All I want to do is drink beer and train like an animal.
- Rod Dixon

I'm feeling rough. I'm feeling raw. I'm in the prime of my life.

Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

We all could be great, but we have to open our mind to the way in which we could.
- Kenny Florian

Ὁ βίος βραχύς
ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή
ὁ δὲ καιρὸς ὀξύς
ἡ δὲ πεῖρα σφαλερή
ἡ δὲ κρίσις χαλεπή

- Hippocrates

"Life is short" - so begins the Greek quotation by Hippocrates at the start of this post. I came upon this quotation in it's latin which begins: "Ars longa, vita bervis ...".  Digging around for it's meaning led me to an idiomatic translation of the Greek goes like this:

Life is [too] short
And the task is huge
The right time is like a razor blade
The road to experience is fraught with hazards
To continuously accept reality and critical thought over hope and prejudice is taxing

Since then I've been thinking a lot, almost obsessively, about this quote. I don't think any athlete needs me to explain why.

Coincidentally, at the same time Malcolm Gladwell's "10,000 hour rule" popped up in two different texts I was reading: Sam Sheridan's "A Fighter's Mind" and "How to become a programmer in 10 years" by Peter Norvig (the source of the "Ars Longa" quote). I haven't read Gladwell's book but the rough idea is that if you want to be great at something you need 10,000 hours of practice - everything else will follow.

For reference, that's about 3 hours a day, everyday, for 10 years.

I could write pages and pages about this idea, but in the interest of actually finishing a post let me say this; I'm 26. I'm not an old man but the clock is ticking and I do, very much, want to master something athletic in my lifetime.

But, life is short; we move, we burn out, we get injured. And the task is huge; we become complacent, plans change, goals change, needs change. The right time is like a razor blade; we invest too little, or too much. The road to experience is fraught with hazards; we get frustrated with ourselves, the culture, or the group. To continuously accept reality and critical thought over hope and prejudice is taxing; we have our expectations, and everyone else's expectations.

So yeah, I'm thinking a lot about this.


  1. -- the edge of the razor blade is actually at that singularity point in the space-like // time-like cone --- is it not?

    I did not think a lot about it though ----

  2. What was the verdict? I haven't seen much action on Daily Mile. Have the recent Spring Classics re-lit your fire?

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