I played Boggle with my family this morning. Boggle is a word game where
you try to find as many words as you can in a random 4x4 grid of letters,
forwards, backwards, twisted around, etc. Its pretty good, not only is
there the verbal/vocabulary component, there is a certain strategy of
looking for anagrams, plurals, and mining certain sections of the grid.
I'm pretty decent at it, but the interesting thing is that it always takes
me a couple of games to warm up. Before playing today, tho, I had never
thought about the idea of warming up the brain for a mental task. But it
seems obvious, the brain is a biophysical system just like leg muscles,
(tho intelligent people can differ on the particulars and various
Since I warm up my leg muscles and other physical systems before a race,
perhaps I should warm up my brain also. Does it makes sense to run with
a map during the warmup before a race? Find an old map of the venue and
do route planning during warmup on the old course. Prime my neurons for
reading a map? I think I'll try this before tomorrow's race.
When I lose time, it is usually in the first 4 controls; perhaps my brain
is not warmed up. We'll see if it makes a difference.