Practice makes perfect?
Practice makes permanent, but guided practice makes perfect. (~A friend’s words of wisdom)
I was at the pump track again today, shirking work and childcare like the adolescent I am, and there was a guy there doing all the big jumps, who had a pretty good crash. It’s like watching someone fall from the sky in slow motion: first the facial expression of realisation that this is not going to go as planned, the bike being released and pushed aside, then the human desperately trying to avoid injury as gravity suddenly speeds up time. He managed to land his feet on the top of the second half of the jump before rolling down the other side. He hopped up, yelled an apology to all parents in vicinity “for the language!”, dusted himself off, and did another lap. Bravo.
Then, in overheard conversation about his bike, he mentioned he used to be sponsored by a certain manufacturer, but that his current bike was pieced together, and circa 2009, which was great, because he had nothing to prove at the track on an old bike. The fork? “Oh, it was pretty swish back then… “
What a great way to describe it.
It’s true, you must never be the one on a swishy bike if you haven’t got the skills to back it up. So get practicing…
Ten thousand hours to gain expertise in something.
I’ve done seven. 9993 hours to go. No biggie.
If it takes me just under a minute to do the jump line (including the ride back to the start), then I’ve probably been doing about forty laps or more each time I go. I get great tips from friends, random strangers and pros standing around and watching.
Already, there is progress. I’m getting more air more consistently on the jumps. I can get around the short track without pedaling. It is hugely satisfying. I feel like I might almost even be considered cool, because there aren’t very many girls out here, and very nearly none who are moms and over thirty.
How many more hours and laps before I can progress to the middle jump line? Before I can get fast around the track? Before I can justify any swish?
What is the swish threshold?
Because there is some awfully pretty swish out there…