You just gotta love a good challenge… something that’s never been done before. You’ve heard of people setting their personal bests when it comes to running a marathon or bench-pressing a certain amount of weight. We like to push ourselves to do something faster, higher, longer than we did last time.
Consider the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s filled with personal bests… here are some of the crazy ones I found…
The most body piercings done in one sitting is 3900.
The greatest weight lifted with a human tongue is 27 lb. 8 oz.
The longest human fingernails were a total of 28 ft 4 inches long.
The tallest dog is Giant George, a Great Dane, who measured 43 inches tall.
The longest no-handed wheelie on a motorcycle is 292 ft.
I, too, just made it into my own record book! Within the last 14 years, the latest I had ever ridden was December 10th. I have just extended the riding season and rode a chilly couple of miles on Sunday, December 18th.
For some of you reading this, that is not a big deal. It’s a balmy 70 degrees and you put your bike away at 60 degrees because it’s too cold. I live in South Dakota where the wind chill can reach 50 below and will house-bound any rider! Last year at this time, there was a blizzard that literally shut down the city… dumping more than 20 inches of snow on the frozen prairie.
However… I also know that some of you reading this live in places colder than SD and ride year round. A Facebook friend of mine rode the same day I did in Michigan in 35 degree weather… you go Suzie!
If you live in a place where you thoroughly enjoy all four seasons (even winter), what is the latest date you’ve ridden? And if you put your bike away early, I challenge you to put your leathers to the test and ride at least once in December! Consider it the Polar Plunge of motorcycling… and set a new personal best!