After months of training, the distance record has been beaten. Previously standing at 23.11 miles, James Roumeliotis was able to inch out the record to 23.22 miles.
This feat was completed at the annual Pogopalooza event; the world championship of extreme pogo hosted by Xpogo. On July 26th, 2012, World Record Day began at 9:40AM with the start of the farthest distance attempt. Throughout the day as James pogoed around the 205ft track, several other world records were attempted including highest backflip which was broken by Curt Markwardt. As the sun went down, James continued to bounce into the night, reaching for the 23.11 record.
When asked why he couldn’t bounce any farther, James revealed that it was all a mental game. “At mile 15, I had gone so far already but my mind kept pushing me to go farther”, James explains as he recalls the journey. Having only done 10 miles in practices before, this had been the farthest James had bounced before. But once the last mile was reached, his mind could no longer help him; “I thought to myself, ‘I did it, now go rest’, and so the mental battle was over and I couldn’t bother to bounce any more”. After 14 hours and 32 minutes, it’s easy to see why your mind would stop pushing you farther.
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