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

All’s Well That Ends Well

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This last weekend didn’t start out so great on the cycling front. It’s been a month since I’ve been able to get out on my bike; my schedule’s been crazy. I’d looked forward all week to getting up early and heading out on bike for a few hours before the heat set in. With temperatures […]


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 […]


Going Shopping

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The other day a friend of mine posted some things on Facebook. These “things” were cute little outfits which will beautifully adorn her cute, petite body. There were pictures of dresses, skirts, boots, sandals and off the shoulder blouses. For a very brief moment, I wished I’d been a bit more committed to my weight […]


Rogue Valley Views

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The following are some of my favorite photos of adventures I’ve had on bike during the last year. This first picture was taken at Applegate Lake at Carberry Road in mid-summer, maybe early August. Here is what it looks like in late February. We actually packed our bikes on the back of the Durango and […]


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 […]


Gold Ray Road/Upper River Road

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It’s funny how sometimes you can be grinding away in life, everything’s hard, bumpy, takes all your effort and perseverance just to get through the days. You can be existing like this, then suddenly, something catastrophic or nearly catastrophic occurs, after which life almost instantaneously smooths out, becomes almost easy. Well, that is, if death […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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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