In order to have a realistic chance at setting the world record, there are many things we are trying to figure out and plan for. One of the most important factors, obviously, is being very physically fit. We have been using Concept 2 rowing machines with a special canoe paddling adaptor (made by PaddleSport Training Systems) to help us train, and three of us are getting together to paddle on the Mississippi River this Sunday. This morning I (Scott) went for a long run down by the river close to my home here in South Minneapolis. The river is very high right now (got a few pictues); one place where there is usually a beautiful big white sand beach is completely covered in water. Some people have asked why we aren't doing the attempt this year because the high water would make swift current. And it is true we want fast current in general. We feel, however, that we need the next year of planning and training to be properly prepared. And actually, if the water is too high they close some of the locks and then you can't get through--I believe there are some closed at present. Also, you can't make an attempt on the record until all the ice is melted. Usually the last spot on the river to melt is gigantic Lake Winnibigoshish, near the northern most spot of the river east of Bemidji in northern Minnesota. The average ice out date for Winnibigoshish is April 22nd--we will be watching closely for the ice out forecast next Spring and hope to leave as soon as we can once the ice is gone.