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Sign up starting today to bike with me for my 50th birthday -- get your SOUL with +Garrett Schlosser -- Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10:45a at SoulCycle West End -- Get your bike here:
https://www.soul-cycle.com/find-a-class/select-bike/591160/
 
I turn 5-OH is August -- I'm celebrating on Aug. 6... (The actual birthday is Aug. 12, but... I'm doing a Disney Cruise in the Med with Nick, so... I'm celebrating early! That is what Leos do!)

And I'd love to SoulCycle with friends. So... I'm trying to fill the 10:45a class on Saturday, Aug. 6 in DC's West End. NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FROM WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED.
It will be led by Garrett Schlosser -- who is quite simply the best.
Never done a SoulCycle class? This is a perfect opportunity -- I mean... I'm turning 50! (And there are pretty much always new people in classes, so... there is really nothing to be worried about! Really!)

What do you need to do?
* Before Monday, Aug. 1 at 12n ET -- sign-up by going here: https://www.soul-cycle.com/r/WYrknNh0/ THEN buy at least one class -- make sure you by a DC region class. (Different regions are different prices.) If you wait until Aug 1, it could be too late. (Yes, Garrett classess fill up quickly. His 9:30a class fills up in seconds -- literally! Seconds!)
* Monday, Aug. 1 at 12n ET... Book the class -- You can book this class starting Monday, Aug. 1 at 12n ET -- and I'm going to reiterate because I want you there with me -- it is a Garrett class, so they fill up quickly. Therefore -- go to the SoulCycle Web site by going here: https://www.soul-cycle.com/r/WYrknNh0/ (You can also download the app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soulcycle/id966733747?mt=8 )
* How do you book? On Monday, Aug. 1 just before 12n ET... go online... find DC West End -- Saturday, Aug. 6... 11:45a with Garrett... I bookmark classes before so I'm ready to go Monday at 12n. This link takes you to Garrett classes for that week : https://www.soul-cycle.com/instructors/10166/garrett/schedule/2016-08-02/ You will need to register and buy a class.
* On Aug. 6 -- get to the studio a bit early... You can rent shoes with clips if you don't have them already. They also sell water. You will also need to get fitted for your bike. I also wear ear plugs -- the music is loud... I love feeling it, but... I'm nearly 50 and I need to hear ;-)

MOST OF ALL -- HAVE FUN! Exercise should be about fun -- and for me, SoulCycle is SO fun. There is no "right" way to ride -- we're all just practicing to get better. I'm not the strongest rider in any class I do -- but there are few people who have as much fun as I do... What better way to celebrate a birthday than peddling to good health!

If you have any problems signing up or anything... you can also call SoulCycle WestEnd at (202) 659-7685 or e-mail them at soulwestend@soul-cycle.com.

SoulCycle has a FAQ that answers many of the often asked questions: https://www.soul-cycle.com/faq/ If you have others, let me know. I'll answer the best I can.

Come party with me in the best way possible -- on a bike!
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I turn 5-OH is August -- I'm celebrating on Aug. 6... (The actual birthday is Aug. 12, but... I'm doing a Disney Cruise in the Med with Nick, so... I'm celebrating early! That is what Leos do!)

And I'd love to SoulCycle with friends. So... I'm trying to fill the 10:45a class on Saturday, Aug. 6 in DC's West End. NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FROM WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED.
It will be led by Garrett Schlosser -- who is quite simply the best.
Never done a SoulCycle class? This is a perfect opportunity -- I mean... I'm turning 50! (And there are pretty much always new people in classes, so... there is really nothing to be worried about! Really!)

