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YOU are invited to be part of this world record attempt

Thank you all for your input and advice regarding my sponsorship offerings. In the end, my conclusion was that it is as important to build a community of support as it is to raise the capital that I require to pull it off.

http://www.pedaltheocean.com/sponsorship

Therefore, I have decided to sell "Across With Greg" sponsorships that include your name on the expedition boat WiTHiN at an very affordable level of $30. I am also offering packages of 3 and 5 names for $75 and $100. I figure this might make a cool Christmas gift, so with each purchase you get a nice printed folding card that describes what the Pedal the Ocean Atlantic record attempt expedition is about, and features the recipient's name that will be printed on the boat.


I am also selling T-shirt + "Across With Greg" name packages for $100, and premium expedition gear packages for $150.



I have received quite a bit of interest from small businesses interested in having their logos displayed on WiTHiN for an affordable price level. I am offering a small business or group sponsorship package which include your company logo on the boat for $250 - pretty reasonable I think. These small business packages include a framed plaque signifying your companies support for the expedition.


I have also developed additional sponsorship products that range in price from $400 to a title sponsor position for $25,000.


I think you will find the online store easy to use. I accept VISA, MasterCard and PayPal. All sponsorships include a 10% donation to KidPower.

To challenge the current 43 day human powered Atlantic crossing record, I estimate it will end up costing me over $200,000. If any of you are interested, I can provide you with a breakdown of the budget. Assistance in the form of sponsorship income is GREATLY appreciated, but I also value the support you all have given me and hopefully will continue to give me in other, non-financial ways. Just being out there listening and offering your feedback helps me more than you can know! THANK YOU!

If you can't join me as an official sponsor, then perhaps you could pass the web site URL along to some friends who you think might be interested in Pedal The Ocean record attempt and/or my KidPower school education program. If we can get news of my quest spread in a viral way, then $30 per name can really add up!!!

Adding this as a signature in your email is also something that would help:

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Be part of a WORLD RECORD.
Support Greg's quest to become the
fastest human to cross the Atlantic ocean
under his own power with a $30 "Across With Greg"
sponsorship that includes YOUR NAME on his boat "WiTHiN".
http://www.pedaltheocean.com/sponsorship
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The sponsorship main page where you can make your purchases is here:
http://www.pedaltheocean.com/sponsorship/index.html

A list of current Across with Greg and corporate sponsors is here:
http://www.pedaltheocean.com/Sponsors/index.html

The main Pedal the Ocean web site is here:
http://www.pedaltheocean.com/index.html

To stay on top of my progress, the Blog web site is here:
http://www.adventuresofgreg.com/HPB/HPBmain.html

More information on KidPower can be found here:
http://www.pedaltheocean.com/kidpower/index.html

I thank you for your support. I'm not sure I would be doing this if it wasn't for you. (well, I probably still would, but it wouldn't be nearly as fun!).

Best regards,
Greg Kolodziejzyk

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Redefining scary


Redefining scary - 600 kids from grade 1 to 9

Jerry Seinfeld once talked about a poll that had been conducted in which Americans said that their number one fear was public speaking, and that the fear of death was number five. He said, "...that would mean that at a funeral, people are five times more likely to want to be in the casket than giving the eulogy. "

Theresa has arranged four KidPower presentations so far this school year, two keynote year opening speeches, and two smaller groups. The interaction style of my regular kidPower school presentation has served me well, and this year was my first foray into the keynote format where I just yak on and on for 60 minutes. The keynote is tough - super tough. And it's not going nearly as well as I would like. I'm finding it very difficult to keep the kids attention for a whole 60 minutes of blabbing on and on... That definitely needs work and it is one of my goals this year.

My most recent keynote was at the Glenmore Christian Academy on Tuesday. I was almost late due to unexpected morning rush hour traffic and anxiously waiting at the back door as I pulled up in the packed Suburban were my sis Theresa and the school administrator. I wasn't stressed, as we've done this enough times now that I knew we could do a full set-up in about 15 minutes or less.

