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  • Running the West Coast trail

    I’ve always thought that a person needs to do one thing every year that scares the crap out of them. I’m very happy to have checked that item off my to do list for this year!I just ran the West Coast Trail – solo. Here is my story: And here is the VIDEO: My day […]

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  • Running Assiniboine and the West Coast Trail

    I have been really bad about keeping my blog up to date, and I feel like I need to start getting back into a routine of posting regularily. I do enjoy sharing, and I value feedback, and discussion, but for me blogging is a really great way to organize and prioritize my goals. My blog […]

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  • Koa: Hawaiian for “Bold“ Thanks for your suggestions regarding a new name for the boat. You had some really great ideas that were definitely responsible for sparking some deeper thought of my own. When I sat down a couple of years ago with the intent of developing a keynote speech, I did some pondering about […]

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  • Please weigh-in on your choice of paint color: Choice #1: Viper Bright Orange Pearl Choice #2: Crayola Crayon Skin Color We liked the skin color idea so much, that we just went ahead and painted her skin color. Yes, this is an attempt at being funny. The photo above is just the beige colored epoxy […]

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  • Lost Sole 1, Greg 0

    According to Wikipedia, a “Coulee” is: Coulees are generally deep steep-sided ravines formed by erosion, commonly found in the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada. If you try to run across Coulees, they will destroy you, crush you, and you will hurt. And they will make you cry like a baby. (OK – so maybe […]

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  • I just finished posting a new YouTube video of the very first lake trials. Enjoy: []

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  • Lake trials!

    WiTHiN hits the water for the first time! No surprises at the lake today which is good news! Loading into the water was a snap – good thing I made the 8′ tongue extender. It worked perfectly and WiTHiN slid off the bunks into the water. The drive to the reservoir was a bit bouncy. […]

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  • Hatches & port lights on, not painted yet, no electronics, no equipment – still TONS to do, but she is ready to see water for the first time! This is a view from inside the cockpit facing the stern. You can see the cabin hatch which is open to the side (like a door). This […]

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  • I cannot believe that we will actually be ready for the very first lake trials on Sunday! By looking at these shots taken today, you might not believe it either, but we are much closer to finishing than it might appear. There won’t be any paint on WiTHiN, or electronics or equipment aside from the […]

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  • I’ve been trying to figure out how to mount the VHF radio antenna, my AIS antenna, GPS antenna, Navigation light, radar reflector. that’s a lot of stuff up high which is not great for windage and offsets what we are trying to accomplish with the keel bulb which is required for stability. So, I posted […]

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  • The new PedalTheOcean.com web site is now up and running! What’s new: Let’s give away 3000 bikes to 3000 kids! Goal: 3000 bikes for 3000 kids in 3000 miles Currently 1 in 3 of North American children are overweight. The health care costs associated with this issue cost Americans over $13 billion a year, and […]

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  • There comes a time in every project where I am teetering between feeling like everything is totally out of control and very near complete disaster, and feeling the excitement of being so close to completing a significant benchmark. I’m there right now. And I’m also being a bit dramatic. Things are nowhere near ‘crazy out […]

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  • Be careful what you wish for

    The photo above is from July 4 (almost 4 weeks ago) near Frank slide shortly after the start of a VERY long trail race – the 147 km Sinister 7 ultramarathon. My first attempt at running this distance resulted in having to drop out after about 19 hours and 120 km with severe blisters. It […]

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  • me in the bow storage compartment turned guest room I had a great idea the other day while on a hike up Big Mountain. It occurred to me that WiTHiN is easily big enough to hold TWO people – one could sit in the cockpit and pedal while the other relaxes in the cabin spotting […]

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  • WiTHiN upside down on a new stand. The bleeder protective covering has now been removed from the hull bottom As far as big jobs go for right now, all that is left is building the drive leg / keel bay, carbon taping the exterior seems, and joining the cabin top. Paint & body work, sealing […]

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  • I’ve been posting fewer blogs showing progress of the human powered expedition boat WiTHiN, not because we haven’t been making progress, but the progress isn’t visually as impressive as it once was when we were making the big parts. Now it’s small things that take a lot of time. For example, it took a couple […]

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  • I presented my keynote speech twice to two different groups over the last month – a group of graduating grade 9 students with faces of stone and a local Toast Masters group for their year end luncheon who seemed fascinated and engaged. Boy, life as a motivational speaker really keeps the ego in check! After […]

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  • Hamburger Feet – the Sinister 7 ultramarathon

    “No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.” ~ Charles Kettering There was a storm and I got off my ship. It was my second dreaded DNF (did not finish) in my athletic career – the first was the 24 hour human powered distance record […]

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  • Here is a nifty little animation I whipped up showing the computer model of WiTHiN blending into the actual boat in my shop. And the big news for the week is the drive leg is here! MitrPak built it and they did an awesome job! The ‘T’ gear box at the top has a Shimano […]

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  • My back yard

    If you don’t live here (Calgary), I am sorry and I don’t mean to rub this in your face or anything, but check out the pictures from my Saturday training run with my buddy Bryon. Bryon Howard and me at the 9100 feet summit of Mount Allen in Kananaskis It has been a long-time goal […]

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