What do you need to do?
* Before Monday, Aug. 1 at 12n ET -- sign-up by going here: https://www.soul-cycle.com/r/WYrknNh0/ THEN buy at least one class -- make sure you by a DC region class. (Different regions are different prices.) If you wait until Aug 1, it could be too late. (Yes, Garrett classess fill up quickly. His 9:30a class fills up in seconds -- literally! Seconds!)
* Monday, Aug. 1 at 12n ET... Book the class -- You can book this class starting Monday, Aug. 1 at 12n ET -- and I'm going to reiterate because I want you there with me -- it is a Garrett class, so they fill up quickly. Therefore -- go to the SoulCycle Web site by going here: https://www.soul-cycle.com/r/WYrknNh0/ (You can also download the app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soulcycle/id966733747?mt=8 )
* How do you book? On Monday, Aug. 1 just before 12n ET... go online... find DC West End -- Saturday, Aug. 6... 11:45a with Garrett... I bookmark classes before so I'm ready to go Monday at 12n. This link takes you to Garrett classes for that week : https://www.soul-cycle.com/instructors/10166/garrett/schedule/2016-08-02/ You will need to register and buy a class.
* On Aug. 6 -- get to the studio a bit early... You can rent shoes with clips if you don't have them already. They also sell water. You will also need to get fitted for your bike. I also wear ear plugs -- the music is loud... I love feeling it, but... I'm nearly 50 and I need to hear ;-)

MOST OF ALL -- HAVE FUN! Exercise should be about fun -- and for me, SoulCycle is SO fun. There is no "right" way to ride -- we're all just practicing to get better. I'm not the strongest rider in any class I do -- but there are few people who have as much fun as I do... What better way to celebrate a birthday than peddling to good health!

If you have any problems signing up or anything... you can also call SoulCycle WestEnd at (202) 659-7685 or e-mail them at soulwestend@soul-cycle.com.

SoulCycle has a FAQ that answers many of the often asked questions: https://www.soul-cycle.com/faq/ If you have others, let me know. I'll answer the best I can.

Come party with me in the best way possible -- on a bike!
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Sign up starting today to bike with me for my 50th birthday -- get your SOUL with +Garrett Schlosser  -- Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10:45a at SoulCycle West End -- Get your bike here:
https://www.soul-cycle.com/find-a-class/select-bike/591160/
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Tracking 2015... by the numbers


Work
Number of people interviewed for +GovLoop's +DorobekINSIDER​: 78
Number of events moderated: 47

Health
Total miles biked: 2,509.19 (2,052.93 in 2014… and 334.34 in 2013)
December 2015: 150.7 miles (compared to 141.18 miles in December 2014)
Total biking since I started recording milage in 2013: 4,896.6 … 535:44:27 hours… 465.548 calories… 1,085 workouts…
Total number of steps in 2015: 4,645,154
Total number of steps since I started using FitBit in December 2013: 8,572,602
Number of stairs: 21,910
Miles walked: 2,345.78
Total personal training sessions: 206
Total SoulCycle classes: 65
Triathlons: 1
Number of doctor visits: Ugh!
Number of surgeries: 1
Number of times under anesthesia: 8

2015 goes down as a challenging year, but with challenges come opportunities. I end the year healthier than I've ever been in my life -- holistically healthier -- but there are still a few challenges ahead... One day at a time!

Happy 2016! All the best in the year(s) ahead!



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August biking report: 436.27 miles compared to 143 miles for August 2014. (Last year I was on a Disney Cruise for a week... and then I got car doored resulted in a broken arm that meant that I couldn't bike for six weeks... and this year, I had a week long +Trek Travel Cycling Vacations  trip in the San Juan Islands, which was 190 miles for that week alone.)

That brings me to 1,625 for 2015 so far. (I had 2,052.93 miles all of 2014.

I also did 16 personal training sessions and 9 SoulCycle classes.

Not a bad August... in terms of exercise anyway ;-)

