How would everyone rate the lobby connection and stability last night?
What can I do differently to keep us on schedule?
I was pleasantly surprised how stable it was. Aside from the 5 min break you called, which I am much a fan of these days, I'm not sure where you would save time, excepting in between races, still kinda gotta wait for replays and scores to be confirmed before you reset. That was the earliest finish time I think we had all month.
On another note;
First off, I feel the need to apologize to D2. I thought I was running all my cars without TCS but it appears I haven’t set that in the correct place. I’ll have to watch all the replays and see if it was on for the entire night.
I have no idea how to join the “chat” you said was set up last night.
Time for a patented Dragonwhisky philosophical meander.
TLDR skip to bottom of post.
’s comments are the catalyst for the below WoT but it can apply to anyone. I will expand a little on what @JLBowler
The general, axiomatic rule is, it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. Using a standard 40hr work week, that’s about 5 years. I’ll say that again, 5 years. That’s just to become an “expert”. Not GOAT, expert.
Natural, inborn talent can shorten that up considerably and pigheadedness can extend it just as considerably.
Pigheadedness equates to refusing to accept the nut behind the wheel needs adjusting. While better equipment can certainly be advantageous to success in any competition, it’s the smallest factor. That aforementioned nut must decide
to adapt to that “stiffer than a 2 peckered billy goat”
brake pedal. Been wanting to find a place to plagiarize you TexHill. That’s some funny stuff there.
The nut must also decide to commit to spending the time it takes to “watch tape” and start executing what they see. If you spend as much time watching tape as you do actually driving, you’ve got the ratio about right. And that counts, as least as far as I’m concerned, in those hours to get to expert.
If you have a look at the best folks in any sport/endeavor you’ll find they have much more than 10Khrs. The likes of Jordan, Woods and Verstappen didn’t get to the tops of their respective sports by loafing through the week and coming in cold on game/race day. They lived, breathed, slept and crapped their sports, when they were likely still in diapers. They probably had those 10Khrs before they were teenagers.
Some folks may be under the impression the JLBowler came in last night “cold” and wonder how he managed to keep the car on the track at all. I’ll tell you. He probably has somewhere upwards of +-50,000hrs, driving in various games, “watching tape” and otherwise living and breathing racing. I may be exaggerating by 1 or 2 hours there, but you get the idea. That’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 years. His racing skillset is always, always just below “simmer”. Whether he wants to say so or not, he hasn’t come into a race “cold” since I’ve known him. If he spent just the time I have getting ready for last night’s races, since I don’t have 50Khrs under my belt, which includes golding the circuit experiences at the new tracks, time trial laps with both car and track to equal race laps, and at least 2 online sessions with all 3 combos, one of those sessions was with a D1 driver, @Xradkins
, and I saved the replays and learned a thing or 2, he would’ve utterly owned all of us in all 6 races. Hell, he could probably do 5 laps practice at each and destroy D2. It takes him about 2 laps to get “on the boil” with any combo. He can poo poo it all he wants but, I’ve watched him do it on more than one occasion. If he actually gave an hour practice a week and showed up for an entire season he’d get promoted to D1. You know it's true J. The only reason he did have any offs was because he loafed through the week. Well, maybe not the only reason.
I could tell some OG story about me own self learning to play Gran Turismo 5 back in early 2012 and how horrible I was then, but I’ll save that for another day.
TLDR - Spend the time, do the work. It’s the only way to improve. There’s no go fast magic in equipment.