Never thought I’d be a kayak coach

Celebrity fitness trainer and best selling author of Fitness Confidential, Vinnie Tortorich, has asked me to coach him through his first 100-mile kayak trip.  He is coming from very little kayaking experience.

I’m confident I’ll be able to get him prepared even though we live on opposite coasts.

I’m building him an indoor training device, a kayak ergometer, which will help him with his indoor training.  Along with other guidance I’m sure I’ll be able to get him down the 100 miles of the Bayou Lafourche in Louisiana in the Spring.

Oh, did I not mention I’ll be joining him for this journey?

I would not miss it for the world!

It is going to be epic!!


Rich Piana

I admire this man for his honesty.

May it now serve as a warning to the younger generation who might be considering the use of steroids.

It just isn’t worth it.

Don’t just think about your next, short-term goal, think about the life you want to live.

This video perfectly illustrates the dangers of drug use to achieve an outcome.

I urge you to not sacrifice your long term future for a short-term goal.

Rest in peace Rich.

You inspired many of us but also now serve as a warning.

Smokey gym

Yeah, that’s right.

I was the old guy in the gym this evening who smelled like smoked pork.

That’s because, well, I smoked a pork loin today.

The gym would smell a whole lot better if everyone’s sweat smelled like a Texas roadhouse, don’t you think?

Media Spreads Dangerous Lie That Bodybuilder Was Killed by Protein Shakes

From Mark Rippetoe…



I agree with Mark Rippetoe’s assessment.  The headlines and stories are sensationalized to make it sound like protein powders are out there silently killing people when in actuality, it was an increase in protein from all sources on top of a rare genetic disorder that led to a buildup of ammonia in her blood.

Here is an example of some of the headlines:


And here is an article that is more fairly written.

A vintage downriver racer, HiPP Mithril / Prijon Interceptor (?)



A vintage, barn-found, downriver racing kayak will be heading to Central Virginia tomorrow from its roots in New England, (found outside of Hudson, MA.)

If anyone knows anything about the history of Mithril Kayaks, Hingham, MA  please let me know.

The “Prijon Design” sticker is still clearly visible after all these years.

She looks fast.

== Update 8/12/17==

I got her home late last night and got her out on the water today after cleaning her up a bit.

The kayak is still in amazingly good shape for how old it is.  The deck is still pliable, the hull solid, and the seams are very well done.

From what research I’ve done and information I’ve been able to find, it appears as though this boat was a  Tony Prijon design for Mithril Kayaks back in the 1970’s.  Some have suggested it is a model called the Prijon Interceptor from a company named Hyperform (hence the “HiPP”,) but I have no idea.   Somebody on says he thinks, ” ‘Hyper Craft’ was a parent company for High Performance Plastics (HPP?) who built both Prijon and Lettmann designs under license?  HPP morphed into Hyperform in the late 70s.”

It is very obviously a downriver racer but has a “stubby” stern.  One person described these boats as constructed of “durable fiberglass reinforced plastic,” which seems accurate to me.  The boat is not just fiberglass, for sure.

It is of very similar design to my Phoenix Match II and paddles much the same also.

I would love for anyone who knows the history of the boat or the company to contact me.

I have a weird fondness for these old-school boats and have now added a bit more kayak history to my collection.

== Update 8/17/17 ==

One of my kayaking connections in New Zealand (whom I consider an expert) has verified this is a Prijon Interceptor and says it is “the grand daddy of the multisport boats.”

I think I might have overpaid a bit, but am comforted knowing I now own a classic.