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Christopher Dorobek
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Journalist covering the business of government; Focus: Helping government do its job better
Journalist covering the business of government; Focus: Helping government do its job better

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#GovMustRead via POLITICO: Information lockdown hits Trump’s federal agencies http://ow.ly/rK6h308law9 Also Reuters Top News http://ow.ly/qg1Q308laJR

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Background on the federal hiring freeze...

The Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Hiring Freeze is now online: http://ow.ly/esnu308iwj3 via +The Obama White House
Background via +Federal News Radio: Hiring freeze result of Trump team's review of federal agencies http://ow.ly/ruEg308iwCl
And via +Government Executive: Here Are the Details of Trump’s Governmentwide Hiring Freeze http://ow.ly/IGwb308iwIK
via The +Washington Post: Trump freezes hiring of many federal workers http://ow.ly/WSMT308ixkj
and via +Federal Times: Unions: Trump's hiring freeze 'disastrous' for public service http://ow.ly/Jhrx308ix6n

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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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Added photos to A SoulCycle 5-OH Birthday.

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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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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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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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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 
#SAMMIES  

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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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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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