Desperately seeking...

cpsm100@thor.cam.ac.uk (Paul Makepeace)

> I’ve been furthering my wheel-walking (what, level 5? you must be joking!)
> skill, having just got a new axle after the last bust in Brussels and can
> offer the following tips:

> 6) Bizarre as it may seem, I go considerably further if I say ‘control’ over
> and over again while ‘walking’. Seems to keep me focussed or something.
> Might be complete rubbish, but who knows.

It just may be that this repetitive vocalization sets a rhythm for your
footwork. I tend to start speeding up, or start too fast and have to slow down
my feet. I had music going the first time I did wheel walking with any real
success, ie, actually recovering from almost losing it.

Dennis Kathrens

Re: Desperately seeking…

Dennis Kathrens responds to:

> cpsm100@thor.cam.ac.uk (Paul Makepeace)
>
> > I’ve been furthering my wheel-walking (what, level 5? you must be joking!)
> > skill, having just got a new axle after the last bust in Brussels and can
> > offer the following tips:
>
> > 6) Bizarre as it may seem, I go considerably further if I say ‘control’ over
> > and over again while ‘walking’. Seems to keep me focussed or something.
> > Might be complete rubbish, but who knows.
>
> It just may be that this repetitive vocalization sets a rhythm for your
> footwork. I tend to start speeding up, or start too fast and have to slow down
> my feet. I had music going the first time I did wheel walking with any real
> success, ie, actually recovering from almost losing it.
>

It seems to me that this might also be a case of, in a Zen-like fashion,
distracting the conscious mind from its usual mode of trying to control
everything, and thereby allowing some of the more autonomic processes of balance
and reflex to function unimpeded. Or am I just off in neener-neener land?