In my novel Time Is Gold, Maxi is an elite marathon runner who controls her performance time to improve. She learns to use the technique ‘flow’ helped by her partner Jack, a physics PhD, who researches time dilation in ‘extreme flow’, according to Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity. Her intense training raises her neural transmission speed near to the speed limit, causing her time to dilate, by analogy with travel in space.
Her willpower and physical ability are strengthened by practice and she gets more running done in longer seconds. Maxi’s training is epistemological, based on self-coaching. Her preparation for races is advised by her entourage of experts in psychology, neuroscience, philosophy and Zen. Maxi’s winning performances on the international marathon competition circuit cause jealousy and she is falsely accused of taking performance enhancing substances.
Many performers in time stop improving when they reach glass ceilings set by others’ time agendas. If their performance time is referred instead to times they have experienced in practice, they can feel their way to improvement.
The book is on Amazon and chronicles Maxi’s running career and results in competition.
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Maxi’s story is a novel about a marathon runner who uses science to contest the Olympics. She competes on the international marathon circuit with elite women, steadily improving her performance time. Her training regimen is inspired by her ascetic faith in ‘extreme flow’ to hone her skills to automaticity and stretch time to achieve her performance goal. She learns by self-coaching to centre herself with Zen and flow’s timelessness. Maxi learns to control her performance time and is not held below any performance ceilings set by coaches, competitors or records. Guided by her team of experts, she explores her endurance to stay inside the edge of bonking, when her muscles would be functionally depleted of glycogen.
Her boyfriend Jack is a physics PhD who encourages her, explaining to her scientific techniques she can use to improve. Extreme flow requires full mental engagement, to achieve neural impulse speeds close to the maximum electro-magnetic speed in the neural medium’s faster time framework, causing her time to dilate as explained by Einstein’s special relativity.
When she travels to contest championships, Jack and her retinue of specialists attend to her physical, nutritive and social needs and to her business interests. Maxi is fun-loving and enjoys time out from her training schedule and social activities. She seldom self-indulges, because her goal is to succeed in the marathon and it is always before her.
This is a story of athletic achievement by serious training in physiological, psychological, metaphysical and Zen disciplines. Jack helps her, explaining several techniques, but she is the one who controls her training. Will she win at the coming Olympic Games? Will her relationship with Jack survive if she does? What if she doesn’t?
Time is Gold is an exciting science fiction story of a woman’s bid for fame. Martin Knox has authored six novels in various genres. He is an engineer and science teacher with an abiding interest in philosophy and explaining complex ideas simply, who in this book describes the phenomenon of performer endurance, for practical application.
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Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity explained how, in a faster timeframe, an object nearing the speed of light takes less time. The objects he considered were spacecraft containing astronauts, whose time would dilate compared with others who were relatively stationary.
I have assumed that Special Relativity could apply in contexts other than space, with speeding objects limited at rates derivative of the speed of light in media other than vacuums.
By analogy, impulses travelling in neural pathways nearing the limiting speed of electromagnetic radiation, would dilate time compared with slower neural signals such as reactions to stimuli. When neural impulses occur within the long pathways of the brain near limiting speed, performance could take less time compared to others in a slower timeframe. They would take fewer longer seconds, seeming to be faster.
It is hypothesised that an athlete could improve her running performance by training to increase both her cognitive and unconscious brain speeds, at the same time developing strength to run faster.
Causal effectiveness of this proposal cannot be observed in a functioning brain and therefore empirical validity is lacking. Effectiveness of brain training can be compared in running competition. Anecdotal evidence from runners experiencing ‘flow’ is congruent. Timelessness and time dilation may be aspects of the same phenomenon.
My novel Time Is Gold is a story about a successful runner and the philosophy of her training. Reviews see martinknox.com
When Maxi Fleet, a marathon runner, meets Jack Cram, a physicist researching flow, their careers blossom and they become partners. Their story is told in a novel Time Is Gold by Martin Knox. Maxi trains using flow, or ‘in the zone’ and her performance improves to the elite level. Her goal is to run faster than any woman has run before.
Jack has an idea that if she trains to run in ‘extreme flow’ she can dilate her time, being able to run further in the same time, according to Einstein’s Special Relativity theory. Her training is planned at meetings of her team of friends, in a think tank, with Jack as her philosophical coach. Her coaching needs develop from accepting her father’s authoritarianism to Jack’s role as her technical adviser. He is too much in love to be able to tell her what to do. The philosophies and scientific theories of her running are carefully described and explained in non-scientific language. Her progress is fresh and inspiring.
Will Maxi achieve her goal and break the World record?
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