Perhaps another thread idea:
The difference in posted photos between having a good and/or bad photographer.
I enjoy my skiing! Awareness (thinking) happens under several conditions:
The rest just happens and my mind just sits back and enjoys the rush of it.
Isn't that what skiing or any sport is just about, that ZEN moment were it just is and thinking is just part of it.
The Buddhist in me is all about awareness, consciousness of every action. Skiing can be very Zen, but I do find myself unconsciously moving body parts to maintain proper positioning almost constantly in a complex run. When I see an obstacle I don't think evasive action, I find my body taking evasive action. This drives my inner buddha nuts.
Same goes for mountain biking, I don't consciously calculate the braking pressure to drift the back end around a corner, I just find my finger doing it automatically, I'm airborne in a bunny hop instantly when both wheels must leave the surface because my eyes are constantly scanning ahead on the trail, I don't have time to think of what is immediately under the bike or skis.
In all fairness, Gidley is a very good photographer, I'm just acting out as usual.