Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2014 Everglades Challenge

With just three days left to get all the last minute preparation done, I feel the butterflies in my gut.
I cant think about anything else but the EC.  I am having a hard time keeping my mind on my job.  Early weather reports are calling for light winds out of the NE for the start.  Kinda reminds me of my last attempt on the Expedition Windsurfer.  The day started out light and turned into a gale.  I hope it blows 15-18 out of the NW all week.  Follow the adventure here:
I am WindWalker.  This year we have two other racers who are doing the EC on windsurfers.  They are using standard boards without any storage so all their gear will be on top of the boards.  I hope they have less gear than I do.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Having so little time to train for the EC I have to take every opportunity I can to get in paddling time.  I decided that I would pass on watching another night of the Olympics and do a night paddle down the Paynes Creek into the Peace River and then down the Peace for a few miles.  I was on the water at 5pm and after having to pull my boat over numerous snags I made it to the Peace River at 7:45.  I paddled down to Herd Bridge arriving around 9:30.  It was a very beautiful and productive paddle.  I was able to test out a new seat and get in some rigorous paddling.  I need to do more but time is running our on me.
   No worries!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

This is the year for the Everglades Challenge and the Expedition Windsurfer.

This past year flew by!  I cant remember a year that went by so fast.  It has been a very busy year to say the least.  I sold my landscape business, went back into the restaurant business with one company and ended up at another in just a few months.  I quit that company and started my own kayak, canoe and SUP outfitters business here on the beautiful Peace River, all the while I have been working on the Kuleana Adventure Craft project and trying to get ready for this years EC.
So barring any major problems I'm going to be on the beach for this years race.
Follow along as we work our way down the west coast of Florida the first week of March.  It will be interesting.

Also, check out the website for the outfitters business and like us on Facebook!


Thursday, January 31, 2013

No EC this year...again

It's been said in regards to the Everglades Challenge that half the battle is getting to the starting line.  I can attest to that.  Work, family, and just the mundane things in life have all managed to get in the way of my finishing the KULEANA in time to do the race. I could have it ready but untested and I don't think that is a wise thing to do.
So here is the plan now.  Finish the boat by the middle of February and do some multi-day testing and just have fun.
Here is a short video of the production version.  The next one will be the game changer.

Monday, December 17, 2012

So last week was not the kind of week that will get you in shape for a 350 mile trip of windsurfing and kayaking.  Work and laziness have a way of de-motivating me.  I know that I should just get out of bed earlier but that might require more self-discipline than I actually have. 

The week was not a total loss; I did get in a few days of resistance training and a day of aerobics with some light paddling on the weekend.  My diet is in need of some serious work though. 

This week will be better.  I feel a change in the air.


See you on the water.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

 I was able to do a SUP session on Lake Jackson on Saturday after work.  The weather was great but the wind was light and inconsistant.  I was able to paddle for about an hour and than set the sail for some light air sailing.
Here is a photo of the next KUIANA.  I will have it ready for the EC and it will be crazy cool!
Here is a summary of my fitness program for this week.
Monday -upper body resistance training
Teusday  -  20 mis on the bike
Wednesday-  upper body resistance training
Thursday -  wimped out
Friday - upper body resistance trining
Saturday  -  paddling and sailing
I have a long way to go to be ready for the EC. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Time to get into EC shape!!!

With only 88 days left to get into shape for the Everglades Challenge I have decided to post my fitness goals and accomplishments on a weekly basis.  This will help me stay focused and motivated for the next three months.  I have much work to do in getting the KULEANA ready for the race and twice as much getting myself ready.
To help me get from here to there I have developed the fitness program I call...

                                        "THE FIT FOR ADVENTURE LIFE STYLE"

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings: 45 mins. of circuit training - four sets (25,20,15,max reps)  per exercise.
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays mornings: 30-45 mins. of interval aerobics to include paddling and cycling.
  • Saturday afternoons (after work): long windsurfing sailing or paddling.
  • Every other weekend: camp from boat for practice loading and seting up camp gear.
  • Flexability exercises along with meditation to be done in evenings.
Time on the water is the best form of training for long distance windsurfing, but having to work 6 days a week is putting a real damper on my leisure time.  I am far from being a fitness junky, so staying motivated will be a real challenge.  So please post some positive vibes and keep me motivated!!

Until next week...Leave nothing but a wake!!!