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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 […]


Choosing A New Bike

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In 2010, I made a significant life decision.  I hadn’t ridden a bike in nearly 30 years, but in September 2010, I purchased a bike after saving up and making payments for three months. My Specialized Ariel Elite, was a hybrid.  My first ride was an impressive seven miles long before my butt hurt so […]


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 […]


Taking Risks

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There are times when you just have to take that little risk, if you want to move forward in life. I have been a dues-paying, card-carrying member of the Siskiyou Velo Club for the last two years. The benefits of club membership are many, especially if you’re a new cyclist starting out. One of the […]


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 […]


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 […]


Flood Watches and Flood Warnings

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Late this summer, I received a letter in the mail notifying me that Central Point, Oregon, (the small burg I reside in) is in a flood plane. Well, parts of it are. I didn’t entirely understand the letter, and I don’t entirely understand how FEMA determines which areas on the map are most likely to […]


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 […]


Even A Bad Day on the Bike…

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Lately, I’ve been struck with the realization that life changes on a dime. Okay, so, it isn’t really lately that I’ve become aware of this. I’ve been noticing this for quite a few years now. I think it is something like twenty. Ernest Hemingway in, The Sun Also Rises, penned these words: “How did you […]


Cycling from Central Point to Rogue R...

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine on Facebook mentioned that he was trying to ride from Central Point to Gold Hill, but he was deterred by the hills. This challenged me to try to find a way to ride to Gold Hill, that wasn’t hilly, if indeed there was any such route. I’ve […]


No Fun

Two miles of hot, dusty gravel road. One mile, at least but it felt like much more, not riding my bike, but forcing it up the hill beside me. We weren’t even five miles into our ride and I was experiencing a new “first”. I was not having fun. My cyclometer wasnt recording my mileage. […]


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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