Life is always easier if you're in the right gear.

Fitbit Challenges: Try It. You’...

My first Fitbit was the narrower one, the Charge.  I now have the larger one the Charge.  I really like it.

I purchased my first Fitbit in April 2015. I figured it would be a good way for me to monitor how many steps I was walking each day.  I was a teacher at that time in a 6th grade classroom.  I figured I’d easily hit 10,000 steps a day (the recommended daily allowance). Boy was […]

Progress Isn’t Always Visible


Have you ever had one of those weeks or seasons in your fitness journey when you fail to see the results you expected? You did everything right. You followed the program, watched what you ate, worked out, drank water, rested, and yet, no change on any of the markers you are watching. It can be […]

New Year’s Priorities

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The beginning of a new year (or the end of an old one) is always a great time to reflect on one’s current situation, reassess life, and re-prioritize for the next year. For me, the holidays is the worst time to try to accomplish any of this.  My husband and I live overseas. (I’ve been […]

Choosing A New Bike

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In 2010, I made a significant life decision.  I hadn’t ridden a bike in nearly 30 years, but in September 2010, I purchased a bike after saving up and making payments for three months. My Specialized Ariel Elite, was a hybrid.  My first ride was an impressive seven miles long before my butt hurt so […]

September Struggles


September has always been a tough month for me to maintain my fitness levels. I work hard all summer, I make good progress and it all goes to h***, in a few short weeks which most refer to as the month of September. The back-to-school season for a teacher is easily the most stressful time […]

Good-bye Summer


Three years ago, I started out on this cycling adventure after being off the bike for almost thirty years. A year and a half ago, with my 50th birthday looming, I decided to finally drop the residual baby fat from my last pregancy (12 years ago) and get in shape. My goal, back then, was […]

I Won!


In my last post, I mentioned that I entered the giveaway contest on The All Seasons Cyclist blog for the Serfas Combo Kit. All Seasons Cyclist, reviews cycling products and then gives them away to the reader who can best articulate why they should get the gear. I’ve never, ever entered such a contest, but […]

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All Seasons Cyclist Product Review and Give Away

I love reading the All Seasons Cyclist blog.  I learn so much about cycling gear and the cycling life all throughout the year from this man. He writes in a clear, easy to understand manner, so that even the inexperienced noob like me can understand.  His latest review of the Serfas CK-1 Combo Kit 1, […]

Hills Are Your Friend


There I was on a group ride that was beyond my ability level. I was the only woman in a group of “old guys”. Never mind that most of these “old guys” were flying on two wheels faster than I have the courage to go at this point. Never mind that they were flying on […]

5 Life Lessons Learned on Bike

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Cycling is a great metaphor for life.  Actually, any athletic endeavor works metaphorically here, especially if it is one that requires commitment, endurance, and patience in order to improve. I, however, am most passionate about cycling, so I’m choosing the bike to help me illustrate some life lessons these days. This last week, was a […]



Kismet. It means fate; destiny. Today was Kismet. Spontaneous. Unplanned. Unexpected. Overwhelmingly beautiful. Every minute of it a private birthday gift to me, unwrapped and revealing a new and completely unanticipated surprise. A 51st birthday, could not have been better, had I orchestrated it myself, detail by detail. In cycling, I’ve learned, especially when dealing […]

Taking Risks


There are times when you just have to take that little risk, if you want to move forward in life. I have been a dues-paying, card-carrying member of the Siskiyou Velo Club for the last two years. The benefits of club membership are many, especially if you’re a new cyclist starting out. One of the […]

Blogger on Bike


Hi, I'm Cat A.Olson, @According2Cat on Twitter, or @TheDigitalCat on Instagram, and I write about my cycling adventures. In 2010, after 25 years off the bike, I decided to get a bike and start riding again. In 2012, I was diagnosed with DCIS, an early and completely curable form of breast cancer. I had five weeks of radiation treatment and I rode my bike to nearly every treatment. In 2013, I decided to get a faster bike. I'm finally getting serious about losing weight, and riding really fast with the cool kids.

I ride every chance I get, as fast as I can, for as long as my body will allow. I'm learning how to embrace challenges like helmet hair, padded pants, clipless shoes, flat tires, bugs in my teeth, and...ugh...hills. I'm learning that both cycling and life are easier and a lot more fun when you're in the right gear.

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