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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Family Fun?

A Day At The Lake

Why is it that family vacations or day trips are such a troublesome venture? Just the idea of a day trip to a nearby lake can be fraught with tension. A family vacation can place the stress, tension and conflict on levels that resemble something of a national disaster. I don’t know why we go […]


The Bike Guy

Craigslist is a wonderful thing. When I moved from my old house last fall to the “Treehouse”I now live in, I got rid of virtually everything I owned. The Treehouse is 400 square feet larger than our old house, two story, and surrounded by large old cedars. In fact, one grows right up through our […]


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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