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Re: Best Statement on this list so far...
- Subject: Re: Best Statement on this list so far...
- From: "Steve Makohin" <wateredg@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 21:18:15 -0500
From: Tom Cutter
> In a message dated 1/16/05 9:09:51 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> chujane@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
> <<Except for the top 3% of riders (which 25% consider themselves as
> members), ...>>
> I nominate this as the BEST STATEMENT posted to this list so far this year.
> Except I would amend it to read "Except for the top 3% of riders (which 95%
> consider themselves as members)"...
> Nobody wants to admit that they are not among the best. I am reminded every
> time I'm on the track, flailing away, when suddenly a pack zooms past as if
> my brakes were seized. How thoroughly demoralizing.
There are 4 stages of competence:
(1) Unconscious incompetent: You don't know, and you don't know
that you don't know. Most riders are in this category when
it comes to mastery over their machine. I knew a bass player
who asserted he kept better time than a metronome.
Riiiiiiiigght (in my best Dr. Evil voice).
(2) Conscious incompetent: You don't know, but at least you are
aware of it. This is what you describe. This is where I fit
in as a Track Boy and Brake God. As a F.A.S.T. grad (all 3
phases), I am humbled by regular street riders that have
serious riding capabilities as demonstrated on the track,
much nearer to the edge of a bike's performance envelope. I
am in awe when I am amongst professional racers. Did I
mention that the same bike, when equipped with ABS and
piloted by Joe Average, can outbrake the best professional
riders in the wet?
(3) Conscious competent: You know, but you have to think about
and dedicate brain cycles to doing it well. This is
like the track rider than can put in a solid performance
providing he is 100% focused on his game. Distractions can
prove disastrous, as they draw focus elsewhere.
(4) Unconscious competent: You know, and you don't even think
about it. An example is someone who can knit while reading
a book. There are precious few riders in this category. Ones
that are incredible skilled and can execute that perfection
on an "automatic response" level. FYI, Top Gun pilots are in
this category -- When the going gets ugly, they pull amazing
feats without even thinking about them.
For bonus points, does anyone know what follows the "Unconscious competent"
- -Steve Makohin
Oakville, Ontario, Canada