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Triathletes Ultimate Gift Giving Guide


It’s no secret that triathletes need a lot of stuff for training and racing. As a long-time triathlon and running coach and athlete I have developed a list of favorites that are sure to please your triathlete for any special occasion; birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or just because. This list is chalk full of popular gadgets and must-have supplies for the triathlete or runner in your life, or yourself. This list has been conveniently divided into sections to meet anyone’s budget.

Low Cost Ideas (under $35):

Road ID ($20-35)
Safety first! Accidents are never expected…like when I was hit by a truck on my bicycle. It’s at this time I was grateful I have ID on me. Even though I was not knocked unconscious, I could have been. If you care about your loved one, buy them Road ID. This handy identification tag can let emergency personnel know who to contact and can even identify medical conditions like diabetes, asthma or medication allergies when you are not conscious to speak for yourself. This could quite literally save a life! They also have gift certificates. Check it out: Road ID Gift Cards

Basic Running or Cycling Socks ($5-22)
Check out the displays at your local running or cycling stores. You are bound to find a cute design that will bring a smile to any athletes face. Here are some of my  favorite local shops:   Bountiful Bicycle

Wasatch Running Center

RockTape

Most all athletes at one time or another have sustained some body injury.  RockTape has been a lifesaver for me with all my long course training.  I especially love all the cool prints they offer.  Check it out!

Wrist Wraps, Necklaces & Shoe charms ($10-35)
Many shoe charms can be customized with the name of a loved one to honor and wear on running shoes like many have done at the local Race For Grief event on Memorial Day  (virtual entry available). Or choose a favorite power word or saying for a wrist wrap or necklace. Check out these two great shops with lots of items to choose from:
Momentum Jewelry They also have fun themed gift boxes!
Charm Factory

Books ($15-35)
There are so many great books out there, I couldn’t even name them all, but I highly encourage you to asked your loved one and friends what they want. Or you could always buy gift certificates and they can shop for themselves. If you know they like cookbooks you might consider this one: The Feedzone Cookbook

Moderate Budget Ideas ($45 plus):

Wireless or wired Earbuds or Headphones ($20-99)
I hear good things about jaybirds wireless earbuds Jaybird Wireless Earbuds so you could look at them. If you are looking for a less expensive gift YurBuds have worked pretty well for me. Feel free to leave a comment on any you have found that are great.

Race entry ($25-125)
Any triathlete or runner would appreciate a gift race entry. Many races offer the option of getting a gift entry or gift cards. It’s the gift that gives back. Here are some of the local favorites:
Salt Lake Marathon – Use the code slcblonderunner19 to save 20%
Ogden Marathon – Look for the discount code coming out in January.
Get more race discounts


Noxgear Tracer 360 Visibility vest ($45 with code)
This is my very favorite light vest. It feels like you are having a party when you put it on and is especially great in the winter when it’s dark often. Be sure and use the code BLONDERUN to save 35%. They also have tracers for dogs!  Check it out:Tracer 360

Kodiak Cakes

Does your athlete like to bake?  Check out the great line of high protein products from Kodiak Cakes.  I particularly like their chocolate pancakes.

Running Shoes ($85-160)
As a long time runner, I can tell you there is no such thing as too many shoes. Runners need good shoes. Since shoes are highly individual I recommend getting a gift cert from local running store. One of my favorites in my area is Wasatch Running Center If you are not pleased with your current running shoes or aren’t sure what brand to look for I am personally a big fan of HOKA’s. They offer so many great shoes!

Compression Socks ($20-85)
Compression socks can really speed recovery and help prevent swelling. I really love the quality of ProCompression and they always have the cutest styles and prints. I know they have a sale going on most of the time. Check them out

Enso Roller ($52 with discount code)
Self myofascial release (SMR) techniques have been known to speed recovery. This practice increases blood flow, elongates tissue, can breakup adhesions, and release tight muscles for better posture and increase flexibility. This high quality, completely customizable roller really helps relax tired muscles and is the perfect gift. Be sure and use the discount code to save money and get free shipping. Check it out!
Learn more, read my Enso Muscle Roller Product Review.

