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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

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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 […]


September Struggles

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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

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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 […]


Hills Are Your Friend

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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

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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

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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 […]


Back in the Saddle…Finally

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It’s been six weeks since I spent some serious time on my new bike, even longer since I’ve written about it. So, let’s just take a minute and bring everyone up to speed on the new bike and reasons why I haven’t been riding as much in spite of the gorgeous weather. First off, the […]


100 Days Challenge: Five Most Frequen...

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I’m now at Day 4 in the 100 Days Challenge. It’s not much, but prior to this, getting in one workout a week was difficult, and this week I just completed four. I’m pleased about that. I’ve also recruited a number of people at work and friends as well as my oldest daughter to participate. […]


The 100 Days Challenge

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I am not a morning person. I never have been. I’ve learned to cope with a world that believes the morning person is the ideal, but if I had my preferences, work would begin at 10:00 instead of 7:30 in the morning. Even 8:00 is a vast improvement in terms of my morning routine. This […]


Blogger on Bike

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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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