Champion System Love

October 19, 2016 by  
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CS custom one pcI was so thrilled to have Champion Systems make this new one-piece kit for me this year.  I have a tri top and bottom, jacket, arm warmer etc…You name it, they’ve made it for me. I just love the quality of Champion Systems products and I especially love that it’s custom designed with my logo and sponsors.  I have also had them make my TBR triathlon team kits!  I am excited to continue working with then as a sponsored athlete in 2017.  If you are looking for good quality custom designed race or team clothes you should check them out.  They make more than just triathlon & running gear.  Let me know if you need a contact name/info.  Good stuff! Learn more about Champion Systems

Happy Training & Racing,

Coach Lora Erickson

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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

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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

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Blonde Runner on Channel 2 at the Wasatch Chill Zone

March 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Fitness, News

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It was fun to be on the TV this week talking about cryotherapy. Check out this clip. My interview  with Casey starts at 8:44. Pretty “cool” stuff!  Thanks Wasatch Chill Zone & KTVU Channel 2

~ Coach “Blonde Runner” – Lora Erickson

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Race Report: Salem Springs Triathlon

June 1, 2009 by  
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Salem Springs Sprint Triathlon – May 30, 2009

Sprint – 800 m. swim, 13 mile (2 loop), 5K

Results link:

The morning started early with a long drive down to the venue (Salem, near Spanish Fork, Utah). After arriving I drove the recently reversed bike route. I was delighted to see that the route was well marked! After reviewing the route I meet the brother of the owner of the new triathlon store in the southern area. They both were competing and hoping to claim top ten spots. I helped him carry the swim caps to the registration area and wished him well.

While setting up and reviewing the transition area, Jenna and I connected and we were able to get her a great spot on the rack next to me. After fixed her helmet we were able to connect with Steph and Mary (other Team Blonde Runner members). I was thrilled that everyone had made it safe and sound with no major problems. (Like the tire we heard blow while it was being pumped in the transition area – bummer!).

After a brief warm-up we put on our wetsuits and headed for the start. The wait seemed like forever to me as we were wave (7), which was scheduled to start at about 9:30 a.m. Finally we began. The swimmers seemed to disperse quickly and I soon found myself catching up to the slow swimmers from the previous wave. Each wave was 5 minutes apart with the men first. I swam efficient and reserved knowing I had two other events. I stopped a little short on the beach and run through a little deeper water than I should have which slowed me a bit. I was dizzy (this seems to be common for me – ugh!). I managed to keep a slow jog while pulling down my wetsuit to my waist. The first transition was pretty smooth and I was soon on the road feeling that wind hit my wet body. It took some time for me to get into the groove and “get-it-going” attitude. I was able to pace off of some of the men around me. After coming around for the first lap, many of them dropped away and I seem to have to push it a lot better the second lap; but found myself holding back at the end thinking of the run. When I went into transition, I found someone’s bike in my spot so racked mine next to it and thought, no I don’t want to do that to someone else so I took it off and squeezed mine between the two. Ouch, that cost me precious time! Darn! I slipped my shoes on fast and easy and grabbed my hat and belt to head for the run. I couldn’t believe how quickly we came to the 1 mile mark. For the rest of the run, I pretended I was on a run solo so I didn’t catch a slow pace from the runners I was passing. It was a beautiful day for a run. I did take a gulp of water at the first water station to wet my whistle, then managed to push the pace a little harder. My legs felt heavy, but I managed to push steadily passing people to the finish. Overall, I still have a lot of room for improvement which is exciting.

I was surprised to see my name in the second place spot in my age division and I was 14 overall. It was a thrill to be at the race with other group members finished their first open water triathlon! Mary did well despite some trouble in transition. Jenna had accomplished all the goals she had set for herself and Stephanie had completed her first open water swim event! Awesome! They even stuck around to watch me get my award. (Thanks!) I couldn’t help to think of the other group members that were competing in a different race in Bountiful and wondering how they did. I have since learned that they all did well and had fun – which is what it is all about. Go Team Blonde Runner! Each event is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Triathlons are a blast!

Race Report – Women of Steel Triathlon

May 27, 2009 by  
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Women of Steel Triathlon – sprint
May 16, 2009
American Fork
Results link:
What a thrill it is to participate in an all-women event and we could not have asked for more beautiful weather. The thing that is so amazing about this race is the number of new women triathletes. I absolutely love to see people get involved in this sport. Each event is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
This year we had seven team triathletes compete and it was so thrilling to see them each finish a triathlon – several for the first time! Go Team Blonde Runner!

For me the start is always slow and coming, and I was thrilled to jump in the pool and give all of that adrenaline somewhere to go. The water was warm and felt good on my feet as they where chilly from my bare toes in the grass on the way to the pool. It was a strangely smooth swim with no passing (I was not passed and passed nobody – highly unusual). I had some trouble in transition/bike start but soon was working up the hill on the bike. I was able to pass many but had a few pro’s pass me. I attempted to catch the faster pace and held it for as long as I could – which was not nearly long enough. This reminded me how much work I still have to do to get to where I want to be. I must say the first bike loop was a little lonely, so it was nice to come around for the second loop with many more bikers around. The second loop went faster, but still the overall bike was slow for me. In the next transition my hands didn’t seem to want to work well – my shoes didn’t feel really comfortable the entire run. I was able to pass several more runners up the hill but soon found myself running solo with the next runner a half mile or so ahead which made it hard to push the pace resulting in a slow run time. As my mind wondered, I remember thinking how beautiful the weather was and wondering how my teammates where doing. It is always a joy to count down the last few minutes to the finish. I always look forward to the completion of an event with the excitement/music and people at the finish. It is just awesome! We could not have asked for better weather. ( I am pleased to say that I even have a bit of a farmer tan – yes, it’s true I do have a little bit of pigment in this true blonde skin- ha,ha).

Overall, the race was steady but a bit slow for me. I was thrilled to place third in my age division along with bettering my time from last year even with the bike distance increase. I accomplished nearly all the things I set out to do in this race. However, it is so much more rewarding to see team members cross that finish line and become “triathletes.” Many doing better than those that have been racing for years! I am enjoying working with this extraordinary group of strong and wonderful women! Go Team Blonde Runner!

Go Team Blonde Runner – Triathlon Women!