Friday March 4 morning / early afternoon

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Friday March 4 morning / early afternoon

I hope to be a Vanns Tavern 9ish Friday morning

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I'm planning on being there then too.

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Hope to make it tomorrow.

Snuck out today for a secret session on my repaired GA 7.7 and Starboard 1000 wing. Amazing hour with basically no caps. Had to work like crazy to get off the water but ripping along in 7-8 mph of wind was freakin' awesome. Even found a few dark patches of water to foil through jibes. It's that weird time of year - I was sweating inside the wetsuit but my feet almost went numb from the chilly water when I was getting my board out of the water. I'd wear something lighter but if I spent any serious time in the water, it would not be good.

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Re: Friday March 4 morning / early afternoon

Live Report at 8:45 @ Vanns

Yummy

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... rolling out now, a little late.

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It was good until before lunchtime. Then kinda went phhhhht

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Not so bad on the second shift. Some nice runs mid-day. Best wind was off Old Fed campground. Cold water seemed to keep the breeze from making it further across.

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I was there just after 9 and followed Langdon onto the water - the wind reported as show in attached file: let's call it 12-15 at that point.

It was good enough to get off the beach and get foiling pretty quickly and ALMOST be foiling around with Langdon out near the channel marker. But I wasn't quite able to do it, probably because of some quick arm fatigue with gloves etc.

What was cool:
- I had my longest flights on my strong side and weak side (I'm goofy foot, so launching Vann's is my weaker side)
- The brain is starting to automate things and let me: balance leg/foot pressure, fly the wing, head correctly into the wind, and not breach.
- Talking to William after my short sess - he mentioned having just heard a podcast on the brain and learning ... that he can share Smile
- I was able to carve little s-turns and not just go straight. I played with pointing higher vs reaching faster. I tried a jibe ... . I was able to pump the foil for probably 20 yard on returning to the beach to make up for the lighter winds near shore. This wing is a 2400 and will not be super fast, but it is surfy which is fun.
- For the first time in winging I was able to get back to where I started.
- Being out there on a beautiful morning with Langon, William, and Gene!

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"In this episode, I discuss how we can use specific types of behavior to change our brain, both for sake of learning the movements themselves and for allowing us to learn non-movement-based information as well. I describe the key role that errors play in triggering our brains to change and how the vestibular (balance) system can activate and amplify neuroplasticity. "

The speaker is a doctor/professor at Stanford Medical School.

Very short version - the key, especially for adults, to brain plasticity isn't repeating something you know but attempting something you don't and failing at it.

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Thanks for the summary. My attention span is measured in minutes, not hours.

Attempting something you don't know, and failing at it is also an excellent way to learn what you can't do. So it's good learning all around. Knowing when to persist and when to quit, is probably the hardest thing to learn.

What happens in a black hole stays in a black hole.

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Randy wrote:

Thanks for the summary. My attention span is measured in minutes, not hours.

Attempting something you don't know, and failing at it is also an excellent way to learn what you can't do. So it's good learning all around. Knowing when to persist and when to quit, is probably the hardest thing to learn.

He addresses focus just a bit on this podcast and more on another one... Just sayin'

For those who have attention spans like cockroaches, it's the frustration that sets off certain brain chemical and then others kick in when you make the slightest bits of progress and it's this chemical cocktail that allows the brain to remap. Young brains remap very easily but as we get past 25, the brain becomes more resistant but we all have some ability to do it. For me, the important take away is that it's failure that starts to the process, not repeating something you've already mastered.

So, go out there and give a new skill a few tries.

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