• 11th January 2010 - By greg
    INDOOR SEA TRIALS? HUH?I am composing this blog post in my shop right now sitting in WiTHiN pedaling away trying to complete a 24 hour simulation. I started at 8:00 am (Monday 11h) and at 8:00 am tomorrow morning I will climb out o the sleeping cabin and go have a shower. I’m almost at 4 hours now and so far, so good.

    My first task this morning was to spend 35 minutes hand-pumping my manual desalinator to make some water for breakfast. That was a valuable exercise because I found a position to hold the manual pump and was able to pedal at the same time. It wasn’t that bad – I could see doing that for an hour a day maybe first thing in the morning.

    Then I fired up my JetBoil camp stove and made some dehydrated scrambled eggs for breakfast, and a cup of hot instant coffee. I spent the next couple of hours going over emails and making up this blog post. Here are some photos of the ACTION!

    The plan is to pedal 4 hour shifts with 30 minute or so breaks between. I think I’ll stop pedaling at 8 or 10 pm, have a snack, then hit the sack in the cabin.

    I’m going to continue to Twitter, Facebook and blog throughout the day, so stay tuned.

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  • 5 Comments to “Indoor sea trials”

    • Guy Gilbert on January 11, 2010

      I think I should give some news of Quebec too.

      Last week has been a busy one in our ice canoe sport. The Port of Quebec administration wanted to prohibit doing ice cano by night in the surrounding of the Port. The reason they gave was that we can’t see by night. With the snow and ice reflecting 90% of the light, the reason was not well supported in the reality.

      I agree a little bit in the fact these people are worried to be responsible for an accident in the port area, but I don’t want any complication in an activity working well for centuries in The Quebec environment, without these rules. So we had a first activity with medias last Wednesday by night, showing the cameras were working well and canoes easy to see at 600 meters on the river. And last Friday, we had a negociation meeting with the port administration, with medias waiting for us out of the building.

      I do not appreciate personnally this way of doing things, but this gave results and a fair compromise has been defined. It is a little bit crazy, an old man with white hair, explaining to these young men what is a fair judgment in matter of security.

      So, I apologize in not giving too often news these days, but we are busy too.

    • David Tangye on January 11, 2010

      I wonder if there is any little air-cleansing device on the market these days, perhaps based on NASA technology. It would have a market in yachts, and would be especially useful in there if a sufficiently small unit were available. It should work using a tiny current draw for a tiny fan. Perhaps you can research this over the ‘net to wile away a few hours in there. Fresh air below is good to have offshore especially when the seas are lumpy.

    • Daniel Woods on January 11, 2010

      Hi Greg,

      I have been following you for over a year. You are living a dream. I’m excited for your crossing. Watching you prepare so well over the past months is a great example for any undertaking. You are planning for success. Without all the testing you have done, you may have had several disasters. I don’t know if you can browse the internet while you are pedaling away in your training, but you might enjoy some of the ocean photography I do here in San Diego, CA. http://www.beachshoot.com

      Keep up the great work,

      Daniel Woods

    • greg on January 12, 2010

      daniel: thanks for the diversion. amazing phtos

    • anth on January 12, 2010

      I would try taking along some real food if you have any extra room

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