Hire a Coach ($65 plus)
A coaches expertise is invaluable to elevate training and can be so helpful for all level of athletes. I offer one-time consultation gift certificates for $65; I also offer online training programs from 5K’s and up to Ironman events. Consultation sessions can cover swimming, cycling skills, running form, nutrition and race planning. Please inquire if you would like to learn more by messaging Coach Lora Erickson directly at theblonderunner@gmail.com or visit BlondeRunner.com

Xterra Wetsuits – Lava Pants or Shorts ($99 with code)
These buoyant pants and shorts are great for training indoor in the winter months. Especially for those new to swimming or those who struggle with kicking and their legs sink. This allows you to kick while maintaining streamline position. Use the code CO-BLONDE for 60% off (also works on wetsuits). What do you think? Xterra Wetsuits

Healthy or High Budget Ideas ($150-500 plus):


Hydration Pack ($65-200)
Running vests are particularly helpful for long runs or even hiking. One of my favorite packs is this Nathan VaporAiress Pack  It has pockets on the front with a sipper straw and magnetic button leading to the 2L hydrating sleeve conveniently tucked in special pocket. Others come with removable bottles in the front pockets. I especially love the cross-strap to keep it tight against me when I run so it doesn’t jump around. The side pockets are especially nice to carry a few extra things. This is very utilitarian. They also have many other packs to choose from.

Garmin GPS Watch ($65-$600)

While there is a large range of GPS watches I believe the Garmin brand watch is the best. GPS watches can track distance, speed and other metrics to help you train better. Prices range from $80 to $600 depending on how many bells and whistles you want. As an avid triathlete I highly recommend the Garmin 935xt with heart rate. Here is a great review that details all of the many things this watch can do. https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2017/03/garmin-forerunner-935-depth-review.html This is my go-to watch and always on my wrist showing me detailed metrics from current heart rate, average resting heart rate, power numbers and even tracks my sleep. Garmin also has kids watches that track exercise and allow you to set chore and health reminders. No matter the watch, you can’t go wrong with Garmin! Learn more

Garmin Bicycle Computer ($65 – $600)
For the avid cyclist in your life, I would consider gifting them a Garmin Edge computer. The different models range from $200-600 but they make a great addition to a cyclists quiver. Many are touch screen with turn-by-turn navigation and connects to a host of devices from power meters to smart light networks. This is a must have! Check out this great review from DC Rainmaker on the Garmin Edge Explore

Xterra Paddle Boards ($500 plus)
To aide your swimmers in the water and stay near them in case of an emergency I highly recommend a paddleboard. I particularly love the blow-up ones. They are very portable and easily fit into a car. Use the code CO-BLONDE for discounts. I prefer the stability of the Yoga board. Check it out 

Happy Shopping,
Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

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35% off the Tracer360 Light Vest

February 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Product Reviews

With the recent snow storm in Utah and seeing some cars slide around on the snow this morning while taking my children to school I started thinking about safety.  The Tracer 360 is hands-down my favorite visibility vest.  It lights up and has many different setting to make you visible.  Simply when you are seen you are safe.  This can be used for running and I have even used it while cycling many times.  Use the discount code BLONDERUN to get 35% off.  Be sure and share it with all the people you care about to keep them safe too!  Makes a great gift too!

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

They are having a winter sale …learn more

Blonde Runner Race & Product Discount Codes

July 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Product Reviews, Races

(updated 10.23.2018 – check back often)

Get discounts on a race or great products you love from Blonde Runner! Check back often as discounts are added through the year.  Please feel free to share discount codes with all your friends and family members.  Or check out the race giveaways on the Facebook page: Blonde Runner Health

Need help with training?  Contact Certified Coach Lora Erickson at theblonderunner@gmail.com.  BlondeRunner.com

 RACE DISCOUNTS

Here’s what’s up next!November 22, 2018 – The Thanksgiving Day Races at the South Davis Recreation Center are sure to be a family fun event!  Use the code BLONDERUNNERTHANKS and save $5.  Join the fun at this great local favorite! Check Blonde Runner Health on Facebook for giveaways

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OnHillEvents.com – Use the code “18BLDRUN” to get 15% off events

TriUtah.com – Use the code TBR15 for 15% off

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April 20, 2019 – SaltLakeMarathon.com – Use the code “blonderunnerslc19” for 2019 for 20% off

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May 18, 2019Ogden Marathon – Save $10!  The new code will be available and active on January 1st, 2019.  Please check back!

