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Cycling: It’s What’s for ...

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I’ve been sick for the last few days. Out of nowhere, it hit. I went to work Thursday, like any normal Thursday, but within a few minutes of arriving at work, I knew this was not going to be something I could work through. An hour later, I was headed home. Two days later, and […]


Winter Riding

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The weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was a beautiful weekend. Perfect for riding in Southern Oregon. Well, almost perfect. The temps were in the mid-30’s, and on Monday, the weather reached a balmy 43 degrees. Clear, blue skies, sunny. Cold. Just the kind of weather to ride in if you have the appropriate […]


Dilemmas

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It’s the afternoon of the NFC Championship. My son, an avid football fanatic, tracks these games diligently. Me? I just show up for the Superbowl. This year, however, our favorite team is still in the running. The San Francisco 49ers are playing the Atlanta Falcons in their quest for a Superbowl berth this year. My […]


My Annual Gym Workout

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I did it. I got off work, picked up the youngest and her friend, took them to the thing they’d planned. Zipped home. Changed and went to the gym. As I was relaxing into my recumbent cycling machine thingy, I whipped out the iPad (there’s actually a shelf on the exercise machine to place it […]


Workout Challenges

I used to go to the gym regularly. In fact, when my son was two, I joined the local Y and in the period of about 5 months, I transformed my 80-pound, overweight carcass, into a svelte, 130-pound, size 8. I was up at 4:30 every morning. By 5:00 a.m., I was sweating it out […]


With Greater Resolve

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The above meme appeared in my Facebook feed yesterday. My instant reaction was, “Duh!” As a cyclist (amateur wannabe status only), I’m always looking back. Okay, I’m not always looking back, but I look back often. Because I take pictures often. I also like to look back and consider how far I’ve come. For these […]


Resolving to Be Un-Resolved

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The Cycle Oregon Facebook page posted a single, simple question this morning. “What are your cycling-related resolutions this year?” Simplicity, sometimes has a way of making one stop and think. Of pointing out to one, certain inconsistencies. A few days ago, I vowed not to make any resolutions this year. After all, what good is […]


The End

We usually think of it as a bad thing; the end of a romance, a good book, a great concert, or fun vacation. Sometimes, even though they can be emotionally laden, endings can be positive. They can provide long awaited closure to the loose ends in life. They can be the end of stressful events, […]


Monthly Rides

Monthly Rides

March 11 was the last day I rolled out without kids in tow. It was the day before my last surgery. Kids on a ride, while enjoyable, slows the pace significantly. My 17-year-old son keeps up very well, but he doesn’t always pay attention to his use of the path. It can be alarming the […]


A Windy Saturday in March

It was shaping up to be a disappointing Saturday.  Face it, during the school year, for a teacher, the best and most wonderful day to ride is Saturday, weather permitting.  Sunday rides have to be shortened due to getting ready for the week.  Rides during the week must be shortened due to running out of […]


The Way To Start A Week

I lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a brief couple of years in the early ’90’s.  During that time I fell in love with the Southwest and with Byrd Baylor’s books, The Way To Start A Day, being one of my favorites.  This last weekend, due to school budget cuts, ended up being a three-day weekend.  Since […]


Shift Happens

Shift Happens

Shift happens. For some it happens sooner, rather than later. For me, now that I’m nearing that dreaded half-century birthday, shift is happening now. It’s been over a month since I’ve done any real riding. I just stepped on the scale and I haven’t gained any weight. Not gaining weight is most likely due to […]


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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