It will be easy to beat September bike milages -- it was zero for September 2014, so... I'm already ahead of that.
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On +GovLoop's +DorobekINSIDER: On @GovLoop’s @DorobekINSIDER: Spending Data: Boring Or A Bureaucracy No-Brainer? +Phineas Baxandall , Senior Analyst for Tax and Budget Policy at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group on the group's latest assessment of state fiscal transparency -- and what USASpending can learn from the work the states have already done http://goo.gl/fIaWvA #opengov   #OpenData   #Gov20  
Why government transparency? We talk a lot about transparency, but what do citizens really want to know about all of the extraneous government information they’ve got floating around? The most obvious answer is that people want to know that the hard-earned money they fork over each year on taxes is put to good use. Like... Read more »
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So, there is no easy way to say it... I found out one week ago today that I have prostate cancer.
They believe it is treatable -- I'm young and healthy. Unfortunately there is a lot on my plate right now. (The person who said, 'God only gives you what you can handle' is full of it.)
While this is a more virulent form of prostate cancer -- prostate cancer is all over the maps... some forms are easy to deal with, like skin cancer... others are quite severe... mine is more on the virulent side -- a 7 on what they call the Gleason score.
The initial diagnosis is that is treatable. We are going to do more tests, but, again, the initial guess is that it will be surgery. But there are a few steps to go before we reach a final decision.
While this news really... well, sucks... and it is remarkably difficult to hear that you have cancer... That being said, I feel healthier than I've been in my entire life -- holistically healthier, so if ever I was prepared, that time is now.
AND... even amid what has been a difficult period of my life... I have SO much to live for... my amazing son... I am blessed to do work that I LOVE and that truly energizes me each and every day... I get to talk to smart people doing amazing, remarkable work every day... and I get to 'help government do it's job better.'
Not to mention my ongoing life quest to get healthier.
Friday was a tough day. I'm not going to lie to you. But... I have more work to do. I'm not going anywhere. You are all stuck with me for time to come -- sorry about that!
AND... I have the most amazing friends anybody could ever ask for... people who have been there... during good and bad... And for that, I can't thank you enough... I'd say from the bottom of my heart, but at this point, it is really coming from the heart of my bottom wink emoticon 
(TRYING to find some humor here! The prostate just ain't that funny!)
So... I'm got on my bike yesterday -- again, party of my ongoing quest to get healthier... particularly at this point in time, I want to keep the connection between mind and body. (Of course, when the doctor is talking about surgery, I'm thinking, "DAMN IT -- this is going to F-up another biking season.')
Meanwhile... I will continue to work to live in the present, which is all I can control.
Thanks for your thoughts. MUCH appreciated.
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Best wishes for a successful outcome!
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Just posted on +GovLoop's +DorobekINSIDER: The DorobekINSIDER Book Club selection: +William Eggers Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies That Are Transforming Government... Read more here: https://goo.gl/YsdDYM Register to join the discussion on Wednesday, September 28 at 2p ET here: https://goo.gl/qOoevn 
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On +GovLoop's +DorobekINSIDER : A great way to be prepared for the dinner time question: 'What did you learn today?' Learn about atomtronics -- and meet the amazing fed who is leading research into this amazing technology that could change your world. And... she is a SHE. Meet the Service to America medal finalist. http://ow.ly/RMK3N 
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July 2015 biking report -- 389.61 miles... just shy of the 396.21 miles last year, but not bad given the fact that I had cancer... And the fact that I had friends staying with me last summer who could help watch after Nick so I could do longer rides on the weekend... 

It brings my total for the year to date to 1,171.39 as I work towards my annual goal of 2K.

It should be easy to beat August and September numbers... I was on a cruise for one week of August... and then broke my arm and had a big ZERO for September. Looking forward to keep pedaling. #BikeDC  
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March 2015 bike report: 150.27 miles (compared to 135.83 miles in 2014)... The weather kept milage down a bit -- and I had Nick for the weekends, which kept longer rides down...
Total milage for 2015 so far: 357.11 miles
And we head into April... last year I did 239.45 miles.

Check out the ground I've covered in March 2015 on my #Strava Cycling Heatmap https://www.strava.com/athletes/1630737/heatmaps/3750188a#12/38.90185/-77.06326
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February biking report:
83.25 miles in February 2015 (That is compared to 66.39 miles last year.) Milage has been hindered by the weather, of course... not the cold as much as the ice, which makes biking very complex.
The February milage brings the total for 2015 to date: 216.28

We will see how it goes in March... last year, I did 135.83 miles in March. The weather for coming week is looking cooperative. 

Check out the ground I've covered on my #Strava Cycling Heatmap https://www.strava.com/athletes/1630737/heatmaps/b7a4d94#13/38.92523/-77.03613 
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I've been covering the operations of government for decades. I focus on six words: Helping government do its job better. Also a husband, a very proud father, a boater, a biker, a reader.
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