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May 27, 2019 – RaceForGriefUtah.com 10K, 5K, 2 mile walk & Kids K. Use the code NEWS5 for $5 off  

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Use the code BLONDERUN to save on South Davis Recreation Center races in 2019!  Watch for the Race Series

October 2019 – My Gluten Free World Expo (look for giveaways and discounts closer to the event)

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ONGOING DISCOUNTS

Beetroot Pro – This is the real deal! Use the code RUNNER5 to save $5 and get free shipping. Learn more

Elete Electrolyte – Set up a free account and use the code “blonderunner” to save 15% on your first order. https://www.mineralresourcesint.com/products/

XterraWetsuits.com – use the code CO-BLONDE to get 60% off (no kidding – great deal) wetsuits and Lava Pants (great for training at the pool especially if you struggle with the kick)!

Maybe you like to get out on top of the water.  Check out these great boards!  Just click on the image to see the latest deals!  Or use the code CO-BLONDE!

Click the image above and check out these great boards form Xterra!

Training Peaks is a great and free tool to log your workouts:  Check out Training Peaks

Use these links to help accumulate products for giveaways on Blonde Runner Health:

Swimoutlet.com/blonderunner  – great prices.  Check out their grab-bag suits.

Use this link for great deals (ask me for a free shipping code) RoadID.com

Champion Systems. I love the custom race gear Champions Systems has made me.  Want to have some made for you or your club/team.  Contact me at theblonderunner@gmail.com and I will get you in touch the right people.

Evofitforlife.com – “BlondeRunner17” gets 25% off and free shipping on the enso roller

Noxgear.com/tracer360  – Visibility Vest – Safety First! Use code BLONDERUN for 35% off

Ask me about discounts on Hoka One One shoes!  RockTape is the best!  Read about how I use it! 

Wasatch Running Center and Bountiful Bicycle.  Message me at theblonderunner@gmail.com to learn how you can get discounts.

Kodiak Cakes – ask me about discounts. Click to see Coach Lora’s IG post

 

Blonde Runner Race & Product Discount Code List 2017

April 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Health Classes, News, Product Reviews, Races

(new code added 5.17.2017 – check back often)

Who doesn’t like to get a discount on a race or great products you love?! Check back often as discounts will be added through the year.  Please feel free to share with a friend or family member.

What is better than a discount?  FREE!  Often I have giveaways for free entries on my Blonde Runner Health Facebook page.  Check it out!

If you need help with training for a triathlon or running events don’t hesitate to contact me. I love to coach! I work with people all over the country on-line and/or in person in Northern Utah.  I also offer local classes (Run Form, Swimming, Nutrition etc…).  Come join the fun!

Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

theblonderunner@gmail.com

BlondeRunner.com

 

April 2018 – SaltLakeMarathon.com – Use the code “blonderunnerslc18” for 2018 for 20%

Splashnsprint.comUse the code BLONDESPLASH for $5 off

RaceForGrief.comUse the code RFG5 to save $5 (10K or 5K events)

OgdenMarathon.com – “blonderunner” for $10 off the Ogden Full, Half or Relay or  “blonderunner5” for the 5K 

June 24, 2017 – Daybreak Triathlon – use the code “blonde” for $10 off.  Get Registered

Women of Steel Triathlon – BLONDERUNNER10 for 10% off

June 10, 2017 – Utah Health Food Expo.  Come to my presentation at 1 p.m. on Nutrition for Athletes. Use the discount code “blonde” for 50% off  –  Get tickets

UtahValleyMarathon.com – BR15 for 15% off 

JulyCache Gran Fondo Cycling Event in Logan Utah – Use the code TeamBlonde2017 ($25 discount – jersey at cost of $35) Get Registered

July 14, 2017Wildflower Trailfest – Use the code BLONDERUNNER to save $

July 15, 2017 – Topaz Tri – Delta, Utah – Use the code blonder to save $10

August 12, 2017Wildflower Pedalfest – Use the code BLONDERUNNER to save $

GoTriathamom.com – Use the code “blonde” to save $10 on this Women’s Only Sept Event.

OnHillEvents.com – Use the code “BLDRUN15” to get 15% off events

RaceTri.com events – BlondeRaceTri2017 – 15% off

Xterrawetsuits.com – use the code CO-BLONDE to get 60% off wetsuits and Lava Pants

Use these links to help accumulate product giveaways on Blonde Runner Health:

Swimoutlet.com/blonderunner  – great prices.  Check out their grab-bag suits.

