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


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 son and I are sick with anticipation. He’s 17 years old. Our family has been 49er loyal since the Joe Montana days. The 49ers have not seen the Superbowl since my son was born. We are watching this afternoon’s game with high anticipation.

The dilemma?

In Southern Oregon, the weather has been ugly for quite some time now. Foggy. Freezing fog foggy. With ice on the roads on top of it. I am willing to ride in just about any weather: cold, hot, wet roads. But I cannot ride in pouring rain or icy surfaces. I just don’t have the gear. Today, however, was simply gorgeous. Gorgeous!!! Clear skies sporting a brilliant blue hue, highlighting the barren landscape which soon will leaf out into beautiful greenery. It was a cyclist’s winter wonderland.

The dilemma? Do I watch the game? Do I miss the game and go for a ride?

My choice?

I stayed in and watched the game hoping, of course, that my son might be willing to go for a ride after the game.

After the game?

The San Francisco 49ers are going to the Superbowl! My son is too excited to go for a ride. He wants to call all his friends and invite them over for a Dark Night Trilogy Festival. Me? I just want to go for a bike ride, but I don’t exactly want to go alone. He’s not going to have his Dark Night party, and I’m not getting a ride in today.

So far, 2012 is off to a great start. It really is. I don’t have medical issues to worry about and things are perfect in about every area of my life (and that doesn’t happen every day). I have to get serious about riding and working out. I have to fight through the “gerbil-on-the-wheel” syndrome and get to the club…or at least walk on my treadmill.

None of that is happening today. The 49ers Going to Superbowl49er’s are going to the Superbowl. That’s enough accomplishment for one day.

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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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