Saturday, August 16, 2008

SP Question: Olympic Style?

This week's question is: Which Olympic event best describes my knitting/knitting style? First, I have to admit that, although I love the Olympics, I haven't watched them much this time around. I HATE the way the American network presents the games, and luckily, we get Canadian TV here as well, but I simply haven't had the time to watch. That said, I will share one of my favorite, yet little-known events: Track bike racing! This is an amazing mind game. You have two strong, fast cyclists on a very banked track. They are in a race, but each one is trying to be LAST for as long as possible. Why? Because this is a race of strategy as much as a race of speed, maybe more so. The cyclist behind is in control in that at any moment he/she can swoop up the bank and down in front of the other cyclist to win the race. The cyclist in front has to constantly worry about what is going on behind him/her, and has to decide when to "jump" or speed up as much as possible to (hopefully) avoid getting caught/passed. If the second cyclist moves too soon, then the advantage of surprise is switched to the NEW second. If the second cyclist waits too long, the chance to grab the victory is lost. It's amazing. They go around the track so SLOWLY, just waiting for that moment. I hope someone has seen this event and enjoyed it. OK, so what does all this have to do with my knitting style? I don't know, I just think it's cool!

But now that I think about it, I sometimes do start a knitting project slowly and then race to the finish line. I think about it, plan it, purchase my supplies, copy the pattern and get everything all together, so I'm not hunting around for, say, a cable needle. Then I go nuts knitting. So I hope you buy that analogy. I really just wanted to write about track bike racing.

Now, long ago, in the 80's, I lived in New York City, and I used to ride my bike around Central Park every day. Once, while I was tooling along (not fast) a handsome young man rode up beside me and struck up a conversation. He, too, rode in the park every day. I'm not sure why I didn't see him before, but it was probably because he was riding so FAST. That young man was none other than Nelson Vails, who was the world champion bike racer in the 1984 Olympics. Here he is now:
Nelson got his start as a bike messenger in New York City and now lives in Colorado, where he's still riding!

Come to think of it, so am I, except I cycle mostly in spinning class at the gym. Have a great weekend! Spinning post(s) coming soon...

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