in this life

1. Master’s degree. MA in strategic communication, University of Minnesota, August 2011.

2. SCUBA the Great Barrier Reef.

3. Vacation solo. Costa Rica, March 2009; Vancouver, October 2011.

IMG_15514. Complete a triathlon. Take the Hill Triathlon, 04.28.2012.

5. Live outside of Minnesota.

6. Pay off every penny of my student loans.

7. Skydive. Amazing! August 22, 2012.

skydive 28. Learn to change the oil of my car.

9. Learn French.

10. Learn to surf. Costa Rica, March 2009.

11. Half ironman.Chisago 70.3, 07.22.2012.

12. IRONMAN. – IRONMAN Canada, 08.25.2013.

907Y655413. Qualify for and race Kona 140.6Qualified IMWI 09.13.2015! Raced Kona 10.08.2016!

14. Take my parents on vacation.

15. Spin instructor certified.

16. Canoe and camp the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

17. Give blood. Spring 2011.

18. Ice skate in Central Park on my birthday.

19. Compete in a skate ski race. December 2007 and January 2008.

20. Do the Birkie skate ski race.

21. Run or bike in all 50 states (to date: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming).

22. Yoga teacher training.

23. Take dancing lessons.

24. Compete in a duathlon. Minneapolis Duathlon, August 2010.

25. Yoga retreat in the tropics.

26. Travel the world for three months straight.

27. Marry my love on a beach, barefoot.

28. Be a mentor.

29. Hot air balloon at sunrise.

30. Skinny dip in the ocean. April 2013.

31. Climb a sugar beet pile in Kittson County.

32. Sleep under the stars.

33. Have two children.

34. Cheer at the winter + summer Olympics.

35. Bike the coast from Cali to Washington.

36. Zip line. Costa Rica, March 2009.

37. Restore an old home.

38. Have an in-house sauna.

39. Restore an Airstream camper and camp at all the national parks.

40. Own a sandy-feet friendly cabin on a small Minnesota lake.

41. Qualify for and run Boston Marathon with a sub 3:30.

42. Rock forearm headstand, comfortably.

43. Spend an entire day – a weekend would be ever better! – at a spa with my sister.

44. One week in hut over Tahitian water.

45. Hammock in the backyard under a canopy of trees.

46. Join and shop regularly the neighborhood food co-op. Joined Mississippi Market, August 2012.

47. Join a CSA every summer.

48. See Coldplay in concert. Mylo Xyloto tour, Xcel Energy Center, 08.10.2012.

49. Always live within a 30-minute drive of my sister.

50. Cruiser bike for yoga and co-op trips. Summer 2017.

51. Have my eyebrows done. Microbladed, 02.10.2017.

52. Hike up a mountain. Any Colorado 14er will do nicely.

53. Add a vintage tandem bike to the collection.

54. Bike a century. August 2011 with Nick.

55. Write and publish a book.

56. Grow veggies in a gigantic backyard garden.

57. Amazing Race adventures with Nick.

58. Hike Machu Picchu.

59. Coast ride.

60. Sub five-hour 70.3. Chisago 70.3, 07.27.2014.

IMG_223861. 140.6 in 10:30. IRONMAN Arizona, 11.20.2016!

62. 100 x 100 swim.

63. Take one photo a day for a year.

64. Learn how to use our dSLR Canon.

65. Escape from Alcatraz.

66. Bike tour through France while watching le Tour.

67. Win my AG at a 70.3. Superior Man, 08.28.2016.

68. Win my AG at a 140.6. 

68. Find meaningful work. 

69. See an elephant in the wild.

70. Get a baby vizsla. Welcomed Lumahai to our family on 12.28.2016!


  • Reply Cathleen K 06/20/2012 at 6:40 pm

    So flattered to make your blog roll! And I might just have to copy your life to-do list idea. One of my old roommates and I made a list of goals years ago (on the back of a Starbucks pastry wrapper) and we’ve enjoyed crossing things off, as well as adding things. BWCA is on my vacation list! Best of luck with your training and racing this season. ~Cathleen

    • Reply sweetsweat 06/20/2012 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks so much, Cathleen! (Your comment made me smile on this cranky evening when I couldn’t swim because of an aqua fit class or bike because it was pouring.) I’m a fairly new reader of your blog – you’re SO inspiring! If I race half as fast as you, I’ll be thrilled :)

      Did you make it to Grandma’s last weekend?! Best of luck with your training and racing, too!

  • Reply ami 08/13/2012 at 8:37 am

    I didn’t know you wanted to spend a day at the spa with me!! That sounds fabulous. I think we can check this one off your list sooner rather than later. :)

    • Reply sweetsweat 08/13/2012 at 9:50 am

      Perfect, Sista. I can’t wait for a spa day with you… perhaps for our birthdays this year?! (I just added this goal + a few others last week…!)

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  • Reply Emily G 05/14/2013 at 9:49 pm

    #31—I can help you do that on my birthday (10/15)…..#18—may I join you for yours?

    • Reply erin 05/17/2013 at 8:06 am

      That is a GREAT idea, Emily! Deal :)

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  • Reply kelly 08/19/2013 at 9:07 am might be able to help you with #9. I’m in the process of learning Spanish. Not as nice as a class, but still fun.

    • Reply erin 08/22/2013 at 10:02 am

      Thanks for the link! Definitely gonna check into it! :)

  • Reply Leslie @ TriathleteTreats 09/06/2013 at 12:37 pm

    Nice list!! So many of those things I want to do!! I need to make a list too!! I think you just inspired me to do it!!! :)

    • Reply erin 02/03/2014 at 4:05 pm

      Delayed comment here… eek! Thank you, Leslie! Did you make your list?!

  • Reply Ann Curnow 09/13/2013 at 4:44 pm

    Love your list and Amazing Race is one of my favorite shows I hope you make it on! I am glad I got to know you during your short time at NRG.

  • Reply Erin 12/13/2014 at 9:33 pm

    I can help you with the 14er…. :)

    • Reply erin 12/14/2014 at 9:27 am

      I’m in! :) If there’s anything on your bucket list to do in Minnesota, let me know!

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  • Reply Lydia Ploder 01/11/2016 at 1:33 pm

    Almost the same bullet points on the list! Really really great idea! I just found your site….

    • Reply erin 01/18/2016 at 10:04 am

      Ah, so fun! Thanks, Lydia, for stopping by! What’s next on your bucket list?!

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