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    Default Pregame Jitters

    OK, since everyone already knows I'm not the coolest kid at the lunch table, I will admit I get pregame jitters. Whether it's before a weekend or sitting on grid waiting to go out, I find my heart rate goes a little higher than I think it should. I'd like to find a way to calm myself because I think it would help lap times and the approach to Turn 1.

    Does anyone practice any sort of calming techniques that work? Deep breathing, meditative ohms, ADD drugs, etc. This could be a good resource because I'm almost sure it happens to everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    OK, since everyone already knows I'm not the coolest kid at the lunch table, I will admit I get pregame jitters. Whether it's before a weekend or sitting on grid waiting to go out, I find my heart rate goes a little higher than I think it should. I'd like to find a way to calm myself because I think it would help lap times and the approach to Turn 1.

    Does anyone practice any sort of calming techniques that work? Deep breathing, meditative ohms, ADD drugs, etc. This could be a good resource because I'm almost sure it happens to everyone.
    Doing it enough so that grid, starts, and turn 1 are all old hat does wonders.

    I have a tough time thinking of things more cardio DOESNT help.
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    We help with this at the school, gets everyone thinking about the same thing. it is amazing how everyone will open up in the classroom and talk about what they to do relax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Doing it enough so that grid, starts, and turn 1 are all old hat does wonders.

    I have a tough time thinking of things more cardio DOESNT help.
    More experience will come, but it comes slowly.

    When I say my heart rate goes higher than I think it should, I don't mean higher than it already gets three and four times at week during boot camp or riding a bike. My heart is fine. My head is what I'd like to fix.

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    I will be very sad the moment driving fast fails to excite me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    More experience will come, but it comes slowly.

    When I say my heart rate goes higher than I think it should, I don't mean higher than it already gets three and four times at week during boot camp or riding a bike. My heart is fine. My head is what I'd like to fix.
    When I've been good about exercising, I tend to be better mentally too. I stay calmer and relaxing comes easier. Sounds like you already hammered that nail though.


    Umm.... having a hideous car helps!
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    Brenda: don't put your purse under the seat next time. it makes pantyhose rides up and restrict blood flow. thus the high heart rate.
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    No caffeine on game day. That helped immensely when shooting competitively.
    Keep hydrated. Nibble all day long. Almonds and water are always good.

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    Thank you, Joe. THAT's what I had in mind when starting this thread.

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    Oh, come on Billy, you're a pro. You must have something better than that.

    The people I race with are friends. The last thing I want on my mind is them naked. Ew. No. That would scar me.

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    I had to learn how to overcome sports anxiety when I was younger. I would get way too nervous and tense before games, meets, competitions, etc. Now that I'm older and wiser here is what I do.

    First, don't set super high expectations and put extra pressure on yourself. Watch some of the big national races and you'll see people do dumb things and make big mistakes. Why? Because they are telling themselves something like "this is it, I'm going to have the race of my life and run 2 seconds faster than I ever have before and take the win no matter what". And what happens? They **** up. So, just tell yourself you are going to race at YOUR pace and within YOUR skill set and car's ability and whatever happens, happens. I tell myself before every race to keep my eyes up and be smooth. I tell myself the same thing if I find I'm getting tense or making mistakes during the race. I also try to avoid making too many plans or strategies before a race which can cause tension. Instead I try to clear my mind and just say whatever opportunities present themselves during the race I will be ready to pounce and take advantage.

    Also, like Rob said, having been there and done that a few times helps a ton.

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    Ok. I close my eyes and drive 1-2 laps (in real time) in my head. With arms imitate steering and shifting. While mouthing zoom zoom.

    This not only calms you down. And it does improve pace
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    Quote Originally Posted by redtopz View Post
    First, don't set super high expectations and put extra pressure on yourself.


    1) Don't give a sh!t. Racing an under-developed race car down to the cords instantly gives your potential results perspective.

    2) Ask Bill he will tell you where you can go faster. Pressure is now off trying to figure it out.

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    I focus on my breathing. 5-10 minutes of this helps me. If you wear earplugs it's easier. Concentrate on the air flow in and out, relax the neck and shoulders, place your hands on your chest or diaphragm and feel your lungs inflate/deflate. It helps me.
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    Whisky works for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    Whisky works for me
    That's ideal if you can dose it precisely

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    Take a deep breath and remind yourself of what the truth is.

    That you are the best driver who ever lived, and that everyone else is a cheating bastard, but you'll beat them anyway.
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    Do the Friday test day, Drive the snot out of it. Do enough so that when Saturday qual comes around, you're sitting there in relaxed familiarity.
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