The old adage the fastest way between two points is a straight line is a true statement. Physics have proven in. It gets proven every day in the arena. We just got through ten days of scrutinizing and watching this take place in the little yellow arena in Vegas.
The fastest way to win a barrel race is having straight lines. The fastest way to catch a calf is a straight line to your spot. BUT, what about when there is weakness?
The reason this thought came up tonight Is the difficulty I was having roping the dummy. See, I have this bad habit of bending at the waist right now.
Now the reason for that Is that the body also operates on the same principle. However In this Instance It doesn't work that well.
You see my core strength Is not where It needs to be right now. In any throwing sport especially roping, your power comes from your core. So the body's answer is to shorten things up. To put up with the weakness, it shortens the line. That's the fastest or most efficient way for the body to deal with the problem.
You see our bodies are masterful. They are machines at getting the job done. They will find a way. Now that way may not be correct or what is acceptable over the long run. That is where it is our job to have the body awareness to say, " hey, that's not right." That is also our job to surround ourselves with people who are in our corner. Coaches, Mentors, Trusted Friends. People who will help us steer correctly.
So, to answer the question a straight line is always fastest but a shorten straight line may not be the most efficient.
Over the next few days, I'll be reworking or working again my core program. I'll share It here and we can continue the process of #Inthearena365.
Thank you for your time and attention and joining on this road.
Farley Schweighart is a Physical Therapist who helps riders and their horses heal from injury, improve performance, and return to winning.