The administrator took me back stage - yes, back stage. GCA has a stage so big, it has an actual back-stage, curtains, spot lights, control room, etc. When we walked out onto the stage, it was freaking HUGE! I couldn't believe it. Teared rows of seats like an auditorium with seating for 550. She told me that it was a big day at GCA, and they had speakers lined up all day to speak to select groups of kids in various class rooms through out the school. This is where I thought she would let me know which class-room small group I was expected to speak to. Nope. She informed me that I was their feature key note speaker. I would be speaking to the entire student and staff population of 600 - yup - 600! gulp! Grades K to 9. For 60 minutes. In 15 minutes.

Yikes!

The presentation started off with a 15 minute introduction from Jungle Jim Hunter - a local Calgary celebrity and downhill ski Bronze medalist at the 1972 Winter Olympic games in Sapporo, Japan. Jim is an accomplished, confident and experienced speaker. Just the guy you want to follow. Right...


In the end, I guess I did OK, but I don't think all that great. Certainly not like I would like. My goal is to ROCK the house. Anything less is a failure in my opinion. There were moments where I could tell I was starting to bore the kids, and that is my sign that I have failed. My job is to keep them riveted for 60 minutes. I know that K-9 is a tough crowd, but still... I have to learn how to do this better.

Our usual KidPower presentations are to groups of about 50 to 100 kids sitting on the gym floor, and both Theresa and I have this down to a science and it works great - We rock. Plenty of interaction, question/answers, discussion, some participation and only the raw facts about Critical Power, WiTHiN, the Atlantic and Ironman. This kids really dig that, and it is truly a lot of fun.

The keynote really needs work. That's my Ironman for this year. I's like to find a coach/mentor.

My sister Theresa is doing a fantastic job organizing these events for me. I am lucky to have someone like that working with me. Without her, KidPower would simply NOT exist.



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Human Power Rocks Nextfest!

John, Ben and I are back from NextFest and it was a blast! WAY more work than any of us expected though, but well worth it.

The highlight for me was being interviewed by Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers and TV hit series Rockstar: Supernova) for Indie103.1 fm, a popular Los Angeles radio station. Those who know me, know how much I love my music, so to get a chance to sit and chat live on the air with a rock and roll super star was pretty freaking cool! Dave is really into human power and is an avid runner.



I was amazed at the general public's reaction to Critical Power and the 24 hour distance record - even in the shadow of some pretty impressive displays like solar cars, jet packs and robots. We had a sign on CP that read "World Record 650 miles - 24 hours by human power" which always stopped people in their tracks and generated tons of questions. They just could not fathom 650 miles on a bicycle - many had never even driven their cars 650 miles in a day. I didn't stop talking for 4 days! I think this kind of publicity is very good for human power in general. Perhaps it will get more people thinking about riding their bikes again. Or maybe they'll just all want an electric drag bike like the Killacycle.


Our neighbor at the show was Bill Dube with the world record A123 Killacycle electric drag bike. We had dinner with him and his crew on Friday night where he talked about what could go wrong during a press burn-out demo he planned the following day. The next day Bill's scary prediction came true and during the burn out, the Killacycle took-off and smashed into a parked car sending Bill to the hospital. Here is the video. Bill ended up with some minor injuries including some stitches on his head.



For the first few hours on Thursday and Friday, thousands of kids on school tours swarmed through NextFest. The simulator was wildly popular with line-ups that stretched across the Transportation Pavilion. The simulator held-up very well and worked flawlessly thanks to Ben's awesome workmanship and design.



At NextFest, Google made a big announcement that they were sponsoring the new Lunar X prize where a team must successfully land a privately funded craft on the lunar surface and survive long enough to complete the mission goals of roaming about the lunar surface for at least 500 meters. The prize is $30 million clams.


Not to be outdone by Google, we made an announcement of our own called the Lunar AOG prize. FIVE BILLION dollars (yep - that's BILLION) for the first human powered trip to the moon. John figured that if we deposited 7 dollars into an account, by the time someone succeeds at a human powered trip to the moon, that 7 bucks should be close to 5 billion.


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Simulator update



Ben has been making great progress on the new SolidWorks CriticalPower simulator for Wired Magazines NEXTfest show and also for our new season of KidPower presentations. Critical Power will be on display in the "future of transportation" pavilion at Nextfest from Sept 13 to 16.

