This tip comes from Greg Knudson, who recently broke a paragliding world record for out-and-return
To set a record or fly a personal best you need to:
- Know where you are going
- Know what you want to achieve
- Prepare you equipment, yourself and if necessary your paperwork
Having a plan is key to any record, world record or personal best.
Know where you are going to fly. Look at track logs of pilots who have flown the route or parts of it before, and study them. Understand how your planned route works throughout the day.
Set physical and mental goals and routines for yourself in preparation and in execution.
Finally, on the day, don’t give up: just keep going.
On the day of my 200km out-and-return record in Kenya in January I was an hour behind and the voice inside me was saying loudly “Just go land”.
But I just kept going and I ended up beating the old record by 20 minutes.
Don’t give up: just keep trying.
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