It took 30 minutes 52 seconds to walk 3,300 meters or 2.05 miles. The previous record of 1668 meters while balancing a pool cue on the chin was nearly doubled. The time didn’t matter other than my neck was ready for a break. I walked the first 1700 meters at a more conservative pace to avoid a mistake and then booked it for the second mile. A few times the cue was tipping a little too far and I had to jog to keep up. I made a total of 8 laps plus 100 meters.
One of the hardest parts about this attempt is staying on the track while staring up in the sky – especially when the sky has a bright sun in it. An early morning attempt kept the sun close to the horizon and when I was rounding the corner that pointed me directly at the sun I was in Boise High School’s shadow.
On Tuesday, August 15th at 7:30 AM, I’m am going to attempt to walk more than 1668 meters around the Boise High School track. This would be a normal morning activity for many, but I’m going to attempt to do this while balancing a pool cue on my chin. If successful, it will be by 21st successful Guinness World Record-breaking attempt.
Guinness World Record number 20 fell today after a long wait.
I bought the hula hoop the day before Jeremy was born. I’ve had it in our living room now for more than 15 months. It’s taken a couple dozen trips to various swimming pools. The previous record for longest duration balancing a hula hoop on the head was 49 seconds. I beat the record in less than a minute (funny how that works). I then persisted for 15 more minutes. When my neck didn’t want to take it any more, I started practicing my seal moves and swam up out of the water a couple times and swam forward and back. At 16 minutes and 13.19 seconds, the hula hoop fell into the water and we celebrated.
We got some great media coverage with local channels CBS 2, Fox 9 and KIVI 6 airing coverage. They all caught that I’m promoting STEM education which is encouraging.
Longest time to balance a hula hoop on the head while swimming
If I ever need a 2nd job as a seal substitute, I’ll be sure to list this as one of my top skills.
The current record is 49 seconds. I’ll be attempting to break it on Saturday, August 5th at the Boise State University Rec Center pool at 10 AM.
Rules: The hula hoop has to be balanced vertically on the forehead (not chin). I can either move or remain in the same spot. The water must be deep enough that I cannot touch. I’m not allowed to use any floatation devices or touch any other object.
Thanks so much to Kelsey and the Boise State Rec center for helping make this happen!
Thanks to the Captial High School Cross Country team for the support. The previous record of 6 Minutes 55 seconds fell by over a minute. For 5 minutes 53.92 seconds, I kept a pool cue balanced on my finger without it touching anything else (including other fingers or any other part of my body) while covering 1609.34 meters in under 6 minutes.
My asthma acted up after and I’ve been hacking up a lung, but feel pretty good. I could have run faster, but the lactic acid buildup and oxygen deprivation lead to wobbly arms, wobbly arms lead to pool cues bouncing off fingers, and that leads to Guinness World Record attempts being disqualified. So balancing speed vs body control was one of the biggest challenges today.
After a 2 week delay due to a nasty cold, Guinness World Record attempt #19 is on. I will attempt to run the fastest mile ever run while balancing a pool cue on my finger. If you want to come out to watch or cheer me on, it will be at 8 AM at the Capital High School track starting with a talk to the cross country team about the power of having a growth mindset, setting goals, and having the grit to power through pain and adversity.
The current record is 6 minutes 55 seconds. The pool cue has to rest on 1 finger and cannot touch any other part of my body or fall off or the record attempt fails. The hardest part is the end when the body gets wobbly from oxygen deprivation and my arm gets super shaky. In practice I even once had the cue fall off with 10 meters to go and break into several pieces!
The one minute record was a little bit weaker but was still 77 balloons burst in 1 minute. The 30-second record was 46 balloons.
It took quite a bit of preparation at home finding the right balloons (big enough, but not too big; easy to pop, but not too easy), the right chair, the right sitting cadence, enough squats that I could sit and stand nearly 100 times in a minute, the right shorts (actually combination of shorts since I’m wearing multiple layers) to sit on a bunch of balloons and land on a hard chair without too much pain. And then there was the logistics on how to get only 2 balloons placers (Guinness Rules) fed enough balloons efficiently enough to break this record. In the end, it was a success.
The new Guinness World Records for balloon burst by sitting are:
Happy World Juggling Day on June 17, 2016. I went out to the park and broke the unofficial juggling record for fewest juggling catches in 1 minute with clubs. It was a way too windy day to be trying this (clubs are particularly sensitive to the wind since they are much much lighter than bowling pins). A couple hours and dozens of nasty bruises on my hands, chest, head, and feet later, I have a new world record.
The previous mark was 33 catches in 1 minute. I got 28… and just barely kept that last club off the ground before the minute expired (if a club touches the ground within the minute, the entire attempt is not valid. The 1-minute clock starts when the first club leaves the hand).
Here’s one more example of growth mindset, grit, and hard work leading to another success (note, I probably made about 75 attempts since it was windy and I don’t practice this much…)
At the FIRST Robotics St. Louis Championships in 2017, I gave an hour-long talk inspiring students and educators with my STEM story. I then attempted to break the blindfolded speed juggling record: the Guinness World Record for “Most juggling catches in 1 minute blindfolded (3 balls)”. I was successful on my 2nd try but still had 4 seconds left on the clock. So I tried again, and again and again until I finished a full minute and by the time I was done, I had also tied the record for “Most juggling catches in 1 minute (3 balls)”. Period. WHILE BLINDFOLDED!
This week tens of thousands of students, family members, mentors, and spectators will descend on the St. Louis America center for FIRST Robots East nationals – the premier youth robotics program national championship.