Apr 20, 2009

Toeing the line

Racing is very dependent on perspective. If you've never raced before you see a much different view than the guy standing next to you on the race line who is a seasoned veteran.

To improve your perspective on racing, you need to toe the line a few times and start learning to play the game. "The Game" as I like to think of it, is all about immersing yourself into a structured system, learning the rules and then making the game your own. The beauty of the game is once you start playing you can start to see how big the game is, or where it goes, or how fast it can get or why you are doing it, the game can teach you a lot of things.

After playing any game a bunch of times you eventually see beyond the three feet in front of your nose and you start to take in a broader horizon. Things that initially seemed crazy or invisible become normal. And then at some point normal becomes fun. And then at some point you start excelling at the game.

I love a good game. The winning part is fun, but I'm all about the game and executing it well. In my past the game was about the hunt, or the mission, or the target, over the years those things got replaced with other games like the perfect espresso, the endurance racing podium, how to execute a precise diaper change, or how many boiled eggs can you eat in one sitting.

I enjoy introducing others to a good game and my buddy John is always up for something new (even if it takes a bit of coaxing/heckling/name calling) and so on the weekend I dragged him along for one of my neural-confusion destabilized core session workouts at the YMCA. He did great, taking the punishment with only a few groans and whimpers. And that takes me back to the start of this post, which was racing is very dependent on perspective; sometimes you think you've been training hard until you realize there's a different kind of hard out there and the only way to discover that is to toe the line in a game. John toed the line and now he's starting to see further than three feet in front of his nose, maybe in a few months he'll be showing me a thing or two.

The whole reason for this post came about after reading John's recent musings over on his blog Face the Food, the post is about the trg session we did on the weekend. Go check it out, it's fun and insightful.


John F said...

"He did great, taking the punishment with only a few groans and whimpers."

When you don't have the luxury of surplus oxygen complaints are kept to a minimum... ;)

Shaun Taylor said...

Does that mean if I work you harder it will reduce the whimpers to zero? ;-)

John F said...

Yep....please bring supplemental oxygen to wake me back up. :o

aka Kathy said...

Read both sides of the story... sweet!