Yay! Women of Steel has moved back to American Fork!

February 2, 2017 by  
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logo-woman-of-steel-triThere is just something about women-only events that is great! Maybe is the “girl-power” or the great  boyfriends, brother’s, grandpa’s and Dad’s that get out and cheer for the women in their life.  The Women of Steel Triathlon was one of the first triathlons I did so it hold a special place in my heart.  I remember racking my bike on the metal racks and waiting in line for my turn to jump in the water.  I was nervous and excited all at the same time!  It was good competition and those ladies inspired me to do better and push harder.  Last year they moved it to a new venue but I am so glad it has been moved back to AF where I remember it being.  Join in the fun and save 10% using the code BLONDERUNNER10

Bonus!  Julie Moss is coming!

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2016 Blonde Runner Race Season Review

November 16, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Product Reviews, Races

coach lora 2nd place soldier marathonThis has been a busy year with races and travel starting with the 1st place division win at the March Madness Half Marathon followed by a memorable Oceanside 70.3 Ironman event in April (Read the Oceanside Race Report). That was a tough race beginning with a difficult choppy ocean swim leading to salt-water consumption that affected my race causing GI issues during the ride and ultimately lead to a slow run with more bathroom breaks than I care to admit. Needless to say it was a huge disappointment as I had trained hard for this event and was prepared to have a strong performance.  It is hard to start out the triathlon season with a bad race but I was determined to prove to myself how strong my running was so in May I took on the Ogden Half Marathon completing it in a time of 1:34 taking the 1st Overall Masters spot in a major downpour and chilly conditions.  While that eased the blow of the Oceanside bomb it was still a difficult race to “get over.”  I resolved to learn from it and tackle my swim aversion, cycling fears and cope better with past injury; unexpectedly winning a trip to Hawaii to train with Dave Scott and compete in the Honu 70.3 Ironman event really helped.  It made me face an open water salty ocean swim head-on again.  I ended up having a strong swim in Hawaii (the clear warm ocean water was awesome!) and subsequently I placed 9th in my division with a strong bike and run. I was pleased with the performance and will always cherish the memories I made there with Dave Scott and the BioAstin community.  What an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience!  I moved forward with my plans on doing the Boulder 70.3 Ironman the following weekend since I had already signed-up.  I knew it was going to be tough with extra travel and jetlag.  My body would be tired from racing a 70.3 only 7 days before. The back-to-back 70.3 was tougher than I expected leading to severe leg and feet cramping starting on the ride and worsening on the run so it was a victory just to finish.  I was still glad I did it and have a lot more sympathy for those that deal with cramping regularly.  That has never happened to me before. After this event I started building my miles for the Vineman Ironman in July. This was my main focus for the year.  As always Ironman training is time consuming and you put a lot into one race so it was upsetting to be struck by another cyclist during a training century ride just three-weeks before the event in a freak accident.  Up to that point my injured knee was able to handle 18 miles without much pain which was great progress.  Last year while training for the Maryland Ironman I was experiencing pain at mile 11, so I was running stronger this year.  I was also riding and swimming strong in training so the hit to the knee left me not knowing how my knee would hold up in the race.  Unfortunately the hilly cycling course proved too much for my knee and my ride and run was severely compromised foiling my attempts of qualifying for Kona but I didn’t let that bring me down.  It was on my 44th birthday and I was please to finish my 2nd Ironman despite a slow performance.  After some time off I was determined to get my knee stronger to tolerate more miles so I built my volume slowly and finished out the season with a 2nd place division win at the Soldier Marathon in November in Georgia to honor my Samantha and other loved ones (RaceForGrief.com).  I am happy to report my knee held up really well and only started to bother me at mile 22, so that was more progress!  I was also pleased to be able to mark-off three states towards my 50-states goal this year:  Alabama, Georgia & Hawaii.  Learn more: A Journey To Race in All 50-states

I am pleased to report that I will be recognized as an Ironman All-World Silver athlete (top 5% in my division in the world) during the 2016 season.

Over all it was a busy season with lots of training, travel and learning opportunities, in total I completed; two 100-mile century rides, two ½ marathons, three 70.3 Half Ironman events, one Ironman & one marathon this year. It was a full race schedule!  As always I appreciate the opportunity to compete and do what I love.  Thank you to my family, friends and sponsor support.  I couldn’t do it without you!  I am looking forward to a successful 2017 season.

Happy Training,

Coach Lora Erickson

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Triathlon Coaching Available

triathlon-training-2017Learn proper swim technique, developed cycling skills and run faster and more efficient. All aspects of triathlon training are covered including nutrition instruction. Beginners welcome. On-line and in-person triathlon coaching is available. 