We purchased a cheap recumbent exercise bike to use as a starting point. Ben added his wooden recumbent seat at the same seat angle as Critical Power, and we welded on a vertical tube which will hold the large flat screen monitors. The vertical 'mast' also holds a flexible computer monitor arm which we welded steering controls to. This arm works GREAT! It allows us to easily move the handle bars forward or back depending upon the size of the rider. A tiltable flat screen monitor will be mounted onto the computer monitor arm just above the steering bar.


This image shows the monitor arm fully retracted with the seat in the most forward (little kids)


The image shows the monitor arm pulled all the way out with the seat in the rear position (tall people)



The above image shows the the rough concept of how the steering bar will control the steering thumb knob on the Xbox controller.


This is a screen shot from the Xbox game that we use called Mid Town Madness. It's perfect for the simulator because you can 'drive' your streamliner anywhere you want in the virtual city while smashing into other cars and pedestrians. The kids absolutely love it. And now that you can pedal up to 150 watts WHILE steering your virtual streamliner through the streets, it should way more fun!

We are also wiring up a heart rate monitor and wattage indicator.

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St Gregory school presentation


I did a school presentation today to St. Gregory's school - Two actually, one to the grade 6's and the second to the grade 8's. The second was kind of scary because it was by far the oldest crowd I have presented to yet. You are cool in junior high, and the drill for being cool is you need to be pretty critical of older dudes who build wacky human powered machines and ride them around race tracks to set records. However, I think the kids really digged what I did, as they had tons of really great questions for me.

I haven't been counting but I would imagine I've done at least a dozen schools by now. The presentations are getting much better I think. The nervousness is gone now, and the content is more pertinent to what a kid wants/needs to hear. I change the slide show every week or so in an effort to respond to how the kids react to my obesity epidemic message. In thinking back to what it was when I started, I would have to say that I am getting a lot more brash - in your face kind of thing. That's what I am finding really gets the attention. I can raise my voice and get a bit emotional about what I am trying to impress upon them - that feels good, and they really listen. Weather or not they will incorporate my message into their lives is another matter. I really hope so, but I'm happy with knowing that perhaps I will strengthen the resolve of a few who might already be fitness minded, and maybe even motivate a few of the others to walk rather than drive next time they visit a friend next door.

One of the recent slides added to my presentation is in response to something that one of the teachers commented on a couple of weeks ago. She seemed to think that my preaching about becoming more active was "easy for me to say", because she, like so many other 'busy' people in our modern society had kids to raise, a full time job to work, and no time for doing ironman races or pedaling a human powered boat across the ocean.

So, I went deep into our home video archives and dug up this really great new shot of 200 pound Greg. Check it out:


yep - that is me about 10 years ago at very close to 200 pounds. I had a 'full time job', very young kids that Helen and I were busy raising, and certainly no time to do the crazy things I now fill my days up with.

But... it was right about then, or shortly there after that I decided that I really wanted to start to enjoy some other things that I used to love doing - running, riding and leading a far more 'physical' life. As a result, I knew that I needed to get into better shape. I was weight lifting then, but for sure I was lugging at least 30 pounds of fat around. I was also sick all the time. I felt that my general health wasn't all that great. Common colds always turned into bronchial infections that lasted for 6 weeks, and my Asthma and hay fever was getting worse as I aged rather than better.

I figured it was about time to make becoming fit and healthy a priority in my life. And so I did. That was a good 10 years ago. Today I am hovering around 155 pounds, I get sick on average about once per year and it doesn't last long. My Asthma disappeared about 3 years ago and I am no longer allergic to anything. My energy levels are higher and I generally feel pretty darn good most of the time. At 46 years old, I can probably out perform the majority of today's 20 year old dudes and that makes me feel younger for sure. That's a good thing for a guy who will turn 50 in only 4 years (YIKES!).

