I didn't get to watch all of it but on PBS yesterday there was a show called something like "Peak Performance". The part I caught was focusing on how folks like pro baseball players do well batting against someone pitching a baseball going 90mph because of the thousand of times they practiced it. They are able to tune out all un-necessary data and focus on only the things that matter and within 1/40th of a second, decide whether to swing or not.
Some of this was related to how this ability was helpful in other situations where a split second decision needed to be made and how it helps our survivability.
I'm hoping to watch the rest of it tonight but when I was watching it, I thought of this thread and a few others that bring out the importance of training. I view it as pro baseball players don't become good by playing baseball; they become good from doing drills. Same was mentioned in another thread comparing racers to freeskiers. A free skier with natural talent could end up not doing as well in the same terrain as a racer without as much natural talent but has trained in more varied conditions and terrain.
Bring all that back to the subject of this thread and you can see in the suggested time frames (months to years), it comes down to the amount of effort a person is willing to put into it and what they brought to the table when they started.
Edited by L&AirC - 11/30/10 at 3:34am