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Re: Why Are Fast Guys Fast?
There are ten million little things you need to do well and consistently do well. They're just a little bit better going into every turn and a little bit better through each turn and a little bit coming out of each turn. Add up all those little bits and you end up with a second or two or three- which is what separates the racers and the elite.
At the super elite levels, that's when "natural ability" comes into play. I'm convinced just about anyone could make it to the AMA if it was their life goal from childhood. It requires a fuck ton of work, but it can be done. Now going from AMA to top dog, well, someone has to better at it. Even then, I bet the amount of work you put in has a lot to do with it. You can see it in professional sports that are very skill oriented like baseball. Harder working athletes prevail and those who show up with the biggest headstart and all the talent in the world fail after one good season and taking it for granted. That's the professional level.
I was a fairly good wrestler in high school. I would practice with one of the best in the country who would train with his cousin who was an elite college wrestler under Dan Gable at Iowa (google it). We would spend 2-3 hours after a 2 hour practice doing the same move, or in most days, part of it. We'd drill the same 1/4th of a seemingly simple take-down for 2-3 hours. Same three steps-arm up, shoot in, grab ankle. Next week, grab ankle, switch feet. A zillion times. After doing that, I could tell most anyone that wasn't an elite wrestler I was going to take them down with that move and they couldn't defend against it.
As with any skill you hone in like this, whether it be throwing a baseball or riding a motorcycle or skiing down a mountain, it's all in the details. That's why you practice every minutia a million times.
Cliff notes: They work harder, longer. No real secret.
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