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EBRAINK
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8/9/13 11:46 P

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Sorry for the silence, GGR's; I was on the road again. (Still recuperating from jet lag - ugh!)

The hotel with the loaner bikes is the Q Center in St. Charles, IL, USA. They got a very positive review from this guest!

I love our city bike program. The subscription is cheap for me (a special deal my employer negotiated as a perk, to encourage staff to bus to work and bike around if they have daily errands). So when I can't bike to work, I can take the bus, and if I need to get from one part of town to another, I can ride. The bikes are maintained well, and I've never had a problem picking up a bike from one of the stations (I've heard that can be a problem, but I've never had one). The biggest challenge is the 30 minute rule - the bike share is for short trips only, so the idea is that you ride from station A to station B, check the bike in, do your shopping/errand, then check a new bike out at B and ride back to A. So far, it's working well, and stations are popping up everywhere. I know folks who don't bother to own/maintain their own bikes because they can use the citibikes. And the program sponsors weekend challenges - daring people to circumnavigate the city via citibike (short trips from station to station, no ride longer than 30 minutes, using at least X number of bikes/stations, bonus points for picking up an "art bike" that was decorated by kids involve in our city's youth recreation center).

Love the bike system. But then, it helps to live in one of the top-ten bike friendly cities in the US...

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8/6/13 10:22 P

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That's an awesome idea.

More and more cities are getting in on the CityBike loaner system. I saw them all over in DC when I was there. I think biking will continue to grow!

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8/3/13 8:16 A

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Tell us the name of the hotel with the loaner bikes!


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7/27/13 7:02 A

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see you can run but you can't hide from fitness and healthy living... Hope you had a great time and where to stay on your path..



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EBRAINK
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7/22/13 7:38 A

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Oh, my! PJones, I hope you have a big vehicle! It sounds wise to plan your meals carefully and bring your meals with you in that situation. And I also hope your hosts are gracious about your doing so - the last time members of my family gathered, those with particular eating regimens got lots of pressure from folks who seemed quite proud of their unregulated eating (at least, when we were eating - the rest of the time, they were complaining about how 'impossible' it is to lose weight...) But that's a rant for a different thread!

I know how lucky I am, this time around. I've worked this conference before, when it was at a different center, and the exercise facilities were awful (like, scary/moldy/dark/broken awful) and the food was swimming in butter to make up for lack of freshness or any real talent with spices. So my expectations were super low...

We succeed when we create conditions for success - and when we can't do that, we create conditions for succeeding within constraints.


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7/22/13 1:12 A

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It sounds like you have great accommodations. It is hard to travel when you have a certain diet you are trying to maintain. You are being positive about it.
My Whine: I'm vegan and my 3 year old son is vegetarian. We went to see my folks for a week earlier this month. Imagine if you can, packing all my clothing and toiletries, as well as my son's and husbands (who came down half way through the week), packing toys and games, my bike and gear, and FOOD. My parents diet is the complete opposite of ours so I have take coolers of our food, beverages, and spices. I really have to plan our meals out ahead of time.
Needless to say, our drives down aren't very frequent.
Stay strong!:)

I have perfect happiness. I have perfect love. I have perfect wealth. I have perfect faith. Believing is all it takes. :)


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7/21/13 7:08 P

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That is awesome! Hey, it's ok to whine as long as you do it on your bike or treadmill LOL! emoticon

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EBRAINK
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7/21/13 1:24 P

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Hi, team -

I'm getting ready to go away for a long haul at a conference, which always requires a lot of planning for me if I want to keep on track - I can feel the tug of temptation to dump out of my weightloss/fitness/healthy eating plan when I'm traveling for work or away on vacation. (Insert whiny voice here: it's too HAAAAAAAAAARD to stay on track! I don't WAAAAAAANT to! The bacon/egg/butter/cheese omelette with a side of bacon slathered in bacon cream sauce is to GOOOOOOOD to resist! Everyone else is eating it, and they LIIIIIIIIKE it.)

Imagine my delight, then, to see that the conference hotel not only has a huge fitness center and running paths...but it is also located near a lovely bike trail, AND they loan bikes to guests who want to ride.

I suspect that riding a bike may have no impact on my ability to resist bacon (or to whine about not eating it), but I am willing to test the proposition.

We succeed when we create conditions for success - and when we can't do that, we create conditions for succeeding within constraints.


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