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It looks like Jason Yanota's most excellent training program is paying off. I hit 270 watts today for my 20 minute test. That's not all that outstanding compared to the world of what is possible, but considering that I started at a wimpy 250 watts about 6 weeks ago, that's not bad.

As you might recall, I purchased a NoCom a couple of months ago with the intention of using the winter to train for a possible shot at the recumbent indoor velodrome 1 hour record.


Step #1 is to get my power output up to about 300 watts for 20 minutes, and my buddy Jason agreed to coach me. It looks like all of those KILLER intervals are paying off. I'm hoping another couple of months of these will get me close to my 300 watt goal.

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The Keynote speech at Metafore Corporation on Thursday night went very well! Metafore VP Cyrille Armand introduced me and then flew off to Arizona to compete in his first Ironman triathlon! He finished with an AMAZING 11:35 finishing time. Fantastic job buddy! You are an Ironman!

The keynote was a lot of fun. The audience laughed a lot, which was great to see, and I really get fired up from that kind of feedback.

I got the chance to speak to about 300 to 400 people (200 in the main room with another 200 watching via projector in the second room) about the joys of being active and achieving your goals by being BOLD, and I had a lot of fun.

Bold! Keynote speech by Greg Kolodziejzyk from Greg Kolodziejzyk on Vimeo.
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It's been FAR too long!

Wow - how time flies hey?

I have been very bad at keeping the blog up to date - sorry. Here is a quick update on some of the various projects I am working on:

PedalTheOcean.com - human powered ocean crossing



You might recall that last winter I decided to push the pause button on PedalTheOcean for a few reasons.

One of the reasons, was to focus on getting the 24 hour human powered boat record right. In June of 2006, I built a pedal powered boat and challenged what I thought to be the world record for the most distance traveled by human power on water of 168 km (according to the International Human powered Vehicle Association). I found out that Carter Johnson had bettered that by a HUGE amount. 242 km to be exact. I wanted to revisit the challenge and do it right this time. I spent the entire Spring, summer and early fall, designing, building and testing a new boat that would be capable of challenging Carters kayak record.

I was successful when I surpassed Carters 242 km mark with 20 minutes left to go and ended up with a total of 245.16 km in 24 hours on Whitefish Lake, September 8th, 2008.

The other reason for pausing was to get a grip on the entire expedition - what I really wanted to gain from it, and how I wanted it organized to facilitate a safe and fulfilling journey for me and everyone involved.

I have decided to change a few things:

1. I am NOT going to stamp a strict time constraint schedule on the project. Frankly, there is no hurry and I don't need the stress.

2. I am not going to stress about finding a corporate sponsor. If one comes along and there is a good fit, then great, if not, then I am prepared to do what I need to do, to make the crossing along with my personal and small business sponsors (that's you guys!) who have been very supportive so far.

3. I will DEFINITELY do the crossing WITH a safety boat. This is a promise that I made to my family and I plan on keeping it.

4. I am thinking about changing oceans. Canada to Hawaii has never been human powered and it would be a first. Other advantages of this new route is not having to find (and PAY$$$) a way to ship my boat to Canary Islands and not having to deal with any of the other logistics such as the Spanish Coast guard, etc. I have already checked in with the Canadian coast guard, and as long as my vessel was safe, they wouldn't object to allowing me to leave. I have hired Rick Shema from Weatherguy.com - a weather expert who did a viability study of the new Pacific route and it is very comparable to the Atlantic Canary Island to West Indies route. May would be the preferable departure month. If all goes as envisioned, then May of 2010 (next May) would be my departure date.

I have started construction of Ocean WiTHiN - the new ocean crossing boat designed by naval architect Stuart Bloomfield. The drawings are being finished now and I am happy to announce that I have hired local composites guy Ken Fortney to start construction.


We would like to have the new boat (for now called Ocean WiTHiN, or OW for short) ready for open water testing in the Spring, then maybe sea trials in the summer. My goal would be to spend as much time on-board gaining experience in the Pacific ocean off of the west coast of Tofino later this summer and next winter in preparation for a journey to Hawaii in May (conditions permitting).

Recumbent indoor velodrome hour record


My training is going pretty good. I have increased my 20 minute power from 250 watts to 260 watts over the last 7 week cycle. That's not super great, and really nothing to brag about, but it is improving and my latest 20 minute test which was yesterday may have been a bit lower than what I was capable of. I'll try another test this weekend. I would really like to see 270 watts. The NoCom is great, but I haven't been outside because the ground is now covered with snow, so most of my training has been inside on the mag trainer (another reason why the 20 average power might be a bit low).


I have some ideas for cleaning up the steering tiller bar which in my opinion is a very large creator of drag. I plan to get onto experimenting with some of my ideas as soon as my schedule eases up, which should be after tomorrow night because....

Motivational Speaker

I am doing a keynote address to a corporation's annual customer event tonight. Professional motivational speaking is something that I have been passionate about since my sister Theresa and I started doing KidPower school presentations over 3 years ago. Each show I do is a big deal in my mind. They say that when you speak, your goal should be to change the world, but my goal is to change lives. I prepare and treat each presentation as seriously as I would for an Ironman race and a world record attempt.

