Outrun, Outshoot, Outgrabe
I don’t always agree with Rob, but this rings true somehow.
I wear an analogue watch too, gives me all sortsa grief. Don’t know how I managed it but I never learnt to read a clock. Digital, no problems. But I think that ‘humanity’ line is dumber than being 23 and not being able to read the time. Wearing a watch in 2012 is at best a signalling mechanism, at worst jewellery.
I’m curious, why ‘at worst’ jewellery? Wrist watches were originally jewellery anyway, worn mostly by ladies. Men had pocket watches. When dudes like Rudolph Valentino started wearing wrist watches they copped a lot of shit for wearing ladies’ jewellery and being ‘effeminate’, etc.
Mobile phones = pocket watches for the 21st century?
I had a rant written about this, and then I lost it. The summarised version is this:
1. There is nothing about asserting your humanity through being able to read from an analogue clock, it just means that you can tell the time in another way. If digital is ‘soul stealing’ or whatever, why doesn’t he use candlemarks or a pocket sundial for true humanity?
2. There is nothing wrong with watches as jewellery, and is a great thing to ‘finish’ most outfits, especially for men (who really should always have a watch on IMO)
3. If I found out a ‘branding expert’ who charges $500/hour didn’t have a mobile phone, I’d wonder how connected he is to the world he’s marketing to
While I appreciate the sentiment of this piece, I don’t actually agree with it. I only find one frequent state at which I am completely focused on cycling, and that is in a race. At that point, I am focussing on where everyone else is, who looks strong, when the next move is going to go.
Before a race, after a race, on training rides, commuting, all of those times I am thinking. It’s not usually deep. It’ll often be the last song I heard that I liked (Tigers and Sharks by You Me At Six) or something I hated (Call me maybe), thinking about how I should have trained harder, about mistakes I made in the last race, about who is beating me on what Strava segments, what bike bits I want to buy next (hello Rapha) and more.
The only other time I really clean out my mind is at the very opposite point from this quote. It’s hill climbing. I suck at doing hills on a bike, but it takes all of my concentration to make sure my heart rate isn’t going too high, I’ve got my breathing reasonably under control, I’m not burning myself out too early, remembering what the gradient is around the next bend and preparing myself for it. This really only comes in for climbs that are longer than 3km or steeper than about 8%, too. And even then, as soon as things start to go a bit astray the world creeps back in.
i feel like if people had to endure, first hand, their own bullshit, that the world would be more liveable.