I'm not boasting - really. I don't care what you think of me. The point I am trying to make - to you possibly, but to the kids I speak to, is that if you want to continue enjoying life as you age, then let my advice be your fountain of youth. Hey, my asthma could return tomorrow, I could get really sick and It is possible that I could suffer a heart attack, stroke or get cancer next week. All of those things are possible and I know that. This is about MITIGATING the risks. It is a well known fact that obesity causes a large variety of health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and who knows how many other interrelated medical conditions! By leading a life with fitness as an important aspect, you are GREATLY reducing these risks. But more importantly, you FEEL BETTER! You have more fun doing cool physical things you love to do - roller skate, dance, work out at your gym, walk the dog, play soccer - what ever. You will also have more energy when doing the other stuff like paying attention during a board meeting, or fitting in one more item on your todo list. It's how we were hard-wired - human beings were HARD-WIRED to be ACTIVE - every day. We short circuit when we are inactive.

Cheers,
Greg K

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New BLOG look, drive leg and KIDPOWER


First - welcome to the new look for the PedalTheOcean.com BLOG! Let me know what you think. Pat from RaceRecon and I have been working on a new web site for the PedalTheOcean expedition. We'll launch http://www.pedaltheocean.com soon! Part of that process is revising the BLOG to this new look! It's based on Google Blogger, but I will have the pages automatically FTP'ed to the PedalTheOcean.com server rather than Google like they are now (this is just temporary). The advantages to this new approach are many:

1. Using the Google web application to post blog entries is SUPER easy! Way, easier than before. Plus, since it is web based, I can BLOG from anywhere in the world.

2. I can send a BLOG post from email, or from my camera phone, the satellite phone or my rugged Recon PDA.

3. Each blog post is a single html page including the index to the blog updates and does not contain old fashioned frames (my grandpa tells tales of how they used to use html frames a way back in the olden days).

4. Your comments can be posted directly onto the blog update page. I hope this will invite more feedback and even some dialog between all of you rather than just me and you. To leave a comment, just click on the talk bubble icon below the headline for this blog update.

Let me know what you think.

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I was welding so much I got a sun burn on my arms - forgot to wear long sleeves. Well, the stainless steel drive leg is almost done. It works pretty well - The SRM chain ring pulls the chain through a 1/2" diameter stainless tube which runs down to a cog mounted on the right angle gear box. The two 1/2" round tubes keep the chain guided all the way around. It fits so tight in there, that it would be impossible to derail the chain.



The square tube 'T' that you see in the photo above was to keep everything square until I had it all solidly welded together. Then I welded in a third 1/2" round tube on top of the square tube and cut the square tube out. This was to keep the profile of the leg very narrow to slip though the water. As it is, it's only 1/2" wide down to the gearbox which is sort of big. I'll build a fiberglass fairing for the struts and the gear box.



The action is OK, there is a bit of chain rattling along the chain guide tubes, but I know that won't even amount to a fraction of a watt of loss.

I am concerned about making it water tight. The gear housing at the bottom is theoretically water tight - ie: I fabricated stainless steel that fits snugly all around the gear box, but I know there will be leaks - even after I bolt the gear box on using rubber gaskets. I still need to make a removable cap for the front of the gear housing, and this also needs to be water tight.

I could just cover the whole structure permanently with epoxy, micro and fiberglass. that would certainly make it water proof, but it would also prevent me from servicing it which I don't like. I can't see why there would ever be any reason to service it unless the chain broke and got stuck in there. As it is, if the chain breaks and can be pulled out, I can thread a new chain through by just spinning the prop which turns the cog which winds the chain around.

The other option is to build the fiberglass fairing enclosure such that it is water proof, but hollow and can be removed to gain access to the drive leg mechanicals. Not sure how to do that easily.



Rick W. was worried that eliminating the heavier square tube and replacing it with the small round tube would allow the leg to flex, but these round tubes are fairly thick and I can't even bend it or twist it a bit if I jumped on it. I was going to brace the 3 round struts with cross bracing, but I really don't think it is required. It's pretty beefy and solid. I was also going to wrap stainless sheeting around the strut, but I don't think that is necessary- I'll just let the fiberglass fairing seal that up.


I think I will leave the drive leg as it is for now. It's ready to be mounted in Within and tested thoroughly. I'll fair it later when I figure out what to do about making it water proof.

Next on the agenda is to add a couple more layers of glass to the Hayak hull. I weighed the deck and it is about 50 pounds which is right about what I expected. The kayak hull weighs less and we'll be adding ballast to the hull floor anyhow, so I don't see the harm in adding some additional weight to the hull in the form of a thicker skin.

