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CCSC AutoCross on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

Race car drivers are athletes– no, REALLY!

I was reading this article from the Observer last week. I try to read as much as I can. I especially like to read things that I think will make me a better man, husband, coach, and of course, race car driver.

When I show up at a driving event, there’s a lot that I want to get done. My list of things has grown so long, that I can’t really expect to finish it all. One of those things is to walk the course about 20 times. This isn’t realistic. So, since there isn’t enough time in the day to do all the things that I think will make me a faster driver, what should I do?

Well, in the article they quote Marcus Aurelius:

“Don’t let your imagination be crushed by life as a whole. Don’t try to picture everything bad that could possibly happen. Stick with the situation at hand, and ask, “Why is this so unbearable? Why can’t I endure it?”

They say that the best thing is to focus on what’s immediately in front of you. In football, they say that’s the next 7 seconds… In autocross, that’s the next 60 seconds. It really is amazing how hard it can be to be totally focused and in “flow” for what really is a short period of time.

What’s the solution, then? Create a process!

We’ve now begun the racing offseason in Illinois, so I’ll be refining my process for 2021. I’ll share my journey here, so stay tuned!