Monday, May 18 2009, 12:00 AM
Bottomless CL Day!
Sick deals back to back all day long.
I too lament the time "wasted"- especially as I now seem to rely on a base of mtb ability forged forcibly long ago on the granite steppes of the Sierra mountains. Sure, I may get sharper (wizdumb) but not necessarily stronger as I get pulled closer to The Entropic Blackhole.
The argument is interesting, and I know many have wondered about this even as children; "How does he/she do that so easily? I am going to practice extra hard and be just as good dang it!".
But we know there are those that are "gifted"- watching as your friend hops & sticks his rear wheel right where his front was, the rest of us straddling over the 2 1/2 foot metal moto guard so many years ago.
As an artist I have experienced both; able to look at early work that remains intriguing and sublime, no errant marks or ill chosen colors, timeless, perfect. Then again I compare life long work, and also see an evolving ability to translate and execute. The innate vs the 10,000 hr result.
I do know I am glad I've ridden as much as I have when I ride that narrow vertiginous singletrack overlooking a river far below. And I have to leave it at that- I ain't dead.
Finally, as far as candy goes, this "See's box of chocolates" has been picked through. Will a BC "holiday" deliver another?
Thanks for the stoke, Mr.T- that was amazing. The love, the dedication... the hours come shining through.
I saw author Malcolm Gladwell on tele recently discussing his book Outliers, in which he embraces an argument widely espoused by psychologists: success in any occupation or field of endeavor -be it ice hockey or orthopedic surgery- is not so much predicated upon any intangible (such as innate talent) as it predicated upon a remarkably consistent rule of thumb- The 10,000 Hour Theory. 10,000 hours of focused and dedicated practice -whether interpretive dance or engineering design is your thing- that's what it takes to get really good at it. More than aptitude or ability or risk-taking, for example, it would appear that persistence and plain-old stubborness are the true harbingers of success.
I feel really old having viddied that, as in, I fear I've squandered my life. I'm not very good at anything... Wait! There's candy?
Pretty lonely on CL but spring has sprung, hope all getting first long hits on bikes and back country.
Thought I would ratchet the mood up with latest David MacAskill video. Interesting start, he is getting better and better- whoa!
:( Can't afford the SlimRoc4. Thanks though!
Hi there! Hoping you could put up one of the following 2" hitch racks... Thule Parkway 4 or Roadway 4, or Yakima Bighorn 4 or Doubledown 4. Thanks!