About Me

My name is Cat! I’m in my early thirties and I started blogging some years ago to share my ramblings about my interests and thoughts about those interests.

Examples include:

  • Adventures like camping and being outdoors
  • Continue education
  • Exercise programs
  • Fitness
  • Health and wellness
  • Nutrition
  • Traveling

I have a background in business, massage therapy and fitness/personal training. Recently, I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from Chatham University #firstgenforthewin #selffive. Currently, I am working full time at Healthy Ride – Pittsburgh’s Nonprofit Bike Share as one the bike mechanics.

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I service, maintenance and repair a fleet of 500 bicycles (soon to be 700). My responsibilities include:

  • assembling new bikes starting from the frame
  • diagnosing faults, damage and wear
  • ensuring all bikes and bike components are cleaned, degreased, lubricated and appropriately torqued before leaving the shop
  • fitting of accessories
  • fixing major and minor repairs including repairing and replacing any damaged or worn-out components
  • performing routine safety checks, tune ups and seasonal overhauls
  • wheel truing and balancing (goal: wheel building)

me wrenching

When I’m not wrenching on bicycles, I’m working out. Typically I power lift at the gym, but occasionally go biking or running in the city and doing yoga with my cats. I love working out and being active especially outdoors. I’ve played sports all my life starting out with team sports like tee-ball and softball when I was a wee lass, I also did some fencing and polo when I lived in England, I did more solo based events like track & field, swimming and tennis in middle school and then went back to team sports like basketball (pick up games), field hockey (summer) and soccer in high school.

As an adult I started out running for sport, mostly long distances, like 5Ks, 10Ks, Half and Full marathons then added mud runs to the mix. I also started biking actively again, first commuting to/from work/school etc. then began racing in alleycats and doing bike tours. I tagged on swimming and did my first triathlon in 2014. I got into power lifting later that same year and love it! My favourite of the three power lifts (bench, squats, deads) is the deadlift.

My best PR’s to date are:

  • 5K (3.1 miles): 27:03 (8:43 min/mi)
  • 10K (6.2 miles): 58.07 (9:15 min/mi)
  • Half Mar. (13.1 miles): 2:15:03 (10:19 min/mi)
  • *Full Mar. (26.2 miles): 6:13:04 (14:14 min/mi) *have only done this once
  • *Sprint Triathlon (750 meter swim, 14-15 miles bike, 5K run): 2:00:00 split into 10 min swim, 53 min bike and 31 min run *have only done this once & swim = incomplete
  • Barbell Bench Press: 115#
  • Barbell Back Squat: 155#
  • Barbell Conventional Deadlift: 225#

Goals:

Cardio:

  • 5K:
    • start with reaching an 8:00 min/mi pace,
    • then 7:00,
    • I want to get fast enough to start placing
  • 10K:
    • start with reaching a 9:00 min/mi pace,
    • then 8:00,
    • also would like to get fast enough to start placing
  • Half: hit a 2:00 hr total time then hit a sub 2:00
  • Full: do more
    • complete at least one more in Pittsburgh then check out other states like Montana and California, hit a 4:30 hr total time than 4:00 then sub 4:00
  • Complete my first ultra marathon (50K)
    • Complete longer distance ultras
  • Triathlon: complete the swimming part for real (train hard with swimming) and *hit a sub 2:00 total time
    • Compete in at least one of the following:
      • Super sprint triathlon: 400m/10km/2.5km.
      • *Sprint distance triathlon: 750m/20km/5km…more of this one
      • Standard distance triathlon: 1500m/40km/10km.
      • Middle distance triathlon: 2.5km/80km/20k.
      • Long distance triathlon: 4km/120km/30km.
      • Ironman distance triathlon: 3.8km/180km/42km.
 Power Lifting:
  • Bench: hit 135-145#,
    • hit 150-160
  • Squat: hit 150-160#,
    • work up to 184-200#,
    • I think I’d like to squat double my weight at least once
  • Deadlift: hit 250#,
    • deadlift at least 300-320#
    • work up to 471-504#
  • Check out olympic style lifting – clean and jerk, snatch

I hope you enjoy my ramblings… I mean articles and feel free to connect with me on these social media platforms:

 

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