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Subject: RE: OK, so now tell us about your fails and general lack of talent.
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Navigating in the car. I truly SUCK at finding someplace when I'm driving. Thank GOD for smartphones and map/nav apps.

Now out in the woods, I can find my way anywhere -- I have a GREAT sense of direction in the wilderness. Put me in a wheeled metal box, though, and all bets are off.

This is totally me. I seem to get turned around easily, but then when I go mountain biking I can always figure out where I am and how to get back. Others tell me that the trails are confusing, but I seem to know.



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Subject: RE: OK, so now tell us about your fails and general lack of talent.
Pretty much most things, especially those involving

*Coordination, especially eye-hand coordination. Does not exist. Transitions are the hardest part of tri for me, because I keep dropping stuff. I often can't read my own handwriting. I can barely roll down my car window while driving.

*Short term memory of any useful information, particularly if it's something I've been told rather than something I read/saw. Zero. I only remember useless things, and things I'd rather forget. On the plus side, I have a great visual memory---almost never get lost, know thousands of Chinese characters, remember stuff after reading it once, and can recognize all my former students, even if I don't have a clue what their names are.

*Being social in large gatherings. I would rather do an Ironman or ultra on no training than a cocktail party. Related to...
*Having to come up with anything witty/intelligent to say about anything on the spur of the moment. I think slowly. Probably not that smart but definitely smarter than I would appear in those situations. Alcohol does not improve matters in my case, only makes me slower!

Endurance sports work well for me--minimal coordination required, and you're breathing too hard to talk most of the time, anyway.


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