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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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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/

 

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.

Finish pictures arm up Lora Erickson IMMD

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!

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)

High Quality Blonde Runner Gear from Champion Systems

June 10, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Prevention & Safety, Races, Weight Loss

BR gear announcement IG picture 6.10.2015Wahoo!  I am beyond excited right now. I got a special package in the mail today. My sponsors came through!  After all these years of promoting and loving triathlon/running I finally got my very own Blonde Runner gear for racing! I am so grateful for my sponsors. Without them I wouldn’t be able to do what I love. Thank you so much!  Look for me sporting these awesome duds at the races @champsys @intermountain @bountifulbicycle @wasatchrunning @drinkcocogo @_malibu_c  @xterrawetsuits #eleteelectrolytes #blonderunner #athlete #triathlon #swimbikerun #running #sponsors #highquality #gear #beyourownbrand #champsys

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