Sports Triathlon Mat

tmatproTriathlon Gear Tip:

When I am setting up my transition area for races I like to use this cool TMatPro.  They are bright colored which makes your area easier to find and aren’t that expensive.  They have many other colors.  They also don’t move on you when you wipe your feet.

Check them out – TMatPro.com

Happy Racing,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

 

Running Shoe Review: I may have a problem!

all shoesI am no ordinary women, but I may have a common problem most women do. I love shoes! But I am not talking about high heels here, I love running shoes! Recently I have been trying to find the best shoe for me and I have discovered there isn’t just one shoe that is right. I often choose the shoe I will be using based on the workout and terrain I will be running on. Now, this simple review is certainly not comprehensive and there are many more shoes out there but here on some highlights on shoes I have tried lately. These are all available at Wasatch Running Center locally (they have a store in Centerville and Sandy, Utah). Great stores! I highly recommend them.

adidas Supernova Glide 6Adidas Supernova Glide 6

When I ran in college I would often be found running in Adidas and the reason why is they are durable. They seem to last forever! So on a limited college budget I wanted to purchase something that lasted and these do.

Fit: These shoes run a little big. I am normally a 7.5 but took at 7 in these.

Feel: These shoes are a little stiffer and take a bit more time to break in but they do last.

Ride: With the 8mm drop they ease the calf strain and provide a little easier lean. These are good road shoes.

Durability: Very durable! You could easily get the recommended 300-500 miles out of these shoes.

pink shoes brooks ghostsBrooks Ghosts

Outstanding color! What can I stay?! These shoes are colorful and cheerful, I love that!  I also love how comfortable they are.

Fit: They are true to size.

Feel: These shoes were comfortable from the start.

Ride: With the 4mm drop they offer a slight tilt and ease the calf strain a bit. I particularly like these for hill repeats on the road.

Durability: Durable

saucony Ride 8Saucony Ride 8

Another great shoe with great colors.

Fit: They are true to size.

Feel: These shoes were comfortable from the start.

Ride: With the 8mm drop they ease the calf strain and provide a little easier lean. These are good road shoes and I often use these on rolling terrain especially when my calves are tight.

Durability: Good durability

saucony Kinvara 5Saucony Kinvara 5

Another great shoe with great colors with the orange, purple and blue.

(note: the shoes come with regular laces, I added elastic laces for racing)

Fit: They are true to size.

Feel: These shoes were comfortable from the start and feel super light and airy.

Ride: With the 4mm drop they offer a slight tilt and ease the calf strain a bit. I particularly like these for quick short hill repeats on the road. These would also be great racing shoes for shorter races ie. 5K, 10K, ½ Marathon, Sprint/Oly Distance Triathlons).  These shoes are very flexible.

Durability: Fairly Durable, but usually lighter weight materials don’t last as long.

lone peak on my foot - better picAltra Lonepeak 2.0 Trail Shoes

I am loving the earthy colors on these shoes, very fitting for a trail shoe.

Fit: They are true to size.

Feel: These shoes were comfortable from the start and offer a wider toe box which I love.

Ride: With the zero drop encourages mid-foot strike and proper form. I particularly like these for trails and even hiking with my family. I feel like they have good motion (torsion) control too.

Durability: Durable

altra trail shoes

Not sure what shoes is right for you? Leave it to the experts! Visit Wasatch Running Center and let them help you out. They have stores in Centerville and Sandy.

  • Marketplace Drive, Centerville, Utah – 801-296-8786
  • 8946 S. State St, Sandy, Utah – 801-566-8786

They also sell a lot of other great products like nutrition, hydration bottles, enso roller, clothes etc… Better start gearing up for cold weather running!

Swimming Underwater Video Analysis

underwater-swim-analysis-400x400The next Underwater Video Analysis will be offered Sept. 23 in the late evening. Message Coach Lora Erickson directly at theblonderunner@gmail.com to learn how to reserve your spot. Limited space.

What are people saying about Coach Lora’s Swim Coaching

“Lora, thanks so much for the expert tips and advice with my swimming stroke analysis! This was exactly what I needed. Now to really incorporating all the great suggestions.  You are awesome. I have nothing but great things to say about this analysis and your expertise!”  ~ Jessica P.,R.D.

