Posts in the "24 Hour Distance Records" Category

  • I’ve been pouring over maps and the Guinness rules trying to figure out how to solve 2 problems: I need a large lake to plot a large course without tight turns so I don’t lose distance and speed as I make my way around the turns multiple times an hour. This rules out Glenmore reservoir […]

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  • Flexible Routes

    The flexible routes concept is made from 10 straight segments that connect physical landmarks (docks). Each segment has a total length as determined by a professional surveyor. I am given credit for traveling any complete segment during the 24 hours, and can only travel the segments shown on the below map. However, I am able to connect the […]

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  • Plan for a re-attempt

    I calculated the total cost of factors that decreased my average speed to be worth about .335 kph This is to say, that my actual 10.18 kph ave speed estimation for 24 hours based on Thursdays record run on Glenmore reservoir *could* be as high as (10.18 + .335 = 10.515 kph) without the impediment of these costs. The factors that caused my […]

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  • 24 hour record attempt, 2017

    What does it take to break a world record? 1. A custom made carbon fiber hull from one of the best racing hull composite guys I know from Kansas city Yancy Scroggins 2. World class human powered boat engineered by *the* industry pioneer from down-under Rick Willoughby 3. About a year of boat fabrication by […]

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  • Record attempt is ON!!

    WELL, this is on!!! Record attempt: Thursday July 13th 8:00 am to Friday July 14th, 8:00 am at the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary Wow. I’m getting so pumped up for Thursday!! I started my carb load today with a stack of pancakes and a Belgian waffle with Bryon at Humpties. I can feel the power […]

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  • Record attempt progress & Guinness rules

    I put in a 7 hour training day on the reservoir on Sunday with really encouraging results. I was able to average 10.5 kph over 6 hours on exactly 120 watts in variable conditions from 8″ waves and 15 kph winds to reflective ripples and calm. I’m thinking that if I can guarantee perfectly calm […]

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  • record attempt course options

    Probably the single most significant factor in my ability to go father than 249 km in 24 hours (a new world record) is my choice of water course. And with a course, there are 6 considerations shown in order of importance, with the importance of each factor shown as an approximate percentage: Water surface condition (40% important) My speed […]

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  • First open water speed test for new 24 hour record boat “Libby”

    Yes, I’ve decided to name this new boat “Libby” after my mom who passed away almost 1 year ago. She always taught me that I could do anything I set my mind to, and I thought I would honor her by naming my new human powered record attempt boat after her. And after this speed […]

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  • First Hyperlight open water test

    So this turned out to be a much better test than I thought it would be. Thanks to the good folks at Allen’s Trout Farm, we are able to test the new boat in one of their trout ponds that doesn’t freeze over because the water is constantly circulated. Because this pond was quite long, […]

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  • Holy Flying Stabilizer Batman!

    Holy Flying Stabilizer Batman! I finally succeeded in getting a foil to controllably lift one stabilizer out of the water and ‘fly’ it a couple of inches above the water without either of the stabilizer floats touching the water surface with a new high-lift foil. The foil was mounted to my control arm, and I […]

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  • Foil Tests

    I just got off the phone with a very nice fellow from Holland who felt compelled to phone me and let me know that he thinks that adding a hydrofoil to my human powered boat would really work for me. He actually contacted me for another human powered boat reason, but I thought it was […]

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  • how far can 1 man go in 1 day?

    HOW FAR CAN ONE MAN GO IN ONE DAY UNDER HIS OWN POWER ON FLAT WATER? I thought I answered this question back in 2008 when I travelled 245 km in 24 hours on Whitefish Lake setting a world record for the most distance by human power on flat water beating Carter Johnston’s kayak record […]

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  • 2015 MR340 race report

    Helen and I had an absolutely fantastic spring and summer training on Special K putting in well over 650 km on our new tandem pedal powered boat which Rick Willoughby named “Special K’s”. Our season started with a 5 day training vacation in early April at Brentwood Bay Resort in Victora, BC. We docked Special […]

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  • 340 miles down the Missouri river. Race report.

    It’s zero-dark-thirty at some unknown ungodly hour on Tuesday night somewhere on the Missouri river, some 18 long hours after the race start in Kansas city at 8:00 am earlier that morning. I was doing pretty well –  In 1st place men’s solos, and 3rd place over-all out of 235 human powered boats. Navigating on […]

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  • Another attempt set for Friday!

    First of all, you have to watch this incredible video shot by Greg Swingley: paddle vs peddle part 1 from greg swingley on Vimeo. Winter is really hunting us down here in Whitefish. I woke up this morning to an inch of fresh SNOW on the ground. Check out this snap shot of Carter’s skis […]

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  • Bad weather cancels our race

    Well, we got 4 difficult hours in, then decided to cancel and reset for later this week. Here is how the day went down: Carter, his girl friend Kristen, my head official and friend Paul, and Helen enjoyed an awesome pasta dinner cooked by Helen on Friday night. Helen and I were up at 6:00 […]

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  • Record attempt in less than a week!

    Weather: So far, the weather forecast for Saturday, September 28 is marginal at best. But, the long term forecast is predicting a high pressure system building next week, so the chances of finding a calm wind day at some point between Sept 28 and Oct 5th is pretty good I think. Here is the site […]

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  • Pedal vs Paddle race details

    I had a great 8 hour training day on the reservoir on Wednesday using the new gear box shaft and coupler, then another 4 hours on Thursday. No problems at all. I checked the grub screws at the end of the day and they were still tight and locked down. So far, I have amassed […]

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  • 2 big training days coming up

    I’ve been feeling a lot of pressure lately regarding the Pedal Vs. Paddle Showdown race between Carter and I. The 24 hour distance record race has now been moved up to October 4th (on Friday, Oct 4th we start watching for the best weather day over the next 10 days – so the race could […]

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  • Pedal vs. Paddle Showdown

    When I broke Carter Johnson’s 24 hour human powered distance record of 241.94 km a way back in 2008 by mere 3 km, I always thought it would be fun to stage a full-on, knock-em-down, RACE with Carter. A righteous battle pegging legs against arms, pedal versus paddle, old school vs. whizzy bang high tech. […]

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