July 19

July 19, 2006

"No human has travelled further under their own power in one day than Greg Kolodziejzyk."

It's a bold statement, but that's basically what it comes down to. We started the clock at about 9:15 am on Wednesday, July 19th and finished at the exact same time on Thursday, July 20th travelling 1046.94 km (650.5 miles) beating Axel Fehlau's previous record of 1021.36 km from 1995. We set two world records - the 24 hour human powered distance record and the mega-meter record which is the fastest time for 1000 km (million meters).

It was the hardest thing I've ever done. Richard Bach said: "Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can." I believe that is so true. There is nothing special about me aside from my tenacity and a bit of boldness. You can accomplish anything if you really want it, believe in yourself and are willing to do the work. What do YOU want to do?

We just got back to Calgary last night. I need a few days to consolidate all of the vide clips and photos. I'll post a full 'race report' later this week. For now, here are some photos:

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John working on the loose steering arm

Ben polishing the shells

Ben and John strengthened the steering arm with epoxy and wire. It worked!

Al's new car phone.

Wednesday morning before the start. It was the same thing as Alabama - I didn't want to do any 'warm-up' test laps. I just wanted to get the show on the road. I was facing a VERY long day ahead.

Getting me in, and hooked up.

The left hand shell goes on.

I am locked into my home for the next 24 hours. No room to turn my head even a millimeter, and barely enough room to lift my hand up to scratch my nose. My elbows and shoulders were jammed into the fairing sides and I have nice red scars on my elbows and shoulders from 24 hours of rubbing.

I can see just over the top of the streamliner and my iPod is so close to my face, that I can't focus my eyes to read the LCD screen. If I look down and have Critical Power on the track at exactly the right angle to the sun, I can catch quick glimpse of my speed, watts and heart rate.

Critical Power is all ready to go.

At this point, all I want to do is get going. I have a very long day ahead of me.

This My dad Rudi and HPVA official Rob Hitchcock in the timing tent

Left hand turns....

Rob Hitchcock and HPVA official Raymond Gage in the timing tent.

Critical Power speedbike crosses the timing tapes.

My daughter Krista holds up a whiteboard notifying me that I had just completed 800 laps.

Helen and Krista taking a break sometime during the night. Most of the crew stayed up all night long!!!

Krista showing me 600 miles!

DONE! Do I look toasted or what?

War torn Greg. The 24 hours is finished and I'm decompressing a bit before rolling out of the streamliner. I hit Axels record at 23.5 hours and really hammered for the final 30 minutes to add as much distance as possible. My speeds for the final half hour were about the same as the speed for the first half hour - between 50 to 58 kph. I was able to add 25 km to Axels record in the last half hour.


I'm happy, but very smelly.


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