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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18 Comments

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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…

    Darin
    twitter.com/DarinArmstrong
    Team LIVESTRONG

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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!
    Jen

    • Reply
      erin
      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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      erin
      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. http://www.buildingstrength5k.org/

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      erin
      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!

    • Reply
      erin
      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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    tamsynsmith
    02/06/2014 at 3:27 pm

    Hi!

    I’ve just nominated you for the Sunshine Award: http://fatgirltoironman.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/outside-it-might-be-raining-but-ive-just-seen-a-ray-of-sunshine/

    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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    Sil
    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!

    • Reply
      erin
      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…

    • Reply
      erin
      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!

    Best,
    Kristen (@knspillane on Insta and Twitter :)

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      erin
      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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