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The 100 Days Challenge

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 morning, as I tried to force myself into consciousness, after several attempts at getting up and getting showered and several returns to bed, I was checking Facebook. (I don’t know how half the stuff that shows up in my feed gets there.) This morning, there was a status update from a page titled 100 Days Challenge. I’ve never heard of this before and I certainly don’t remember liking them on Facebook so I had to check it out. It turns out that the 100 Days Challenge is a real challenge that anyone can participate in. It was created by John Bingham, the author of The Accidental Athlete. It’s a motivational approach to encourage people to get up and get moving consistently every day.

My biggest struggle since school started, is carving out enough time to fit workouts in. I’ll be honest, there are days when I’m just exhausted after chasing 4th-graders around for hours. The only thing I want to do is kick back and crack open a cold one. There are other days when, in spite of all my grand motivation, I just cannot get a workout in. After all, I am taxi mom to three kids and they are still not getting the message that they need to plan ahead. I can have a workout planned. I can be dressed and ready to go and something will come up. As a single mom, it isn’t exactly easy to dish off the responsibilities. But, when I read about this 100 Days Challenge, something inside whispered, “Now’s the time. You can do this. You have tons of people at work who would probably join you in this.” So…the mental gears began slowly grinding away. I counted out 100 Days from February 20th, which is the day I read about the Challenge in my Facebook feed. It is also exactly four months before my birthday. June 1st I’ll finish the 100 Days.

It’s now day three, and I’m even rescheduling my Friday evening activities so that I can get in 30 minutes on my treadmill beforehand. What’s even better is, there are at least 10 people on board and joining me in this Challenge. I’m pretty enthused about that.

I still feel like cracking open a cold one after work (or mixing one), but at least now I wait until after my workout.

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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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