiliated with the Race Director that puts on the event) so naturally I love to return to my old stomping grounds. A lot has changed since I want to college there, but the same beautiful mountains have not. As always I like to drive up the morning of the event. Getting up before the sun has its perks – I love to see the sunrise! This year I was participating again as an athlete as well as sponsor with many of my Team Blonde Runner – Triathlon athletes (www.TBRtriathlon.com). What a great group!
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At the start we found each other and assembled ourselves for the 50 mile event which the majority of the team members were doing. I suggested they use the race for training and run after the ride to simulate a triathlon. I did this last year and found it great for training to run on tired legs – just like it would be in a triathlon.
Soon they announced the start but we were waiting for a team member and after it thinned out a bit we all started together. The weather was absolutely perfect at high 50’s low 60’s to start! The route rides in a large loop through Cache Valley and it was great to reminisce in my mind about all the great times I had in college running for Utah State University on scholarship. I am a long distance runner gone triathlete. Triathlons rock!
Since the 100 mile riders started before us there were lots of people to catch up with and I found myself passing riders the whole time even though I was riding conservatively since I knew I would be stopping and waiting at the first support station to check on everyone and reconnect with team members. The first support station was offer just short of 20 miles. When I arrived they had plenty of great snacks and beverages to refill water bottles etc… Last year we had a team member experience some flat tires so I wanted to wait until every team member arrived so I could make sure all was well and nobody needed assistance. I was pleased to see everyone was having a great time and we enjoyed visiting a while at the first aide station as everyone trickled in. Before long we were on our way to tackle the next 30 miles.10540841_10204340781349658_1492248091954288981_n

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Immediately out of this stop the 50 and 100 mile rides split and not too much farther up the road was a 500 foot climb. I was looking forward to the challenge. The hill starts gradually and gets stepper as you go so it was important to keep your cadence up and not burn out your legs too early. I was happy to say I was passing people the entire climb. As always it was a thrill to reach the top and see the spray painted sign “KOM” on the asphalt. Just for a second you truly feel like a “King of the Mountain.” At this point the riders were thinning out and I found myself riding between groups; as I would catch them I would pull them for a while until I dropped them and worked on closing the next gap. It was fun! I was thrilled to be able to hold 36 mph for a portion of it. I tried to work in aero as much as I could to simulate a triathlon. I couldn’t help looking around at the beautiful scenery that northern Utah has to offer. It felt great to have the wind on my face and be surrounded by nature. It is really easy to remember why I do this stuff when I participate in rides like this. I was in the zone and just enjoying the ride.
Before long the next two supports stops came and went. The route was well marked and it’s always fun to pick up the pace for the final stretch to the finish! Shortly after I finished I was awarded my finish medal. Since I wanted to simulate a ride-run workout (aka “brick”) I didn’t linger and quickly put my stuff away and traded out my cycling shoes for running shoes and took off on the run. By now it was getting hotter and as expected my legs were tired. I pushed them to run hard as I pounded out some miles – it felt good. I love the burn of a great workout! Soon after arriving back at the finish area I saw my first athlete finishing up her ride. She was smiling and enjoyed the event!

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I then browsed through the expo with lots of vendors and enjoyed all the fun festivities. It was an honor to be part of such a well organized event! After picking up some food (provided by the event with a meal ticket – how cool is that?!) I headed back over to the finish and was greeting by many other team member who had just finished with smiles on their faces. It was fun to say hello and I was happy to see everyone had done well and felt good about their ride.
This was truly a great event and one I plan to do every year. It’s just so fun to be back in Cache Valley and to be part of such a great event. This event also helps fund breast cancer screenings – bonus. I love to be part of a great cause too! BreastCancerScreeningsI hope to see you there next year!
~ Coach Lora Erickson
www.BlondeRunner.com

Registration for the 2015 event will begin in January. Learn more
Check out this cool video – you can see all the great views!

Other perks you should know about:
Complimentary breakfast before the event
Photo’s available for free after the event
Great expo at the finish with lots of fun booths, food and vendors.
UCA categories racing available
Free meal ticket after
Prizes & drawings

Great Message in This Song: Try – Colbie Caillat

July 16, 2014 by  
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I just love this message in this song.  “When you are all alone do you like you?” I like you and I like me.  Be yourself!  Love this!  Enjoy.

Coach Lora Erickson

www.BlondeRunner.com

Get signed up for a triathlon this weekend

July 15, 2014 by  
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The Cache Valley Super Sprint put on by On Hill Events is coming up this weekend!  Registration is still open – use the code BLDRUN to get a discount – check it out Triathlons are a blast!

Coach Lora Erickson

www.BlondeRunner.com

Handcart Days Races in Bountiful

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This is a great annual local event offering a half marathon and 5k along with a 1k for kids and breakfast!  It’s great fun!  Come join us.  I’ll be helping at the aid stations and cheering for you!

Use the code TBR14 and save $$

Click to register

Ryan Hall in Utah

Ryan Hall in Utah.   I love what he is saying in this video clip.

Check out the Des News story (Thanks Amy).

Coach Lora Erickson

www.BlondeRunner.com 

 

I love Children’s Dentistry – Mark Nelson

My kids love the go to the dentist – thanks to Mark Nelson and his friendly staff. Health teeth are so important to overall health. Check out what I had to say.
Coach Lora Erickson
www.BlondeRunner.com

They have also been a great support to my Race For Grief event! They are some wonderful people!

Marathon Training Program

Are you signed up for a marathon (St. George, Layton, Chosen, Huntsville etc…) and want some help with your training?  I have a Marathon Training Program starting soon.  Message me at lora@blonderunner.com if you’d like to learn more.

Coach Lora Erickson

USATF certified running coach

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Fitness and Happiness

Are fitness & happiness correlated? I think so. Here’s what I had to say on my Facebook athlete page.
Coach Lora Erickson
www.BlondeRunner.com

Race shirts no more?

June 25, 2014 by  
Filed under News, Product Reviews, Races

Please share your opinion.
Coach Lora Erickson

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