May 14, 04 6:00
on a related note, yaqui . . . last night i mentioned this thread to the wife. she herself has a set of PC's, but uses them only sparingly. when i asked why that is she said " well yeah obviously they " work" , that is not the point. i don't really care all that much how fast i ride a bicycle - mostly i am happy with how i am now - you're a freak for riding them all the time". gotta love the female ability to cut thru the crap sometimes, no?
Re: Drills vs. PC's [yaquicarbo]
anyway, last nite she went to point out that much of the content of the thread soundly hauntingly familiar to the (very) old business that went down back when skate style xc skiing appeared. before that medal by the marathon-skating bill koch, and even for a good time afterwords there was much debate. interestingly, it took the same basic lines as the PC one thus far - with guys who actually went outdoors and learned to skate raving, and those who didn't offering overworded article after no longer relevant study after prissy smug " in-the-know" snipe as to why skating could never work.
the same arguments were seen. it wasn't biomechanically proper. the body couldn't physiolgically do what we were asking it to do. the old way was more efficient. and of course my personal favorite - it was a placebo effect at work. possibly one or two of them actually DID try a few faultering skate strides and sucked at it - and instead of putting in the time returned to their desk with renewed vigor to pontificate as to why skating would never work, and all those guys you see flying around the lake are "fooling themselves".
none of this mattered to those of us out on the frozen lakes or golf courses or glaciers. sometimes it wasn't pretty, and sometimes we suffered, and sometimes we just made stupid errors ( poles up past your forehead . . . . ). but we knew we were going faster with less effort and any fool who ould shut up and look out the window, at least, could see that if he had a mind to. you know, the xc crowd and the tri-head crowd are similar. lots of over educated dudes in a participatory activity. within that subset are always, i guess, gonna be guys who prefer to try to impress others with their self baked knowledge of the sport, as opposed to simply going out and enjoying or progressing it. there will always be prissy little-girl smug yayhoos like that red-shoe guy stroking himself over his smuggness , trying to wrap it in some pathetic shell/veil of "science" when, as yaqui points out - it is nothing of the sort.
none of this should matter to those who are out on the snow, so to speak. as the wife concluded " obviously none of those guys know what they are talking about, just like the old time skiiers. why would anybody listen to them, when you could just go ski and see for yourself?"
(This post was edited by t-t-n on May 14, 04 6:27)