Then I want to build the drive leg well (that holds the drive leg in place), the seat and seat rails. Then I need to work on the rudder, then the bulk heads. Last but not least, i need to figure out how I am going to hinge that canopy top and how I'm going to add a window to it.

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The KidPower school program is sort of taking off. I am booking a school presentation every two weeks. My sisters Theresa and Carol, sister in-law Jennifer and Helen are managing the bookings, and other logistics for me. If you are in Calgary, have a child in grade school and would like me to visit, just have the teacher send Theresa an email.

The plan with KidPower is to take it nation wide. I'm now in the process of developing a template that we can duplicate across the country. If we raise what we need to make this expedition happen, a percentage of what we raise will go toward making the KidPower national program a reality.

Did you see 20-20 last night? it was a show about risk evaluation and how we are incapable of properly evaluating risks. We are scaring ourselves to death. We are afraid to let our kids go outside to play because of fear that they will be kidnapped. The chances of being kidnapped are less than being hit by lighting TWICE! Yet, the kids stay inside playing Xbox and snacking. They get fat and this becomes a serious problem when they get older because it leads to the #1 most dangerous killer of them all- heart disease!

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Critical Power Simulator!

This worked out VERY cool and was definitely worth the effort to put it together, as it is totally the high-light of the school presentations. The short video clip above says it all. Thanks to Matt for the awesome video work, and to Jennifer for the photography and help.

Link to Quicktime Video

The simulator is based on an Xbox game called "Midtown Madness". In the game, you drive a vehicle around a 3D city with other traffic, pedestrians and miscellaneous obstacles. If you hit another vehicle or pedestrian, they will go flying out of the way. People on the streets sense when you are approaching and they scream for their lives and run away. You can drive up onto sidewalks, over grassy parks or even into the ocean. The virtual city seems very extensive and I have yet to explore the entire environment.

To connect the Critical Power steering bar to the Xbox controller, I bonded a plastic lever to the Xbox thumb control and it is activated with a brake cable that is connected to the steering bar. It works amazingly well - very sensitive, but super easy to steer.

The video monitor is a cheap mini-DVD player system I picked up at an electronics discount store. It came with 2 external monitors which is really convenient because as the kids line up to take their turn driving the simulator, they have a blast watching the current driver zoom around the city.

When you are sitting in the streamliner, looking at the video monitor, you get a real sense of steering this streamliner down the street - it really is a blast!

And to add even more realism, I can slip my wind trainer rollers under the front wheel and the rider can pedal as they navigate the virtual course. It is amazing how much more real it becomes when you combine actual peddling with the virtual display.

Unfortunately, the kids have a tough time reaching the pedals. I even added some cranks to the mid drive to move the pedals closer to the seat, but it's still tough for little legs to reach that far. I'll keep working on a solution for that - if you can think of anything, let me know.

Cheers,

Greg Kolodziejzyk

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Calgary Science School kids say thanks

The Kids from the Calgary Science School sent me a package of cards they drew to thank my for the presentation. They all drew pictures of Critical Power, so I thought I would scan them in and post them here for you to enjoy! That just made my day!!!!! Thanks Calgary Science School.

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School presentation and the Childhood Obesity Foundation

Presentation for the grade 5 class at the Calgary Science School

I was invited to speak at my Nephew Nicks school on Thursday - What a blast that was! I had a great time. It was whacky hair day which is why some of the kids in the photos look a bit strange. Didn't want you to think that was the current style in Calgary or anything...

I showed Critical Power and a short introduction video I have been working on which touches a bit on the 24 hour HPV record with Critical Power, my Ironman triathlon success and the new Trans Atlantic Expedition.

After the 10 minute video I talked about some of the science behind Critical power streamliner - like aerodynamics and gearing, etc. The kids really thought that was cool.

I finished my talk with a short discussion about the obesity epidemic. I have established a relationship with the Childhood Obesity Foundation, a registered charity whose mandate is to identify, evaluate and promote best practices to avoid childhood obesity.

The focus of my health warning is that we all need to start using our human power more to avoid the health problems that stem from a sedentary lifestyle. My message to the kids is that we are living in a sort of unnatural environment where we spend most of the day sitting in a chair, working, watching TV, in front of the computer or playing video games.

