Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

What can the CIA teach an orienteer?


No, not that CIA; I'm talking about the Culinary Institute of America.

I'm reading a book about the CIA and one of the author's theme's is that they teach students to aim for perfection. Here's a quote:

This fierceness was necessary for the perfection he sought. You cannot be blase and achieve perfection. You must be in relentless pursuit of it. You can never stop. If you stop, you lose. We knew that the physical world tends toward disorder and that energy is required to create and maintain order. Perfection was the highest degree of order there was, and if you didn't bring a ferocity to your pursuit of perfection, you simply wouldn't have the energy to finish the job at hand well; you'd be too tired because this was hard work and a lot of it.

If you read interviews and articles by orienteers like Theirry Gueorgiou and Bjornar Valstad, that quote might remind you of orienteering.

The quote is from a book called The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America by Michael Ruhlman. I've read about half the book and find it quite interesting and inspiring. In fact, when I got home from my run tonight, I pulled out my CIA cookbook and cranked out a tasty Stracciatella alla Romana with spinach. Yum.

posted by Michael | 8:01 PM


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