• 20th December 2010 - By greg

    Wow – it has been a while hey? And it’s not like I haven’t been busy – just not the kind of busy you would likely be interested in hearing detailed blog posts about. No ocean crossing expeditions, no ultra marathons, no new world record attempts.

    I’ve listed WiTHiN for sale, but I am seriously considering donating her to an organization who runs some really amazing expeditions for youth. It’s something I totally support, and I can see them putting WiTHiN to VERY GOOD USE! Stay tuned for more information as that opportunity develops.

    On the physical end of things, Helen and I ran the Las Vegas half marathon a couple of weeks ago, and in spite of some tendonitis on my ankle from the San Fransisco One Day 100 mile ultra, I exceeded my expectations with a 93 minute run.

    My next event is Ironman St George in May. My training hours are at the relatively lazy level of less than 10 hours per week, and it suits me just fine for right now. I’ll have to ramp that up after Christmas to get ready for IM in May.

    I’m thinking of getting into ski mountaineering racing – mostly as something to do outside this winter to stay fit and get fitter. We’re headed to our ski cabin in Montana after Christmas and I’m hoping to get some great ski mountaineering training in. This video shows what it’s all about.

    Attached are some photos of the shop! – you won’t recognize it! Completely renovated. It’s now my secret lair where I will plan my world domination. Or play drums and watch TV.

    The shop area below is now a flexible space where I will do some of my training with the mag trainer, etc. I put an old couch in there, and one of my drum sets is up on the catwalk. When we were building WiTHiN in the shop, we had added an extension into the garage because the shop wasn’t big enough to hold the full 30 foot length of the boat. That annex now houses a small work bench, the drill press, saw, tig welder, tool boxes, etc. A sort of mini-shop if I need it. (I imagine that if I do end up taking the whole world domination route, then I’ll probably be needing that small shop space).

    The upstairs turret is now my office. As I may have mentioned in a previous post, I have decided to become financially productive again and I needed a better office than the shared space in the family computer room that I had been using. I trade futures and commodities using computerized systems that I research and develop. If any followers are in the financial industry, or interested in what I am doing, please drop me a line.

    I would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

  • 5 Comments to “New shop / new me”

    • Ryan on December 22, 2010

      What a GORGEOUS shop/office…soooo envious!

    • Todd on December 22, 2010

      Congrats on your new shop and future adventures

    • 25hz on December 23, 2010

      Good to see that you’re still forging ahead with athletic plans. You should consider some of the more local HPRA recumbent races. It’d be a bit of a travel for you, but they are all 2 day events, and lots of fun, with good people. You could race all three of your vehicles at them too.

      I too have been mag-training since the snow hit, and to make it a little more enjoyable, I bought Netathlon and a sensor kit that turns my plain old mag-trainer and bent into a net-capable system that allows me to ride, train and race with my friends and other riders, all over the world, every day of the week (if I want(ed)) to. Lots of fun and far, far more motivating than grinding away watching a movie on TV.

    • Angela Madsen on June 3, 2011

      Hi Greg

      I am toying with the idea of going a step further than pedal and converting to hand cranck to be a parapeligic to handcycle an ocean. Still wan to do Ca to Hawaii solo row but actually considering hand cycling… how is the power ratio as compared to rowing. I imagine it would be similar to what you have done with pedaling.

    • zeev kirsh on June 27, 2012

      greg ,

      For years I’ve been following the deci-mach challenge. I know you are not interested in stored energy. However, I think with the proper energy storage system it should be relatively easy to make a HUMAN powered vehicle go above 100 miles an hour if you are willing to store energy during the early part of the ride and then release some of the energy during the approach towards breaking 100 miles an hour.

      Of course you will not be competing with Sam whittingham exactly because he’s not storing any energy—per se—other than that in the wheels and the vehicle inertia itself—-i’m talking about actual dedicated energy storage and release mechanism.

      I know it’s not ‘as interesting’ maybe to someone who is a purist dedicated exclusively to human mechanical unstored energy. But to me, I think the idea of bringing a human powered vehicle to 100 miles an hour is pretty cool just in its own right. let me know if you are interested.

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