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

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Resolving to Be Un-Resolved

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The Cycle Oregon Facebook page posted a single, simple question this morning. “What are your cycling-related resolutions this year?” Simplicity, sometimes has a way of making one stop and think. Of pointing out to one, certain inconsistencies. A few days ago, I vowed not to make any resolutions this year. After all, what good is […]


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 […]


I Don’t Wanna!

I love cycling. Cycling is easier than walking. Walking or jogging or running (should I actually get to that speed) is slow, tedious, laborious, and painful. Cycling is easy. I just get on the bike and keep the pedals turning. Steady, continuous, effortless, fast. Well, until that roadie on the expensive Felt wearing the aerodynamic […]


Goldilocks and Life Choices

Sometimes the decisions you make alter the direction of your life forever. We make decisions every day. Most of the time we do this without thinking and these decision don’t dramatically affect the course of our lives. At other times, the decisions are huge and they change everything: whether or not to marry, to stay […]


A Day Just Perfect For Wasting

A Day Just Perfect For Wasting

It’s one of those early summer days, just perfect for wasting. It’s a warm, clear, zero-percent-chance-of-rain day in Southern Oregon. It’s the kind of day that results in a greenway full of young lovers walking hand in hand, dog owners meandering back and forth disregarding the posted “Keep to the right” admonitions, and cyclists of […]


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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