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  1. I always enjoy seeing what Colin Edwards has to say, I mean what a character, right? But this one has always stuck with me: Source: http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/colin-edwards-on-the-world-at-large/ It must have just been coincidence because I read that after a ride home from work one night. Nothing out of the ordinary except for the fact it was the absolute fastest I've gone through this little chicane on my route home, only about 20-30km/h, pretty slow. But the thing that caught me by surprise and stood out to me this time was that going fast enough and grabbing enough throttle to lift the front wheel on the direction change - which I had never even done before. And which had just happened when it was night! I never thought I might have something in common with a GP racer, but there it was: "I tend to ride faster when I can't see where I'm going." I thought to myself that he might actually be onto something there, given my very recent experience at that time it sure seemed like it wasn't just another quip. I'm pretty sure he said that again after one of the races at Indy when there was particularly bad weather. So this got me thinking about how easily our vision can trick us - we can take in so much information that doesn't do us any good at all, and really just distracts us from the task at hand. For example riding a cambered corner - we might see a big sloping corner that sets off a bunch of thoughts and "what if" scenarios. But those things don't matter so much as the actual grip we have in the corner. It seems like a constant struggle to pay attention to the important things while making sure that we don't get overwhelmed by the unimportant things. How many people have experienced this sensation of riding on a twisting highway at night with just your headlights to show you the way, but you actually seem to be able to, or feel that you can ride faster? I'm always surprised by this, if I'm just cruising along at the speed limit of 100km/h with my low beam headlights on I feel completely relaxed, nothing surprises me and I just react to the corners as they come. I would have thought that the opposite is true because with only low beam I can see only a small fraction compared to what is visible during the day. (This doesn't work so well if I'm using high beam, or I'd just have to ride faster.) Doing some random internet browsing the other day I came across something interesting that made me think this sensation was actually a real thing that has a cause and an explanation: So does that actually explain what Colin Edwards was talking about?? Proprioception allows us to walk in complete darkness without losing our balance. Is it possible that when we can't see as much, we can actually tune in more easily to our sense of balance and our feeling of traction without it having to compete with the visual input? I found this idea really interesting. Has anyone else experienced this or thought about it?
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