Bike rides make every day better. Kindness can change the world.

I vividly remember running the mile in elementary school for the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, and in seventh grade, I joined a few of my high school running role models on the 4×800 relay. My love of running continued on and off until I ran my first half marathon, and from then on, I was hooked. An injury brought me to a bike shop, where I bought my first road bike and learned to bike with the boys… I fell head over heels with two wheels, the hum of the peloton, the whir of wheels mere inches away.

Fast forward a few years to a chance meeting at a stoplight – while biking – that brought two incredible things into my life: my main squeeze, Nick, and triathlon. He was in the middle of training for his first 140.6, something I only dreamed of doing. But, thanks to a little nudge and belief in me that I could do it – and finally getting over my genetically imperfect half eyebrows – I signed up for my first tri… and, less than a year later, my first 140.6.

I love being on the edge, pushing the boundaries, challenging my comfort zone – because the best things in life happen outside of it. And, a positive attitude? It’s the only kind to have.

When I’m not triathlon-ing, find me on my yoga mat, drinking espresso, exploring Minneapolis / Saint Paul, adventuring with Nick and our vizsla, Luma, spending time with my sista and best gal pals, or playing on the floor with my adorable four-year-old niece, Finley.

Happy swimbikerunning, friends! ♥

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    Darin Armstrong
    07/12/2012 at 10:24 pm

    Hello Erin,
    Just a quick message to ask if you would be interested in a mutual following on twitter. I am currently following you now and am awaiting for your follow-back if you indeed decide to do so…

    All the very best to you and yours for the rest of 2012 and beyond Erin. Hope to hear back from you…


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    Luv What You Do
    07/29/2013 at 9:42 pm

    Hey Erin!
    I was just looking for your email address. Wanted to see if you had a little more insight on the difference between the Garmin 310 and 910 as I am deciding on my Bday present : ) Thanks! I so appreciate your insight!

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      07/29/2013 at 9:46 pm

      Hi, Jen! It’s sweetsweatlife [at] gmail dot com :) happy to help!

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    Jody Lindner
    09/10/2013 at 10:03 am

    HI Erin, My name is Jody and I work for SMHS and organized last years and this years Building Strength 5K. I really enjoyed your article on the race from last year along with the great pictures. I was wondering if I could link your article to our Facebook Page. Thanks again for coming and enjoying such a beautiful day. Hope to see you again this year.

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      09/10/2013 at 10:20 am

      Hi, Jody! Thanks for asking… yes, that’s no problem. Happy to have you link to it! What day is this year’s 5K? I’d love to run it again!

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    Jody Lindner
    09/10/2013 at 10:23 am

    Thanks Erin. This years race is on September 28, 2013 at the same location. I would love to see you this year. Let’s pray for the same beautiful weather as last year.

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      09/11/2013 at 5:48 pm

      You’re welcome! Ah, shoot! I’ll be out of town that weekend for work, unfortunately… I’m bummed to miss! Hoping for beautiful weather, too, and a big turnout!

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    Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
    01/24/2014 at 11:10 pm

    I am inspired by everything about your blog and who you are. Just reading some of your experiences makes me want to do a triathlon with you! So excited to follow your blog!

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      01/30/2014 at 7:41 am

      Ahhh… thanks so much, Kristen! You should do a tri! Excited to follow your blog, too! :)

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    02/06/2014 at 3:27 pm


    I’ve just nominated you for the Sunshine Award:

    The rules for accepting the Sunshine Award are:

    Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
    Share 11 random facts about yourself.
    Nominate 11 bloggers who you think are positive, inspirational and creative…….

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    01/13/2015 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Erin, I’m Sil and I just “landed” on your web site (I think through twitter…) and I liked it a lot. Nice and inviting. Just wanted to tell you that, now I’ll keep on reading. Congrats!

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      01/15/2015 at 6:33 am

      Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words, Sil! :)

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    Kandace Cruse
    09/20/2015 at 4:04 pm

    Just want you to know you are an inspiration to an imperfect stranger…

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      10/31/2015 at 5:51 pm

      You are so sweet… thank you, Kandace!

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    Kristen Spillane
    02/02/2016 at 11:40 am

    Erin – what a lame teammate am I for not checking out your blog sooner – you bring such a refreshing voice to your truly inspiring blog! You’ve got one more loyal reader over here! :) Heart and courage all the way!

    Kristen (@knspillane on Insta and Twitter :)

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      02/03/2016 at 8:59 am

      Hi, Kristen! Thank you for your kind words! I’m lame, too, for not having checked our your blog until now as well! Can we just swimbikerun and blog all day?! ;) Happy to be teammates this year, and I hope our paths cross at some point! xo.

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