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Fitbit Challenges: Try It. You’...

My first Fitbit was the narrower one, the Charge.  I now have the larger one the Charge.  I really like it.

I purchased my first Fitbit in April 2015. I figured it would be a good way for me to monitor how many steps I was walking each day.  I was a teacher at that time in a 6th grade classroom.  I figured I’d easily hit 10,000 steps a day (the recommended daily allowance). Boy was […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


Workout Challenges

I used to go to the gym regularly. In fact, when my son was two, I joined the local Y and in the period of about 5 months, I transformed my 80-pound, overweight carcass, into a svelte, 130-pound, size 8. I was up at 4:30 every morning. By 5:00 a.m., I was sweating it out […]


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 […]


Monthly Rides

Monthly Rides

March 11 was the last day I rolled out without kids in tow. It was the day before my last surgery. Kids on a ride, while enjoyable, slows the pace significantly. My 17-year-old son keeps up very well, but he doesn’t always pay attention to his use of the path. It can be alarming the […]


This One’s For My Family, Espec...

Breast Cancer runs in my family…sort of. My mother, at 56, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She also had an uncle who died of breast cancer, a rare but possible thing, as breast cancer can affect 2% of all men. At least, I think that is number I remember reading in my journeys the last […]


Slowly Getting Back in the Saddle

As much fun as the surgical party was, the time spent convalescing wasn’t nearly as smooth this time around.  More pain, more fatigue, less weather that cooperated with me getting out on the bike, and more of the daily stuff of life that can just get in the way of feeling 100 percent.  That being […]


A Windy Saturday in March

It was shaping up to be a disappointing Saturday.  Face it, during the school year, for a teacher, the best and most wonderful day to ride is Saturday, weather permitting.  Sunday rides have to be shortened due to getting ready for the week.  Rides during the week must be shortened due to running out of […]


The Way To Start A Week

I lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a brief couple of years in the early ’90’s.  During that time I fell in love with the Southwest and with Byrd Baylor’s books, The Way To Start A Day, being one of my favorites.  This last weekend, due to school budget cuts, ended up being a three-day weekend.  Since […]


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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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