Spike wrote --
Here is the background. I hurt my ankle a few months ago. When I run I feel some discomfort, in particular when I run along a hillside with my right foot on the uphill side.
Now that you have the background, you can get to the wierd experience.
I spent some time carefully studying a map today. I was concentrating and really looking at each leg, picking routes, thinking about the route and what I'd see. I was looking at a leg where my route was along a steep hillside where my right food would have been on the uphill side. Without conciously thinking about it, I thought that my ankle hurt. I quickly revised my route, climbing more and getting to the flat top of the hill (which would ease the discomfort).
Spike's experience seems consistent with
other documented "weirdnesses" in
the conscious experience space, such as
amputees feeling pain in amputated limbs
under certain stimuli. I could geek on,
but the point is there seems to be an
important (and debated subtle or not
so subtle) disconnect between reality
and conscious reality (at least some
of the time). My guess is that Spike's
brain (sounds like the name of a band)
rendered a conscious reality of pain
based on the stimuli of the sidehill
route on the map.
I think there is an application of this
to sports performance. I've noticed that
I feel slow when I have my fastest runs,
and am dissatisfied with my time when
I think I'm pushing it and running fast.
Its known that the body (or at least I've
seen the claims) releases chemicals to
trick the conscious brain into thinking its
muscles are fatigued (under certain
circumstances) when in fact they are not.
This could lead to a feeling of pushing
it, or lead to the conscious desire (and
following fulfillment) to slow down even
one second per minute (or about 2%).
Likewise, there are probably all kinds
of weirdnesses going on where the
brain's perception of performance and
fatigue is out of sync with the actual
state of the muscles. Another thought
along these lines is that feeling slow
when running well is a result of a better
information processing capacity per real
second. Again a way that consciousness and
reality seem to flux.
If one could elusis this out, and somehow
reprogram it, one could perhaps harness it
to improve race day performance. I obsess
over this; that is why I stick to a fairly
strict regular training cycle, and pre-race
day and race day eating and other rituals,
in case this phenomena is stimuli-based or
otherwise cyclic. Of course, I'm no PhD,
so I could be totally wrong that there is
something interesting here (as if only
PhDs can be right).
My guess is that my experiments would be
better if I invested in an HRM, but somehow
less interesting as a puzzle.