I went to visit Veronica in Boston during my visit home last week and even had the chance to stop in the Reebok/Rockport concept store. 50% off is pretty awesome! Rockport, previously known for "shoes for your New Englander father or grandfather" are making some pretty awesome products for guys our age. I thought these would be right up your alley Dave and Ian. However, I can't bring myself to tuck my jeans into them.
Since I don't plan on buying you guys any Christmas gifts this year, I figured I'd send you a link to a gift that I would buy you, but don't plan to. So, without further adieu, I present to you, the book I'd buy you, but you can go buy for yourself....
For some odd reason I took an open lane on 75 this morning and
decided to air out the ol’ blue bomber Pass-it. I put the needle on a once uncharted
section of the speedometer and learned quickly how much sweat my hands can
produce in a short amount of time. I thought to myself, “what the hell are you
doing Pat? This car is going to fall apart underneath you! It won't even be an admirable story when you have to tell it from a hospital bed." Arriving safely at
work - thankfully and rapidly I might add ; ) - I googled, “The dangers of
driving at high speeds”. I thought there had to be something more interesting
than “crash and die”. Turns out it’s mostly “crash and die”. Butttt, I did find an SAE
article on the dangers involved with high performance driving and it was a pretty good read. Maybe I’m going out on a limb but I felt the article was full of
good life/career advice too, even if it’s intent is to talk about racing. Here is a link to the article and below is the section I found to be almost biblical.
Once you perform a skill to your own satisfaction you tend to stop looking for
improvement. Yet the physiological limits to your performance of the skill may
be a great deal higher the upper reaches are virtually limitless, provided
there is sufficient motivation to reach them. Have we forgotten the effort
required to "get it right?" There is such an emphasis today on
instant gratification and being a winner that we often forget the valuable
lessons we learn from losing. Remember that the fact of trying something, even
if it does not work, often opens doors that would have otherwise remained
closed. Small failures lead to incremental improvements. More than any film,
bench-racing session or ride a long, not being able to make it through a turn
will sear into your brain the importance of doing it right. Discipline yourself
to concentrate on what it takes to be where you need to be. On track, focus on
the present and save analysis for the paddock. It is the driver's job to learn
to do the hard thing easily, gracefully, efficiently. Improvement is there for
the taking only if the effort is invested.
So, Karles, the man behind Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles shot me a few messages recently and ended up sending me a free shirt. It's a Large, which is what I usually wear, but it turns out they run small. He's sending me a new XL and said I could keep the Large.
I guess first person to claim it can have it. Just make note that it's probably more of a Medium to us Muricans.