Sepetmebr 29, 2006
I don't want to dwell on this danger assessment topic, but I have a couple more thoughts.
First of all, I need to stress that this ocean crossing idea is still just a concept. Something that I will endeavor to work toward, but an adventure that I am definitely NOT going to commit myself to.
My immediate plan that I AM going forward with is to build a test boat which will be based on a sea kayak - sort of a scaled down version of Concept 1. I will use the test boat to gain some badly needed ocean experience by touring around the island off Vancouver Island, starting with the Glenmore reservoir here in Calgary and branching out from there (baby steps). Rick Willoughby and I even discussed the possibility of trying for the 24 hour HPB distance record with the test boat if it was efficient enough - a possibility. If the test boat works well in the ocean, I would like to build a second boat for Helen so we can do some ocean touring off Vancouver island together.
I'm going to totally play it by ear and we'll see where things so.
That's exactly what I did when I wanted to set a trans Canada speed record by powering a streamliner across the country. In the end, I was not happy with the risks, and it turned out to be something that I really did not want to do. So I re-worked the original concept and envisioned the 24 hour record attempt.
I've got something I want to add to the whole ocean crossing danger risk analysis that I did yesterday. I've seen some sour faces regarding my new idea. Some think it is dangerous and foolish.
Do you want to know what I think is dangerous and foolish?
60% of North Americans are over weight. Described by the World Health Organization as an "escalating epidemic", obesity is "one of the greatest neglected public health problems of our time with an impact on health which may well prove to be as great as smoking." Being overweight leads to many serious medical problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and many other health related issues.
Now check out my original risk assessment of an ocean crossing:
Heart disease, cancer and stroke are WAY bigger killers than rowing an ocean. FAR more dangerous than an ocean crossing, flying a small plane, mountain climbing, riding a motorcycle or even sky diving is sitting on your ass watching TV eating donuts! And currently over 60% of North Americans see fit to 'live life on the edge' taking these crazy risks each and every day!
That's simply messed up man. I'm not saying that I won't wake up with **cancer tomorrow, or suffer a stroke next week, but I sure am FAR less likely to be inflicted by these diseases because of the way I choose to live my life. A choice I made a LONG time ago. I want to stay healthy and ALIVE for my wife, kids, family and friends.
I want to enjoy every moment of my life and life it to the fullest. Staying healthy and fit is the best way to ensure that I can continue to do that and be an example to my kids and others that you can do the same.
We all need to live life to the fullest. Frankly, I don't see how that would happen at 300 pounds between visits to the Dr.s office.