Since homo sapiens first walked the planet 100,000 years ago, our natural environment probably consisted of walking the distance of a marathon every day. Our environment has undergone a dramatic change over only the last 100 years or so (probably less), and evolution can't keep pace with this drastic change in lifestyle. As a result, we're getting fat and suffering from a host of diseases associated with our sedentary ways.

To put the last 100 years compared to 100,000 years of adapting to our natural environment into perspective, I showed the kids a roll of toilet paper. "If I unrolled this entire roll of paper down the longest hallway in the school, it would be a time line that would represent 100,000 years. Now, the last 100 years would be about 1/2 of one single square of paper at the end of the roll." In truth, we have been evolving for about 3 million years. 100 years of drastic change over 3 million years of evolution would be a single, tiny square compared to 40 entire rolls of toilet paper! How on earth can our bodies adapt in only one square!

Later, the kids sent me a list of questions. I thought the questions were good, so I reprinted them here with my answers:

1. Why are you doing this?

I like to experience nature in the natural way (through physical
effort). I want to live a long, healthy and happy life, and know that
to do this, I must stay active! What better way than to devote my life
to active challenges. To really 'feel' life is to grow, and personal
growth requires continually challenging myself by venturing outside of
my comfort zone. I live to inspire and motivate others. I would like
to convince the world that they can accomplish anything they put their
minds to.

2. Are you going to do any other feats?

Always!

3. How often do you race?

This year I will do 3 Ironman races and a marathon and a half-marathon
(maybe two). You can't really do any more than 2 or 3 Ironmans a year
- way too much

4. How long have you been planning to paddle across the Atlantic?

You mean "PEDDLE". Since I got back from setting the 24 hour record in
July of 2006 (not long). When I got home after setting the record I
was in the enviable position of asking myself "OK, now what next?" I
made a list of all the adventures I have ever thought about doing and
picked the Atlantic crossing.

5. How hard was it to make your bike?

VERY hard. Harder than you would think. When I started, I didn't even
own a single tool! I bought a TIG welder after about 20 minutes of
instruction from the salesman and learnt it all on my own by trial and
error and asking TONS of questions! I got a LOT of help. That is one
reason why I always offer advice to others (pay back and pay forward)

6. What made you want to do this?

I used to follow the stories of a friend of mine who rowed half way
around the world! His stories about the sea were mesmerizing for me
and I always thought that was something different that I would like to
do someday.

7. How long did it take you to build the bike?

About 2 years with plenty of learning along the way

8. Will you be doing any more record breaking?

I would like to take a crack at the human powered hour record someday
possibly. That's a tough one because I am getting older (I'll be 46
years old in March) and young guys have a definite physical advantage
when it comes to short distance speed (but not as much of an advantage
for long distance endurance)

9. How did you feel inside the bike?

Cramped! But it was pretty cool to be zooming around the track in that
space capsule doing 60

10. Did you have any sponsors?

No sponsors for the 24 hour record

11. Did you build more than one car/bike?

Yes, I built a velomobile to start with so I could learn more about
how to build bikes like this. Pictures of the "Rocket" velomobile are
here:

http://www.adventuresofgreg.com/RocketMain.html

12. What are you going to do after you cross the Atlantic Ocean?

Eat lots! And enjoy the things that we all take for granted: A warm,
dry bed to sleep in, fresh fruit, a roof over our heads, green grass,
trees and most of all I get to re-enjoy my family and friends!

13. What was it like to be in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii?

Pretty hard core! And humbling! The best in the world go there. I had
a 70 year old man pass me on the run. In the swim I was passed by a
BLIND person, then a one-legged man!!!!

14. Are you nervous about crossing the ocean?

oh ya!!

15. What was the hardest part of the bike invention and record breaking?

Well, probably designing and building a bike capable of breaking the
record. There was plenty of trial and error and many very frustrating
moments! But, you learn how to persevere and finish what you start!
I'm glad I did because there were many, many times I wanted to give
up.