Coach Lora Erickson 

aka Blonde Runner 

theblonderunner@gmail.com 

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Recent Testimonial: 

“I have enjoyed working with you on my triathlon goals and races. I am highly satisfied with your coaching, I appreciate your efforts in my training and I want to continue to succeed with your help. Last year, you helped me break ALL of my PRs in running and this year (so far) you have helped me SET 3 new PRs (Full Marathon, Half Century and Duathlon)” – Angela M.

About the Coach:

Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner is a nationally ranked triathlete competing in all distancing of triathlon including Ironman.  She is a USA Triathlon All-American.  She is well-educated and holds many certifications including:  NASM – Corrective Exercise Specialist, B.Sc. Degree from Utah State University in Health Education with duel minors in Nutrition and Chemistry, USATF certified coach, USA Triathlon Certified coach, US Masters Swim Level 1 & 2 Coach, & Slowtwitch Cycling Triathlon Coach.  She welcomes beginners and loves to help people meet their health & fitness goals. Learn more

Triathlon Racing Clinic with Blonde Runner – Riverton, Utah

August 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Health Classes, Races

 

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Clinic Fee: $10 for those registered for the Triathamom race, $15 for non-racers (men welcome to attend)

Location: South of the South County Pool in Riverton

Message theblonderunner@gmail.com to get registered

Come learn how to do triathlon transition properly, get tips and ask questions about racing from an experienced USA Triathlon All-American nationally ranked triathlete and certified coach. We will review proper transition basics, cycling tips, distance running, and racing tips will be shared. Race nutrition will also be touched on. Come join in the fun at this enthusiastic presentation!

Coach Lora Erickson is a passionate athlete with over 24 years of coaching experience. As a Mother of 4 she understands how to fit training into a busy family life. She offers on-line and in-person coaching.

Learn more Triathamom

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Q & A: TriChat – first triathlon, wetsuits, openwater swimming, cycling classes

Original Periscope Broadcast Sept. 3, 2015
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Ironman Maryland Race Report

October 17, 2015

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What an amazing journey! After training all year to participate in the Ironman event in Maryland, I was devastated to find out that it was being cancelled due to Hurricane Joaquin. But I was absolutely thrilled when they rescheduled for two weeks later (unheard of and never done before by WTC – we were making history here!). It was still possible for me to attend so I made all travel arrangements to go. I was super excited to have the opportunity to meet my goals.

On race morning, the weather was cold (46 degrees and windy! With the wind-chill factor it felt like 36°). Because of the high winds they decided to postpone the swim another 30 minutes and shorten it to 1.2 miles (half the normal distance) to allow the wind to die down. The new start time was scheduled for 7:30 A.M. The news was a bit of a downer as we had already been nervously anticipating the start with our goggles and caps in hand in the frigid temperatures seeking shelter behind the gear bag trucks etc…this would mean we would have to wait another half hour! There was a lot of nervous energy in the crowd but overall we supported the decision as safety is top priority. After a while the wind died down so they decided to increase the swim to make it 3000 meters and change to a double loop triangle instead of a rectangle route. Not too much later a young voice sang the national anthem and the horn sounded to start the first swimmers. We were all excited to start our journey. Even with the rolling start the swim was crowded and stayed crowded the entire swim which made me nervous as I’ve been hit hard on the swim before so I slowed and just tried to avoid people. It was still really choppy with big waves and I swallowed a lot of salt water. Overall the swim was really slow for me but I was happy to exit the water safe and be on solid ground again.

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The air temperature was noticeably colder than the water and I know the wind would make it even colder so I decided to take the extra time to put my knee warmers, arm warmers, beanie and gloves on in transition. I am glad I did! It was cold and very windy on the ride.

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I wrecked early on at one of the aid stations as I tried to open a water bottle with my teeth. It still had the seal on it when they handed it to me. Normally they have them open for us but this one wasn’t. As I was filling my Speedfill bottle with one hand and the other on the breaks, another rider slowed in front of me causing me to break one handed and I lost control and t-boned a tire on a bicycle that was attached to the back of a parked vehicle; clearly a fellow triathlete volunteer’s (sorry about that!) It saved my bacon. I had to put my chain on and adjust my gears, and it shock me up a bit. My gloves and arm warmers kept me from losing too much skin. My hand and arm was a bit swollen and hurt some, but other wise not too bad.  It could have been much worse! I hopped on my bike and went on my way hoping I didn’t screw anything up too bad.

