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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Anticipation

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Do you remember those days when you were a child and the night before Christmas was excruciating as you waited in anticipation for Christmas Day and whatever goodies you might discover under the tree? I remember loving to hate those Christmas Eves. I’d stay awake as long as I could, with excitement. But I always […]


You Got This!

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I’ve never been a fan of hills. To me, they are the vegetables of cycling. I need to try them. I need to take them on if I’m ever going to get stronger as a cyclist, but they are not enjoyable to me. It’s no wonder, either. I’m packing around 40-45 pounds more than I […]


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 […]


Public Transportation

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In Southern Oregon, the summer weather continues. Only just this last week did the weather begin dropping below 50 degrees at night. Today’s temperature seems significantly lower than the heat of the past few weeks. The leaves on the trees are finally beginning to relinquish their green finery of summer for something more dazzling and […]


Family Fun?

A Day At The Lake

Why is it that family vacations or day trips are such a troublesome venture? Just the idea of a day trip to a nearby lake can be fraught with tension. A family vacation can place the stress, tension and conflict on levels that resemble something of a national disaster. I don’t know why we go […]


Goldilocks and Life Choices

Sometimes the decisions you make alter the direction of your life forever. We make decisions every day. Most of the time we do this without thinking and these decision don’t dramatically affect the course of our lives. At other times, the decisions are huge and they change everything: whether or not to marry, to stay […]


No Two Rides Are The Same

One of the things I love about Southern Oregon is the mild winter weather. On one of these delightful weekends, the weather was warm, reaching the low 60’s at times. I took advantage of this wonderful winter climate and managed to log 63 miles on the Fun Wheels. We normally spend our time on the […]


A Hee Haw Life

This week reminded me of one of those That’s Good, That’s Bad” comedy skits from the variety show Hee Haw I used to watch as a child. The routine begins with one person asking the other how things are going. The person responds to the question with a statement about a disastrous event that just […]


Party In The Surgical Ward

This last Monday I headed backed to one of the local hospitals for my second excision biopsy. There were several names this particular procedure has been called and, since each time a nurse came in to talk to me or polk me with a needle or I-V,I had to repeat what procedure I was having […]


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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