I sometimes get my fun out of philosophical debates by making an argument for a view that's completely counter intuitive and try to see how many buttons I can push before it fails. The INTPs in my class were like "Why are you doing this!? The argument would face sooo much less opposition if you just take out that one word" and I was like, "Yeah no, I'm keeping it."
I love taking the counter intuitive points just to torture an NT.
Three weeks!?! Reading you speak of it, yeh...I hear you completely.
That scrit is so much fun!
I'd beat myself up too, get mad...thinking not pushing enough.
But, kind of circled back to what you're thinking now.
My friend had already taken a couple of people out at a point where I didn't have a bike yet. So there I am, and I'm laughing at the stories he's telling me of how the bike scooted forward at a fast pace under one dude that didn't "get" throttle. How somebody else ended up on their arse. Another guy just flew on over the handle bars.
I didn't care what my friend thought, I'd just get frustrated at not progressing as fast as I thought I should.
Yet, on the first time out I rode through the woods better than he did. I also jumped the thing a full round on the track.
Three weeks out I got frustrated thinking, oh I should be doing this or that...but still getting comfortable knowing when to change gears on a four stroke in a given situations?
So my friends off to the side talking with some dudes that are asking how long I'd been riding? He tells them three weeks.
Those guys are like you're crazy...if it's only been three weeks we can't believe he's jumping like that.
I'll bet your really "great" at it, considering the time frame and damn is it fun!
Do you ever find yourself being awesome at things in the beginning but get bored with the progression factor?
I know I get impatient with wanting to learn more things than my skill level is ready for. It's something I "know" but it's hard to balance out the voice in your head that tells you "you're not ready for that" and the other one going "how are you going to know your limits unless you push them?"
Anyway. Had a blast yesterday. Second time on a mountain bike (I'm used to road bikes) and I did a little drop. Some jumps (got air!) and did some balance work. Those plank things are no joke. I don't know their name, but they are difficult and I fell off one. Had a great time and left with a new appreciation for mountain bikers/freeride. They make it look SO easy. Now I'm kind of addicted.
I'm just ok, really. I don't have any bmx buddies, so I really don't know where I compare to most people.
Haha I passed a group of 12 year olds today on my bike and they freaked out thery were like "do a hop" so I bunny hopped and they sounded pretty impressed as I rode off.
So, I'm good enough to impress a group of 12 year olds with an epic hop. I'm the man, right?
Otherwise, I have generally ok balance, I've finally gotten to the point where I can manual 1-2 parking spaces without too much difficulty (parking lot good for practice), which sounds pretty pathetic but it's hard alright? I don't have brakes so that makes it harder cause I loop out a lot.
I tried a bar spin and stuffed it. I need to find the pipe cutter in my garage and shorten my bars before I try that again. Also, I can't get a good grip on my seat with my legs.
I'm on the verge of getting fakies (going backwards). Once I get that I can actually start doing more interesting tricks, like hop to 180. Or I just need to try it and see what happens.
I'm going out right now, screw this talking about it isn't making me any better.
Oh yeah, and free ride stuff is pretty intense. I set up some planks in my back yard and spent a week or so just working on my balance going across them. It's all in your eyes - keep them tracking (don't stare at the gaps), keep them on target and not on that the edges of the plank is key. Eyes look, body follows.