Everything seemed okay so I tried to shake it off and get back in a good groove. I seem to pass a lot of people on the bike and tried to push myself even though it was very windy. It seems that I made up some ground from my poor swim; the problem was I was feeling the effects of swallowing too much salt water so I had a hard time stomaching all my planned nutrition and was coping with waves of nausea. About mile 40 the wind really started to pick up and it didn’t seem to let up no mater the direct we turned. It was relentless! It kept on blowing and blowing. The last 20 miles or so were brutal gusty winds and cold! I am fairly light weight so it was really blowing me around and made me nervous so I slowed. Periodically there was some traffic which still makes me really nervous as I am still getting over riding anxieties from being hit by the truck. I figure it was better for me to be safe and not have another wipe out. So much for making up a lot of time. I was happy to get off the bike with no flat tire issues as I saw many on the road fixing flats. I am so glad I wasn’t one of them. I am not sure my hands would have worked to do it in the cold! As I entered transition I knew it would take me a while to get through it. Normally they have volunteers you hand your bike to and they rack it for you but because of the reschedule they were low on volunteers so we had to rack our bikes ourselves which takes more time adding to an already long day. My bike was situated so I had to run the whole length of transition twice with my bike but I trucked through as I was excited to get to the run (my favorite!).

The run started off into a significant headwind but overall I felt pretty good and my legs were responding well. I was happy to be running. I tried to keep a steady effort despite the windy and cold conditions. I was happy to have my arm warmers on and wore my hat backwards to keep some heat in and offer some sun protection without losing it in the wind. I have light blonde hair so my head and skin burns easily (the don’t call me “blonde runner” for nothing – lol). I am happy to report I did not have any sunburn. Yea for sunscreen and protective clothes!

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The first 10 or 11 miles of the run I felt pretty good overall but could start feeling my left knee, the one I had surgery on from the accident. I was hoping to make it to the half marathon before it bothered me as I have been having problems with it and my left hip in training. I knew this was a possibility and mentally plan to just maintain good form and keep moving forward. My pace did slow but I was able to meet my goal running my first half marathon in close to two hours.

I slowed quite a bit on the second half of the marathon due to knee pain. The wind and cold contributed but I think my lack of nutrition on the bike was starting to catch up with me and that salt water intake on the swim ultimately cost me some run time.  Despite everything I kept moving forward and tried to soak in the experience. I was doing a Ironman in Maryland! I was so glad they didn’t cancel again even with the severe wind and cold! I knew I would complete my goal today. I was going to be an Ironman! My spirits were up.

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The last half hour of the run it was starting to get dark so it was a bit hard to see and part of the route was in town which was really cool with lots of spectators cheering but the brick road was uneven so I tried to be careful with my footing and had to slow. I certainly didn’t want to trip and if you’ve ever seen me run you know I don’t run with a lot of spare clearance over the ground. I tried to pick up those tired legs more. I was happy to make that final turn and be running towards the finish. What an amazing feeling to run down that finish chute and accomplish a goal that I set out to do so many years ago! I was thrilled to hear Mike Reilly announce my name over the loud speaker! I was a freaking Ironman! I did it!  My time was 11:40:27, 13 place in my division and 65 OA female, 374 OV finisher.  Not too shabby for a first and not being 100% going into it.  I know a lot of people were pulled off course due to hypothermia etc, but I am glad I made it through.

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I really appreciate all my family, friends and sponsors support. You make this all possible for me, I can’t thank you enough! I also wanted to give a special shout out to the volunteers and my husband that came to support me and weathered those tough conditions with us! Thank you!

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If you are curious if I would like to do another one, the answer would be YES!  Immediately after finishing I wanted to do another one; just ask my hubby, he was there! (Thanks for all the pictures babe)! I guess you can say I am hooked!

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Race Report: Original Periscope Broadcast (Oct. 23, 2015)

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 – click to read more

“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.

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Labor Day Triathlon: Beginner Triathlon Clinic and Sprint Route Bike Preview

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Coach Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner will be offering a Beginner Race Clinic & Sprint Bike Preview scheduled for Saturday August 29, 2015 @ 8am meeting at south-east pavilion at the back of the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful (bring your bike and helmet). The clinic is free for registered racers. If you are not registered for the race you can still attend but you will need to register for $10 online or at the facility (front desk). Registration can be done via email (cindy@southdavisrecreation.com) as long as they are registered.  

Race Event Date: September 7, 2015 – 8 a.m.

Use the discount code BLONDERUNNER and get $5.00 off their entry (any distance)!

 Get registered for the race! Click here

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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

How to get your wetsuit off – video demo

Watch Coach Lora demonstrate how to get a wetsuit off.
Need help in the water? 
Openwater and pool swimming lessons are available.  Contact Coach Lora Erickson at theblonderunner@gmail.com to check availability and pricing.

Underwater video analysis also available – Learn more

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