Running Form Class – Sept. 23

Coach Lora Erickson CS Warmup Run 8.17.2012The next Running Form Class will be held on Wednesday Sept. 23 from 6-7 p.m. in the Bountiful area.  This is a one-time lecture style class designed to review common running form mistakes and give you direct feedback on your form.  We will go over injury prevention and review drills to make you faster and more efficient.  Please dress to run – we will only be running a little bit to learn the drills and give you form feedback so it’s not rigorous.  Beginners welcome.  Message theblonderunner@gmail.com if you’d like to learn how to reserve a spot.  $25.

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

About the Coach:

Coach Lora Erickson has been running for over 30 years.  She is a USATF certified running coach and USA Triathlon coach.  She has been coaching for over 18 years and love to help people get faster.  She ran on athletic scholarship in college for distance running.  Learn more.

Ironman Maryland

August 26, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Prevention & Safety, Races, Weight Loss

Ironman Maryland!
Here’s my periscope broadcast announcing the IM Maryland for those that might be interested in my thoughts on it. (If you are new to periscope – comments/questions can pop up on the screen while you broadcast, but they are not visible in this YouTube replay. People also can give you hearts if they like what you are saying – also not visible on the replay.)

I am excited to announce I will be participating in my first Ironman 140.6 event in Maryland on Saturday October 3. Track me live on ironman.com. This is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride followed by a 26.2 mile marathon. I have been training well and am excited to compete. The race is just over five weeks away! It will be just about one-year after I was hit by the truck on my bicycle. It has been a challenging year but I am so grateful to the friends, family and sponsors support I have received. You are ALL amazing! Your support means the world to me. Miracles do happen #IMMD #Ironman #triathlon #swimbikerun #itsgettingreal #140.6 @ironman #blonderunner #athlete #bestself #iamstrong #support #cheer #miracles #believe #journey #dowhatyoulove ❤️ Thank you sponsors! @intermountain @wasatchrunning @champsys #beyourownbrand #champsys @wasatchrunning @bountifulbicycle @xterrawetsuits #beboldhavefun @drinkcocogo @_malibu_c #eleteaddin #athlete #running #triathlon @fuel_100 @electrobites #yournextmileisonus

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Take Your Training To The Next Level

Blonde Runner sky pictureSo you have dabbled in triathlon long enough to decide you really like it and you’re ready to take your training to the next level; How do you do it?  Here are some suggestions, in no particular order:
Upgrade Your Equipment
– Add aero bars to your road bike, this will improve your aerodynamics and help you utilize larger muscle groups on the bike to help keep you fresher for the run.
– Upgrade to a carbon fiber frame. These frames are lighter and make for a more comfortable “less-bumpy” ride.
– Invest in a more aerodynamic race helmet.
– Get a set of race wheels, they are lighter and more aerodynamic, not to mention offer a smoother ride.
– Upgrade to a TT or time-trial bike.  Keep in mind that in triathlon, aerodynamics usually trumps weight.
– Purchase and learn how to use a GPS watch with a heart rate monitor. Feedback while exercising can often change your effort levels and help you get the most from your training.
– Invest in a power meter and train with power. For me this has been very beneficial to see numbers as I am going and change my effort based on what I am seeing.
– Get a proper bike fit. A more comfortable and efficient position will help you maximize your effort and improve performance as well as prevent injury.

Commit To Healthy Living
– Eat better. Adapt new eating habits and keep a food log for more accountability. MyFitnessPal is a great portable app.
– Lean-up. One thing that will make you faster is leaning up your body up. Obviously if you are lighter it’s easier to “carry” your body from the start to the finish over many miles.
Up Your Level of Commitment
– Spend more time training.
– Set harder goals. Goals should encourage you to reach outside of your comfort zone to become a better athlete and person.
– Discipline yourself to prioritize training and don’t skip workouts.
– Push yourself harder during hard workouts.
– Enlist support from others. This can be as simple as sharing your goals and asking for support.

Hire A Coach
– Having a coach creates more accountability and support.
– Knowledge is power; “You don’t know what you don’t know.”  A coach can educate you.
– Coaches often have more insight and experience to share.
– A coach can help you stay motivated.  They often have a deep passion and are enthusiastic about the sport.
– Coaches offer an outside perspective that can be help you make better training decisions.
– Let me know if you need help. I am a coach with a passion for this sport. I would love to help you reach your health goals.

More about the Coach: Coach Lora Erickson is a USA triathlon & USAT&F certified run coach. She has been coaching for over 18 years and works with all level of athletes. She is also a seasoned athlete with over 30 years of experience. To learn more visit BlondeRunner.com  Learn More

In The News: Nationally Recognized Coach Helping Athletes Reach Goals

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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

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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

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