Posts in the "Soapbox" Category

  • Rescue costs vs the cost of obesity

    Paul made an interesting comment on the PedalTheOcean facebook fan page today about footing the bill for the cost of a rescue if that were required. Martin quickly came to my defense by suggesting that if only a few people take cues and inspiration from me, and get themselves into shape, the money it will [...]

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  • Future goals and a new web site

    I’m not sure why I get like this, but for my entire life as a project nears completion, I start asking myself that question “what’s next?”. There is no way that my human powered pacific ocean crossing project PedalTheOcean is anywhere even close to nearing completion, but I would honestly say that like any big [...]

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  • Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up

    How many times in your life have you been able to say that you were actually looking forward to meeting with an auditor? I presented my Keynote address to the Institute of Internal Auditors yesterday at the Palliser Hotel here in Calgary – I was really looking forward to it, and it was a blast. [...]

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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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  • 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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  • I just finished a 100 km running week. I’m not sure if I have ever run that much in one week previously, but I didn’t find it that tough. I think the most difficult part was running INSIDE around a track for [...]

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  • Marathons, Motivation, Making Boats & Most Extreme

    Surf City Marathon

    Helen and I just got back from a GREAT trip down to Huntington Beach, California for the Surf City Marathon – a top rate event which I HIGHLY recommend if you are looking for a scenic marathon to run. We were there with our good friends Kevin and Cindy Casper.
    Cindy had a great [...]

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  • Wow – how time flies hey?
    I have been very bad at keeping the blog up to date – sorry. Here is a quick update on some of the various projects I am working on:
    PedalTheOcean.com – human powered ocean crossing

    You might recall that last winter I decided to push the pause button on PedalTheOcean for a [...]

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  • I sat down with the last 5 years of my SRM power data from training, the speed test results from 3 different lakes with V11G and a calculator and tried to come up with a realistic prediction of what my chances are to beat Carter Johnson’s 242 km flat water kayaking 24 hour distance record. [...]

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  • Am I destined to end up as yet another Sea Biscuit?

    After hearing the 100th story about the Sea Biscuit from the locals in Tofino, Murray and I decided to do some investigating and learn more about this ill-fated world circumnavigation in an eight foot sail boat.

    Sea Biscuit is a 8-foot (yes, as in [...]

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  • Live your life to the FULLEST. Susie did.

    Susie Lantz (left) and Helen (right) on a beach on the Oregon coast

    Canmore resident Susanna Lantz was skiing with a friend in an area known as Chickadee Pass, on the south side of the Great Divide bordering Banff and Kootenay national parks, when an avalanche swept down the [...]

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  • I have been running around in circles trying to secure a safety boat for my human powered transatlantic record attempt schedule for December 1, 2008 – only 282 days away according to my countdown timer posted at the Pedal the Ocean web site.
    According to the Ocean Rowing Society’s statistics page, a total of 80 individuals [...]

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  • My background

    Rare Method is a PedalTheOcean sponsor, and a local Calgary marketing agency that is run by my brother in-law Tom Short. I am putting WiTHiN on display in their main lobby on Valentine’s Day (WiTHiN is red and romantic I guess) and giving a little talk about me and the ocean crossing record attempt. During [...]

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  • I’ve been following the progress of James Castrission and Justin Jones of Crossing The Ditch. James and Justin are attempting to be the first to kayak 2200 km across the Tasman sea from Australia to New Zealand. They are leaving tomorrow.
    I will be following their progress very closely, as Lot 41 which is the name [...]

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  • Redefining scary – 600 kids from grade 1 to 9
    Jerry Seinfeld once talked about a poll that had been conducted in which Americans said that their number one fear was public speaking, and that the fear of death was number five. He said, “…that would mean that at a funeral, people are five times more [...]

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  • I need to make a fairly important announcement:
    Jason Lewis has just finished his human powered circumnavigation journey of 14 years! I have been following Jason since his Pacific crossing in pedal boat Moksha from California to Hawaii in 1997 with Stevie Smith and have also supported his effort periodically. Jason is an inspiration and a [...]

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  • I was in the midst of preparing a new KidPower presentation for Elbow Valley Middle School yesterday. It’s their school year kick-off celebration day and the Principal has asked me if I would address the students and staff by speaking about setting goals, accomplishment, and the importance of staying active and healthy.
    And then I get [...]

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  • I did a school presentation today to St. Gregory’s school – Two actually, one to the grade 6’s and the second to the grade 8’s. The second was kind of scary because it was by far the oldest crowd I have presented to yet. You are cool in junior high, and the drill for being [...]

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  • Continued from the previous BLOG post….
    The development of Within is important, as is the search for a corporate sponsor(s). But, the most important aspect of this project to me at least, is KidPower. With the KidPower school speaking program, I have a rare opportunity to make a difference and that is one of the main [...]

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  • Much in keeping with my previous adventures and experiences, I am trying to keep PedalTheOcean about optimal human performance and state of the art human powered boat efficiency – much like what I did with Critical Power human powered vehicle 24 hour distance record . As I have said before, one of our biggest problems [...]

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