Stick with me here. This does relate to motorbikes...
Man, aging sucks ass! Sure, you get wizz-dom and all that, but it gives you other things that you don't want as well. I'm 45 years old now. I still feel pretty good but there are some things that started really bothering me, like that cracking bullshit that you hear when you try to get up in the morning. I could go on about the other things that come with age, but I'm reasonably sure that most of you know exactly what I'm talking about. The one thing that age has brought though that has been really bothering me is my loss of "frequency".
I loosely use the term "frequency" in a way, and I suppose some of you can refer to it as reaction time, but your reaction time is really based on this frequency thing, that is going on in your head 24/7.
I have noticed younger people are quicker than I am now. Most of you are thinking, "no shit sherlock"...I can hear it as I write this, but do you understand as to why that is? I think about this alot and have tried to understand it. I'm not saying I know what I'm talking about here. I have done some research, but most of what I'm about to tap into the keyboard is based on my own life experience. I can't prove it...yet. Read here for a minute and see if you can grasp where I'm coming from.
Have you ever tried to catch a fly, or have you watched a humming bird dart around? Even cats and dogs seem to have us beat almost every time, when it comes to reaction time. Why is this? It's perception of time. Time is a man made thing and really doesn't exist when you think about it. It's just a simple way for us to describe a start, duration and finish of some event or historical bit. If you know anything about refresh rates on a computer monitor, you know that 50hz or lower will make the screen flicker like an old projector. Slow folks don't see the flicker. I need to set all my monitors to 75hz or higher because I see this flicker on the screen. People think I'm nuts because they don't see the flicker. All I know is I do. Why can some people see the flicker and some can't?
Back to "frequency". How does a fly dodge your pudgy paws? How does a hummingbird dart around at high speed, and manage not to drive it's beak through it's own ass as a result of hitting something solid, say, something like a brick wall? It sees things differently, that's why. What you might perceive as seconds, the hummingbird perceives as minutes. It can process information coming in much faster than you or I can. I believe it's because the hummingbird's brainwaves work on a higher frequency than our own. It has to because it's heart rate is so damned high.
Have you ever had time appear to slow down in an accident or when you are in a good fight? I have many, many times. It's almost like time slows down, and what seemed like minutes to you, at the time, was actually only a few seconds according to the clock on the wall. Adrenalin bumped up your frequency in an attempt to save your ass. You went into an almost hyperactive state that allowed you to slow down time, which is actually only the perception of time. Everything seemed to go slower than you are normally used to and it gave you time to think and react. (you can cut this reaction time by thinking about what you are going to do in any given situation, before it happens. Mental rehearsal.)
Yawn...what does this have to do with riding a motorbike? Everything! Perception, frequency and reaction is all about motorbike running. You have a-lot of information to deal with on a bike and a-lot of hazards to dodge. The faster you can identify a threat, the more time you will have to deal with it. If you can force yourself to think faster, then you should have more time to react, or at least the perception of more time.
How does one do this? I found a great way to do this...playing twitch video games. No shit! I grew up with video games, but I thought they were just something fun to do when you want to waste time. Somewhere along way I stopped playing because people told me I needed to become an adult...pffftttt. Twitch games are fast paced, instant decision making game types where you are not given much time at all to react. Martial arts training helped my reaction time greatly, but it was training based on the next fastest student in the class. I would try to find the fastest student to team up with because it would force me to become faster in order to defeat him.
Several months ago, I was watching the kids play games on the xbox and I was amazed at how fast they could react. They wanted me to play with them so I did...and was horribly trounced and left with my dick in the dirt...virtually of course. I started to play when I was alone just so I could keep up with the little turds. At first, I could only play for a short time before I would get sick as a dog and throw up. My brain couldn't handle all the fast paced movement. After a couple of weeks I didn't get the motion sickness anymore. My frequency was speeding up! Now I can destroy any kid anywhere, for the most part. (hell yeah I'm proud of that.) I brought my frequency up high enough to compete with the younger, faster players, but, and this is where the part of getting old pays off, because of my life experience I am able predict what they are going to do. Now the old fart has the advantage! Kick Ass!
Riding a motorbike is all about seeing everything at once. It's about peripheral vision, threat assessment, reaction time, speed relative to distance, environmental awareness, sound, smell, and even gut instincts. It's about mental rehearsal, as well as physical rehearsal. Anything you can do that will give you the edge could mean another day riding. Anyone who has ridden for awhile can tell you that you are flirting with disaster on every run, so it's always to your advantage to try and tip the scale in your favor wherever and whenever you can.
Watch a bit of the video below. If you get motion sickness, then you might need to speed up that frequency. I have overcome that so I know it can be done. At first, you might think I'm trying to compare apples to oranges, but if you really think about what is going on as you watch, you will come to realize how much this really may help you with all of the areas of responsibility that I posed in the previous paragraph in regards to riding a motorbike. Watch this player constantly scanning this virtual environment and you will come to understand how it could potentially help you out on the road. I don't pretend to think this is for everyone, but some of you just might enjoy speeding up those brain frequencies by having some fun. All I know at this point is that twitching has vastly improved my reaction time and 'frequency'. It has helped in many aspects of my life as an aging person. (Personally, I love blowing people away after a long day of work...makes me happy. Oh...and it's helped me in many other aspects of my life as well, such as dodging various flying objects thrown at me by the Mrs.)
Just another tool to use, there are many others. The only downside to increasing that frequency is that your attention span goes to shit because other folks just are not moving at the same pace...pfffttt.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Stick with me here. This does relate to motorbikes...
Posted by FLHX_Dave at 3:09 PM