i figure i can learn a lot from other people. like plenty of young, spirited people, i used to believe that i knew it all and pretty much nobody could give me any advice. that changed as i got older and realized i didn't really know that much. and the older i get, the more i know that i don't know anything. i guess the way out of any problem is to admit you have a problem, eh? and, i think along with the realization that i'm brainless i have learned that an ego is a terrible thing to hold on to. it's probably harder to let go of an ego than it is to learn that you're dumb.
getting to my point, over the last 10 years or so i have learned to listen to other people. i didn't say that i always followed what they said to do, but i do listen. i like to listen to other people and hear what they do and how they do it. and, unless you're dumb (see above), listening to others experiences can give you a wealth of information.
sunday at the ghisallo picnic, i ran into davey b and matt keeven. these guys have been doing a spectacular job with their training and racing over the last couple of seasons, and have been become quite respected in the midwest and probably beyond. i've really been curious about some stuff that they do, and how they do it, so i just came right out and asked a bunch of really dumb questions. they probably thought they had run into brick wall of my questions, but i figured that they are nice guys and they wouldn't mind. (my friend marty knows how dangerous i can be when i get on a roll with questions) i asked about 29'er stuff (mitch the masher probably gets tired of my questions, too), single speed stuff, and specific training questions about each, too. i think i could have continued on asking, but i guess i have enough to digest already.
learning is fun, and i figure i have another 40 years of it to go.