Wow! That was a good read (a little abstract at times, but a good read).
I remember seeing a clip on the late Ayrton Senna (THE greatest F1 champion ever). There was a race in Monaco where while leading the race he suddenly started turning incredibly fast lap times, and then lap after lap he kept getting faster and faster. Eventually his pit crew radioed him to slow down, he didn't need to go that fast. It took them several tries to reach him, and after he acknowledged their call and started slowing down; he crashed.
After reading that article, I would have to guess that Senna had achieve the "no mind" state.
I likes it, too. You're right, a little abstract, but it did explain the concept well.
Since re-examining our eposode last week with the two crashed bikes, I can see how easy it would be to "talk yourself into" doing the wrong thing at the wrong time, with negative results.
When I was racing all the time, we tried to achieve that state by running laps over and over and over in our mind while sitting in the car. The object was to be able to make laps without even thinking of what we were doing, allowing us to concentrate on the things we really should be thinking about, like getting ahead of the guy in front.
"After all, we ARE professionals, here."
It's a true thing- this state of mind exists. Ask any martial artist or world-class athlete; they all strive to achieve this state. It's hard to wrap your brain around, but when you're in that state...you're there.
Got into it a little bit Friday night, driving home from going out, girlfriend had the radio blasting, but I didn't even hear it as I swept through traffic on I-95, not braking, not slowing, steady driving at 95-100mph, never wavering from the center of the lane, feels incredible when you're in that kind of groove. Like a detachment from yourself, you see yourself from above, watching as you make every movement surely and with no hesitations.
Always fun to do this on a bike. I never realize it till I'm done riding, but it's the best feeling.
"get on the good foot-heh, good god"
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