Imagine exploring the most extreme places on Earth--living in a place so cold that you suffer from pounding headaches, constant nosebleeds and painful earaches. Imagine trekking through the driest desert, places that have not seen rain in centuries.
As architects strive to outdo each other and new cities and structures command recognition, the new motto becomes clear: More is more.
The record I set was for the Enduroman Arch to Arc, a 290mile ultra distance triathlon that involves running, swimming and cycling from London to Paris. Before me, only 10 athletes had ever completed the challenge... It's a pretty tough nut to crack.
Now the main games are over, the general public of London commuters seem to be back to their old selves - if a stranger speaks to them on the Tube they pretend they don't hear for being engrossed in their book.
I am writing from aboard the Quest, one of 7 ships in the flotilla escorting Diana Nyad on her record setting attempt to swim unaided from Cuba to Florida.
A world record breaking crowd of 28,422 people filled Miller Park honoring United States veterans with their presence at the premiere of the Honor Flight documentary: Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation.
Flight flies veterans, at no cost to them, to Washington D.C. to see their war memorials. For many of the vets, this is the last chapter of their lives... for some, it is their final paragraph.
"At about 90,000 feet, I reached more than 600 miles per hour. The altimeter on my wrist was unwinding very rapidly, but there was no sense of speed."
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin, 29, was the most decorated female athlete at both the 2004 Athens and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Besides swimming, Coughlin's passions include food, gardening, and the five chickens she keeps in her backyard in Lafayette, California.
Our oceans are the heart of this planet. They provide all of humanity with the very essentials necessary for life. Ranging from the food we eat to the air we breathe, we all depend on the oceans to generate what we need to simply survive.
Cece Leclere of Basel, Switzerland, has what scientists call "megavision." She can see through clothing, manila envelopes, curtains and sometimes even brick walls. People often make her sick, though, because looking at their internal organs nauseates her.
After the preview of the movie, a man in the audience, visibly moved, raised his hand and said: "Growing up in Palestine, kite flying was the only thing that made me feel free."
He may only be 12 years old, but Tom Schaar from Malibu, California is already big news within the world of skateboarding.
Eman is not just getting married this summer, she's also on a quest to become the world's biggest woman. What troubles me about this story is not Eman's quest, but how "Inside Edition," and other outlets that have since picked up the story, are talking about her.
The 93-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch is a living example of how to tap into our human potential. We each have the ability to craft an amazing life.
This is truly record-breaking at its most courageous and the two men chasing this moment of wonder should be applauded and celebrated. This is the stuff legends are made of; this is how history is made and records are broken.