Here is a quick 30 second introduction video to Bold!:
www.human-power.com

And here is a the web site for my motivatinal speaking:
www.human-power.com

Human Powered Flight

I'm not sure exactly what direction I want to pursue with this project. I have a few options. There are a few designs that are being considered and these will need to be built in-house from scratch (a huge job!). Another option is to bring a HPA over from Germany. Velair was built by Peter Frank in 1989 and requires at least 255 watts to maintain flight for at least 3 hours which is way beyond my ability for going after the impossible 115 km MIT Daedalus record.

I have spoken to Executive Vice President Al Krause from the IHPVA and Chris Roper, the IHPVA Vice President for Air records. They have agreed to set up a new record category that would be similar in spirit to the existing 24 hour human powered distance records for both land and water. Since accumulated flight distance in 24 hours is counted, I would be allowed to land and take-off as many times in 24 hours as I wanted - exactly the same rules that allowed for pit stops during my 24 HPV record in Critical Power as I made my way around the 1/4 mile oval race track in Eureka California, and the 24 hour human powered boat record in Whitefish where I circled a 5.79 km loop on Whitefish Lake in Montana.

Of course, the clock would continue to tick during the stops and only miles of actual flight would be counted (wheels off the ground). I'm thinking that a dry lake bed or the salt flats would work for this. Even better would be a frozen lake in the winter near sea level. I could use some sort of light weight skis. The advantage with this approach is density altitude - the air is much thicker at sea level when it is cold and the power required for lift is reduced.



One of the issues is getting the HPV over here from Germany which would require a container ship and cost about $5000. Still, far less expensive than building from scratch.

Well, that's all for now. I'll send out another update and let you know how the big keynote went. I'm getting excited!!

Cheers,
Greg

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My new ride!

Check out the new ride! The Nocom lowracer from Velokraft.
More about the bike at Warren's site.



The Nocom is made by Velokraft out of Krakow, Poland. There are only a hand full of these radical bikes in North America - and probably the world.

My Nocom is pretty extreme because it is unpainted to save some weight. It definitely has that "ratrod" look. It needs a lot of mods to make it really fast. Mostly with the tiller bar - too make wires and that position puts my arms in not the best aero position. I have some radical ideas about how to possibly change that. It will be fun playing around with it.

You can see in the photo above that my arms are not in the most ideal aerodynamic position. I would like to see if I can develop some kind of steering system (maybe remote steering, or maybe a tiller) that stretches my arms all the way forward and down.


The reason I purchased the Nocom is for a couple of reasons:

1. My M5 is on it's last legs. I've put thousands and thousands of miles on that work horse and it is literally falling apart. To get it back into decent shape would require some work, but I am ready for something faster and lighter.

2. My winter training project is to ramp up my hour power (CP60) to something above 250 watts. Right now it's something like 260 to 270 watts for 20 minutes which is probably quite average. I've had my 20 minute power as high as 300 watts, but that was on the Cervelo tri bike. I would like to try to get it back up there on the Nocom and my coach Jason Yanota is helping me.

The reason I am working on my short distance power is I would like to take a shot at the unfaired recumbent hour record. The current record holder is Sean Costin who pedalled his Nocom 47.89 km (29.76 miles) on September 1, 2007 at the Home Depot velodrome in Los Angeles. Here is the YouTube video of Sean's recumbent hour record:



I know that the UCI hour record is way higher at 56.375 km for the 'best human performance category' and 49.7 km for the UCI legal category. And that is with a regular upright time-trial bike, but the recumbent hour distances are slowly moving higher. Old farts like me and Sean need to start pushing those distances up and maybe someday a REAL athlete will take a shot at it and blow the UCI record out of the water.

My goal would be to better the current UCI legal hour record which is 49.7 km (I believe). Is that possible? I'm really not sure. There is no drag coefficient data available for the Nocom and even if there were, my nocom would feature different handle bars, 2 disc wheels with a glued-on tubular on the rear, converted to a single speed with no breaks - basically a very minimal configuration and I would be able to take advantage of the low Crr of a wood velodrome track. So, I really need to get this Nocom into super speedy shape and run some power tests on a smooth velodrome track somewhere to get an idea of exactly where my power needs to be to challenge 50 kph.

Here is a great list of all the hour records through history:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hour_record

And my final little bit of news is that the IHPVA (International Human Powered Vehicle Association) has just ratified my 245.16 km, 24 hour human powered boat distance record from September 8th, 2008 on Whitefish Lake in Montana. It has been ratified by both Guinness and the IHPVA.

LATE BREAKING NEWS:

OOPS! I spoke too soon and hadn't been paying attention (typical). I just posted a new blog update announcing my plans to challenge Sean Costin's 47.89 km hour record and was immediately notified that Seans record was just broken in the Netherlands by Gert-Jan Wijers who went over 50 km!!

It looks like Bram Moens from M5 (makers of my M5 lowracer) had recumbent cyclist Gert-Jan Wijers ride his new M5 HIGH racer to a record 50.389 kilometers for the hour on October 24, 2008 on a velodrome track in the Netherlands.

Oh well, the bar has been raised. This will be TOUGH!!!! Yikes!!!

Here is the YouTube video of Gert-Jan's record ride:



And here are some additional photos of my NoCom:









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