There’s no point in hurrying.

I’m reading Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods and I came upon the quote below which got me thinking about effort and the nature of work: “There is no point in hurrying because you are not actually going anywhere. However far or long you plod, you are always in the same place in the woods. It’s where you were … Read More

Your brain on AlphaGo.

The recent Go match between the AI AlphaGo and Lee Sodol was fascinating. Several observers noted that they were impressed by the AI’s play and certainly learned something.  Here’s what I picked up: When making moves from a broad perspective, your actions may not make complete sense to an observer. In fact, you may experiment more than people realize as … Read More

There’ll always be someone faster.

One of the most important lessons I learned from getting started in competitive cycling is that there will always be someone faster than you. The important thing is to keep your ego in check and keep working consistently to get better. Resist the urge to try to keep the pace before you are ready.