16. How much will your boat cost?

I think the whole expedition might cost between $100,000 t0 $200,000

17. Do you consider the dangers of crossing the oceans?

Yes. I did an assessment:
http://www.adventuresofgreg.com/HPB/09-27-06.html and
http://www.adventuresofgreg.com/HPB/09-29-06.html

As I said in my video: sitting on the couch and watching TV or playing
video games eating junk food all the time is WAY, WAY, WAY more
dangerous!!!!

18. Do you get paid for breaking records?

Nope - I wish!

19. What do you do to train?

Ride my bike, ride my bike, ride my bike, ride my bike. Then I ride my bike.

20. What is the top speed of the boat?

We don't know yet, but we hope that it's cruising speed will be about 9 kph.

21. Will Critical Power be used again? For what?

If I need to defend my record, I may take another shot at the 24 hour
record with Critical Power.

22. Once you are done the boat, what will you do?

Test it. I plan on taking the next couple of summers and going to the
ocean off Vancouver and Victoria to learn more about what it is like
to be on the ocean for extended periods of time. I also need to learn
more about how my boat Within will handle rough ocean conditions. This
knowledge will then be used to build a brand new boat that will be
much stronger and may be built by a professional boat builder.

23. Are you going to try anything out of the boat?

Sorry - I don't understand the question??

24. How do you get enough money to make your bike and your boat?

Well, I worked very hard for many, many years at a couple of
businesses that I started when I was young. I was lucky to be able to
sell one to a very big software company called Adobe.

25. Do you do anything else for a living?

nope

26. How do you feel about your upcoming journey?

Kind of scared

27. How do you go to the bathroom in Critical Power?

I have a bathroom right on-board! A flexible tube allows 'waste' to run into a collection bag which gets pumped out at a pit stop.

28. What do you like most about completing so many projects?

You know - it really isn't at all about the destination, but oh, so
much about the journey! Can you tell me what you think that means?

29. How did you feel about being very healthy compared to many other
kids that are not very healthy?

Wow - lots of questions! I want to help kids become healthy and more
importantly, to teach them that they have to start becoming more
active NOW, because it becomes habit forming at this young age. When
they get older is when the real problems start and it becomes very
hard to change bad habits.

30. What other adventures would you like to go on?

One of you nailed it yesterday: To build a human powered airplane!

31. Are you nervous to use the human powered boat across the ocean?

Yep!

32. Will you still beat more records after you go across the ocean?

I hope so!

33. Do you think you could get more world records?

I hope so!

34. Are you ever going to become a pro triathlete?

No - I'm way too old.

35. Are you planning to do other Ironmans?

Yes - I would like to continue to do them. I'm doing THREE more this
year alone and hope to qualify for Hawaii again. It's an addicting
sport!

36. Do you do any other sports rather than triathlon?

Marathons, 10 km races, 5 km races and half marathons.

37. What inspired you to design and build a bike and pedal for 24 hours?

This is really strange, but believe it or not, it was an article in
Popular Science Magazine that I read about 10 years ago. It inspired
me so much that I never forgot it.

This is a topic for another presentation: I believe that it is your
INSPIRATION that makes things come true for you. That Pop Sci article
inspired me and I was able to visualize myself winning a record
someday in a cool looking bike like the one I saw in the magazine. Not
only did that come true, but I also got into the magazine!!! And, I
never even called them. They contacted me out of the blue - they heard
about it off the news wire and initiated contact with me.

38. Do you have a trademark on your inventions?

No - probably no new technology worth protecting

39. Why do you make records and set challenges?

Like I said, we have to continue to challenge ourselves

40. Will you use your bike again and break your own record?

Yes, I would like to do that someday. I have VERY fond memories about
both record attempts

41. Will you build other things (besides the boat)?

Maybe an HPA (do you know what that stands for?)

42. Do you always think you can do it?

No, but I am not afraid of failing.

43. What will your boat be called?

"Within" because human power is the power from within

44. I wonder what you are going to do after traveling in the Atlantic Ocean?

sleep

45. What/who is the biggest inspiration you have or had?

Two fictional characters:

This is funny, but true:

1. Forest Gump because he wasn't afraid to try anything
2. Kramer from Seinfeld because everything he did, he did with ALL of
his heart and sole.

46. Where did your interest in obesity education stem from?

It is a serious problem and I feel like I can help make a difference
by inspiring others to become active.

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