TriSports.com

RoadID.com

Champion Systems. I love the custom race gear Champions Systems has made me.  Want to have some made for you or your club/team.  Contact me at theblonderunner@gmail.com and I will get you in touch the right people.

Evofitforlife.com – “blonderunner17” gets 25% off and free shipping on the enso roller

Wasatch Running Center and Bountiful Bicycle.  Message me at theblonderunner@gmail.com to learn how you can get discounts.

Cocogo.com/ – Use the code BLONDERUNNER code for discounts (grape is my favorite)

Noxgear.com/tracer360  – Visibility Vest – Safety First! Use code BLONDERUN for 20% off

Elete Electrolyte – Set up a free account and use the code “blonderunner” to save 15% on your first order. https://www.mineralresourcesint.com/products/

 

Blonde Runner on Air Quality KSL 5 TV Interview Segment

Air quality is something to consider when running outside.  Here’s a video clip of the interview on KSL 5 TV if you missed it.  Go Team Blonde Runner!

Happy & Healthy Running,

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Pro’s & Con’s of Treadmill Running
Tracer 360 Visibility Vest:  Use the code BLONDERUN – save 20%
Check Air Quality

Just in case you missed the news segment on air quality this morning, you can view it here. We were interviewed four times through out the morning. Go Team Blonde Runner! #KSL5TV BlondeRunner.com

Posted by Lora Heyl Erickson on Monday, February 15, 2016

Be Safe Out There – Discount Code

February 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Prevention & Safety, Weight Loss

I just love this vest.  It makes exercise feel like a party and keeps you safer because you are more visible.  If you or your kids exercise outside I highly suggest getting one.  Use the code BLONDERUN and save 20%!

Coach Lora Erickson

BlondeRunner.com

Order a TRACER360 – Noxgear

National Runners Safety Month: Tracer 360 Giveaway

blonde runner 360 giveawaypix 11.20.2014In honor of National Runners Safety month (November) I will be giving away one of my favorite running vests. I am a big advocate for runner safety especially at this time of year when there are limited daylight hours and I often see people outside exercising in the dark. It’s so important to be seen! This Tracer 360 vest is the best!  It makes you visible from all angles (thus “360”). It also doesn’t rely on reflection only so cars can see you from a distance. I use this while cycling and running in low light conditions. I like to use the flashing light feature as we are competing with drivers attention now with cell phone/text use. This is so worth your safety and peace-of-mind. Please share this information with a friend you care about!

~ Coach “Blonde Runner” – Lora Erickson

Visit Blonde Runner Health on Facebook and learn how you can win one

If you don’t win you can still use the code BLONDERUN to save 15% (they are so popular they are on backorder right now).  Order One

 

 

Product Review: Noxgear Illuminated Vest – Tracer360

February 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Fitness, News, Prevention & Safety, Product Reviews, Weight Loss

Coach Lora Blonde Runner TRACER 360crop This is by far is the coolest lighted vest for outdoor exercise I’ve used.  It is super light-weight and fully adjustable to large or small sizes (I like my snug so it doesn’t bounce around).  There are lots of different colors and strobe settings and are easily changed with a push of a button.  Other vests make annoying swooshing sounds when your arms go back and forth, but this vest doesn’t do that.  This vest doesn’t flap around, shift or hold your heat it.  There is nothing to cause chaffing.  It’s super high quality and can fold up small.  The strap that goes around you is reflective so it does exactly what the vest was designed to do; and that is to make you visible.  This vest is pretty much flawless and perfect for outdoor exercise.  I would even go as far as to say it makes exercise a party. I could see people sporting these at a fun theme or a Halloween party or one of the awesome local night runs.  Check this one out

Utah Midnight Runs

This is now my go to vest for my early morning runs, twilight night runs or my bike rides when the daylight is low or low visibility rides.  It is so versatile and makes you visible from all angles, thus the name TRACER-360!  I highly recommend this vest!  Now my kids all want one.

scott lora big smiles night run

Use the code “BLONDERUN” and save 35%.

If you hurry they have the vest on for free shipping right now.

Order one for yourself or a friend/family member

Click here:  TRACER360

 

Happy & Safe Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

www.BlondeRunner.com

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