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Jordan Rapp quote sums it up!

This Jordan Rapp quote sums it up.
"It's about the process. It doesn't matter what you do tomorrow and it doesn't matter what you did yesterday. It's about today, and making today count. That's especially true in training, but it's the same mentality that I carry into racing. Focus on the task at hand, not on the finish line, or the next part of the race, but what it is that is right there in front of you in the moment."

Monday, July 18, 2011

I've Been Thinking- About Evolution.

The writer, as a young man.

I guess we're all pretty cool with this evolution stuff. Except, I fear many of us have no idea how long this whole process takes.  I guess what I am saying is, that no matter how advanced we may feel with our computers and interweb and cell phones and stuff, biologically,we are still Paleo. So  there.
  You know when your buddy jumps out from hiding in a garbage can and you scream like a little girl and run away without thinking?  Or punch him in the face in a reflex action? That's your inner caveman.The  Reflex. And it's been there in our DNA for millions of years.When you're watching a horror movie and your hair stands up on end? When you sweat? When you lift a car up on adrenaline because you just ran over your kid? When you wake up fully alert at the drop of a hat 'cause you heard a noise while you were asleep?
    So the really cool thing I thought about today was " The 5 senses".
You want to talk about evolution?
So there we are crawling out of the primordial mud 2 million years ago.
  First sense? Touch. Millions of nerves, lots of them to to the epidermis. I should know, I sawed off most of a finger and it was painful. Put your hand in a fire? Remove due to pain. Set my hand on a stove burner, ouch, remove asap.
 2nd sense. Smell.
 It has been reported that the nose to brain is the first organ/brain connection. I had a particularly cool experience with licorice ice cream. We used to get it in the summer in my hometown back when I was a lad of 7 or 8 years old. I went at least 40 years without having it, yet when I smelled (and tasted) it again, it was unmistakable to me.
The 3rd sense was taste, 4th  and 5th were sight and hearing, who knows what order, I guess it depends.
  But no matter what, we are still meant to be meat eaters. And the fattier the meat, the better it tastes. Saturated fats, meat protein and some plants, if available.That's the ticket. We only started eating grains 10,000 years ago, which is like 5 minutes over a year in evolutionary terms. Look at our teeth. Duh.
 Grains are poison to people, plain and simple.


  1. I am mostly on board with the paleo wisdom, however, the "Grains are poison, and I can prove it" statement has me intrigued and skeptical. I can follow along with the hypotheses of paleo but I am not sure science can prove one side or the other yet.

    Please do tell.

  2. Hi Barry;
    I guess I'm coming at this from an evolutionary standpoint. Grains evolved to avoid being eaten by developing lectins in their husks. Poison to most threats. They do not like to be digested,they want land in manure, on the ground, whole. That's why cows have 4 stomachs.Can you imagine a caveman eating grain? Too much work.