I didn't start counting paddle outings until 2010. Started because the paddler I knew who paddled most frequently kept track of his. I thought there might be something positive about it, maybe serve as a reminder to go out a little more often. It was. I paddled more often that year (122 times, IIRC) than any other year. Next year was less but still more than 100 times, and so far this year I'm at 99 times. I'll be going at least 100 every year from now on, and it does make a difference in skills improvement.
Long ago I kept training diaries for cycling with a lot more info than number of days. I'm not about to start doing that kind of tracking, but keeping count is very quick to do.
I also count number of rolls done per year. Not surprisingly, the years with the higher numbers saw the most "good" ones also.
The objective is not simply to rack up high numbers; it is to improve. Since improvement comes with thinking practice, it doesn't surprise me that doing more lends itself (does not EQUAL) to improvement.
Have you read "Outliers"? 10,000 hours.
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