Life On Two Wheels

Along the river and toward the mountains a morning shadow shimmers across the road. The rays of the first light jet through the trees and across a figure gliding upon the road. His breath trails in short spurts, petrified as it hits the icy air. All is quiet except the slight sound of the athlete as he summons himself for yet another days work. Soon the rest of the world will bustle with life as well and the brief simplicity of cyclist and nature will disappear into the everyday struggle of life in full motion; the errands and intervals, the appointments and intersections, and the deadlines and finish lines OutPaceTheRace

Friday, January 05, 2007

Hard at work

North Bend, WA
Friday, January 05, 2007

The implications of homework… In school they never taught the truth of it. I never realized the reality of what homework does for all walks of life until I became involved in sport. In school you went home and you had 50 problems to finish by the next day. How you chose to approach those problems ultimately determined how you’d do in the class. Some people had to do more to get the full benefit of those problems, others had to do less, &, of course, some chose not to do them at all. In school they didn’t push the significance of the homework; they just said “do it…” Some teachers didn’t even grade the stuff, you could just make it look like you did it and turn it in… Fortunately, in sport & in school, it becomes blatantly obvious when you’re doing something wrong in relation to what you do outside of class or competition (i.e. studying and training…). If you don’t train you suck, and if you don’t study you’re stupid. Pretty straight forward.
So when you look outside and wonder whether I’m gonna train or not, I guess you can assume that I’m a psychopath and I’ve probably just got done with a ride on the trainer in preparation for the afternoon ride in the rain.
This all should leave you pondering the teaching style of schools if they don’t preach to the youth that their work ethic today will lay the foundation of their future… Because what in life is actually more important? Isn’t that the point that is supposed to be taught somewhere along the way? I mean, they could teach different levels of fire building instead of different levels of calculus, yet if you don’t study you learn/achieve nothing! Awe… what’s the point, “unity is strength,” and that we are lacking…