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My Annual Gym Workout

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 so I can read, or play games, while I work out), and checked in on Foursquare. This is the message I received:


I knew it had been a long time since I visited the gym. I had no idea it was quite that long. It does make sense, however. Last winter was a fairly mild winter and I had a cycling buddy. Instead of heading to the gym, we were out riding the greenway. I have no cycling buddy right now, and the winter is much harsher here than last. I can cope with cold weather on the bike. I am not yet equipped and my bike isn’t equipped to handle rainfall and ice. We’ve had both, plus snow, more than ever recently. I know. I’m going to have to save my pennies for some good winter gear and maybe a winter weather bike…or at least…tires. I am also going to have to rely on my gym for workout opportunities that are safe and more convenient than cold weather cycling…alone…in the dark.

I just wanted you to know that I did work out today. I didn’t make excuses. I went there. I put in a whole thirty minutes while I played solitaire on my iPad. (Yes, I cracked a sweat.) And then, I went home and experienced carb overdose for dinner. I know diet is 80% of the fight. I know my eating habits are an issue. (I love pasta for one thing.) I will deal with that soon. I’m trying to tackle one problem at a time and getting the exercise in has been a tough one. Today, I did it. I got started again. I actually was able to make a mid-week workout, work. This means it can be repeated without too much strain on my schedule. I did it. I can do it again. That is success.

Also, I really enjoyed the workout. I still felt like the gerbil in a cage on the exercise wheel to some degree, but it was good to get out and get moving. Also, it was peak exercise time and I didn’t have to wait for machines. The music they play is excellent, but they don’t play it so loudly that it bleeds into my headset. The atmosphere is wonderful. More like a spa than a gym. I like this place. I need to be here more often.

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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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