currently // spring 2017


It’s been awhile since I’ve written about what’s been up lately. Heck, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged in general! As much as I love this space and all that it’s brought me, I just haven’t been inspired or motivated to write. I’ve instead been putting my time elsewhere – like living life away from my laptop. 

Anyway, here’s what’s been up… 


Life with Luma. Luma’s only eight months old, but it feels like she’s always been a part of our lives. We wouldn’t have it any other way (and I’m already trying to talk Nick into another vizsla!). She’s mischevious, wiggly, weird and always happy. And, she loves to steal sweaty workout clothes, kitchen hand towels, socks and pretty much everything and hide it all in her cozy cave. Life’s better with a dog, folks. 


When I can. I’ve been trying to make space for at least 15 minutes of reading before bed every night. It doesn’t always happen – because binge-watching Homeland and now season five of House of Cards. A few good reads: When Breath Becomes Air (perhaps my favorite book ever), Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect ScienceBeing Mortal, You Learn by Living, and Rise of the Rocket Girls

And a few great articles:

  • Brad Pitt’s interview in GQ. Aside from the fact that he’s handsome as ever at 53, he’s full of wise little nuggets + reflection in this article. 
  • You need a Schultz Hour. That is, one hour of quiet solitude a week to reflect. I think that’s why I love training so much – it’s my Schultz Hour(s). It’s my time to disconnect from a screen and instead think and focus. I challenge you to put down your iPhone this week, and sit in the quiet. You may be surprised at what you hear. 
  • How to live a meaningful life. I think about time a lot – the time on my Garmin, the time it takes to drive somewhere, the time I spend staring at a computer screen. And also if I’m using my time wisely to live a meaningful life (I don’t feel like I am… more on this soon). This article asks you to reflect on how you spend your time – and if you’re willing to set aside instant gratification and put in the hard work necessary to change. I particularly loved this paragraph: 

Replace seeing friends for texting them, cards for video games, a book for a movie, a stroll for a trip to the gym and that is how most of us spend our evenings. Worn out by work, we flirt between whichever diversion seems interesting, dumping it when it begins to require focus. Then, suddenly it is time to sleep. Another day is over. But tomorrow will be different, right? Not without a concentrated effort, it won’t. 


Spring green. We endure embrace the dark winter months so we can bask in Minnesota’s amazing summers. The green’s exploded here – and it’s glorious. 

So green at our recent Coeur Sports women’s trail run at Lebanon Hills Jensen Hills Trailhead (if you live in MSP, running here is a must! What a gem in the middle of our city).

Summer at Lake Nokomis.


My food. April was a tough month. I felt like crap for much of it – so much so that I skipped one of my long runs because I just didn’t have the energy to do it (which isn’t like me). So at my coach’s recommendation, I started tracking my food in MyFitnessPal to see where my protein, fat and calories were. Far from ideal, so I’ve increased them considerably – and am starting to feel so much better. It’s been a challenge to get enough protein – and kind of a pain in the ass to track everything – but it’s been worth it. Now I just need to remember to hydrate a bit better, and tea doesn’t count. 

Training for

IRONMAN Canada. I’m thrilled to go back to the magical place where my ironman journey started in 2013! T-minus 42 days…! 

IRONMAN Canada swim start in 2013.

Training is going well, too – I’m finally finding my groove after a long dark winter and rainy spring. And after dealing with some inflammation and fatigue recently, my legs are coming around, too (along with ombré tan lines). Bring on the last big build! 

First open water swim of 2017… a balmy 59F!

Long Wisco rides with this guy ♥

Long runs on my favorite MPLSTP route: river road along the Mississippi.

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  • Reply Danielle @ Eat Primal, Run Hard 06/18/2017 at 9:50 am

    Thanks for all the book suggestions! I will check them out for summer holiday reading. I feel you about blogging and just wanting to live rather than feeling the need to chronicle everything – that’s why I’m on an indefinite break. Good luck with all your training! Looking forward to seeing the result!

    And you’re right: the only water to hydrate with is water 😂

  • Reply Leana 06/18/2017 at 10:02 am

    That is exciting that you are racing IMC. Hopefully I’ll see you there as I’m racing the 70.3!
    Best of luck with the last few weeks of build!

  • Reply Jen 06/18/2017 at 12:00 pm

    Nice to see you back! I’ve had a long, tumultuous relationship with My Fitness Pal, lol. It can be a useful tool! See you in Whistler!

  • Reply Leslie @ TriathleteTreats 06/18/2017 at 4:51 pm

    Wow!! Back to Canada huh?!! I’ve heard there are rumors this is the last year for that one too. They may be taking it back to Penticton (my vote) or Victoria. It will be interested to see what happens or if the rumors are true!!
    Sounds like training and life is good!! Have an awesome summer Erin!! I think its here. It is a bit questionable in Portland but may be better in MSP except for the heat wave you just had!!! ;)

  • Reply Kristina 06/19/2017 at 7:41 am

    Glad that life has, maybe, evened out a bit in terms of training – can’t wait to hear about your IM Canada journey!
    Luna is adorable, and I can’t agree with you more – life is better with a dog!

  • Reply Jennifer Schaffner 06/19/2017 at 11:20 am

    Good read, Erin! I am always struggling to make my time purposeful and live my best life, too. Love all go your doggie pics!

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