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    I think the real problem is that you're racing SM and you're all to aware of the body shop bill awaiting you.;p.

    I think some excitement/anxiety is a good thing because it helps with your awareness. I don't have high expectations when I race so I onlyhave slight anxiety. I think it's a primal response that will only help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    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.
    Exactly. You'll be too scarred to worry about being nervous
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    I usually get nervous towing to the track, often right as I drive though the track gate. Once I am in the car, it's usually all good.

    A few weeks ago I started on pole (first time ever) in a race, and I knew that I would be doing that the night before. In the middle of the night I woke up in a cold sweat dreaming about it LOL

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    I hate long waits on a hot grid on a hot day...
    That can make you pissed off before you even get on track.

    So during those delays what calms me and cools me is running my cool shirt under the driving suit.
    Reminds me of diving in a cool pool on a hot day.
    When we finally do get on track I feel cool and relaxed.

    At race start I'm too busy with driving and SA to be nervous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craZee View Post
    I usually get nervous towing to the track,
    True me too at least the first mile...
    We have a very steep driveway and a very narrow street...

    Towing is only an issue when I'm over 55mph which is most the time...
    Just got a towing ticket for 66 in a 55 last month 5 minutes from Buttonwillow on the 5 north.
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    Quote Originally Posted by passmenow View Post
    Just got a towing ticket for 66 in a 55 last month 5 minutes from Buttonwillow on the 5 north.
    that sucks.......semi all do 70MPH at that stretch of the freeway...
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    Quote Originally Posted by passmenow View Post
    True me too at least the first mile...
    We have a very steep driveway and a very narrow street...

    Towing is only an issue when I'm over 55mph which is most the time...
    Just got a towing ticket for 66 in a 55 last month 5 minutes from Buttonwillow on the 5 north.
    Out of curiosity, how expensive was that ticket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    I think some excitement/anxiety is a good thing because it helps with your awareness. I think it's a primal response that will only help.
    I disagree. Calm is key. In competitive shooting and martial arts we are taught to train under stress so that the training is no longer stressful to the point training is more stressful than the real event. That's how you get max performance potential. Heighten awareness that is not concious intentional heighten awareness also comes with slower reaction time and freezing. We see that all the time with dojo black belts that get slaughtered by a know nothing tough kid from a rough neighborhood. Bill's statements for talking to himself to keep eyes up and look way out is really stress reduction as doing as he says slows down the site picture enhancing awareness and therefore increasing performance. That adrenaline flow is both good and bad depending on how much. For most people it is too much so calming is the best answer for most. Age is an amazing thing too. With time you have been there done that and basically could give a sh!t and have reasons firmly in your stodgy mind for why you do something. It is really one of the last edges over the young the fossil has left. Thus there is some truth that age and treachery can beat youth and speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    that sucks.......semi all do 70MPH at that stretch of the freeway...
    It is 70mph for passenger cars.
    I got record mpg towing home, almost 15mpg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDSUsnowboards View Post
    Out of curiosity, how expensive was that ticket?
    Should find out any day, add cost of on line class.
    CHP wrote it for only 60mph and as a non commercial vehicle.
    Guess that will help.

    From San Diego my V1 detector was on but was getting countless false alerts off new car bumper sensors maybe?
    So I was ignoring the detector when it went off that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by passmenow View Post
    From San Diego my V1 detector was on but was getting countless false alerts off new car bumper sensors maybe?
    So I was ignoring the detector when it went off that time.
    That's why I only use gps based detector. Very few false alarm
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    Visualization always worked well for me. I would picture in my mind the start and going into T1 being smooth and getting my shifts right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbillybob View Post
    I disagree. Calm is key. In competitive shooting and martial arts we are taught to train under stress so that the training is no longer stressful to the point training is more stressful than the real event. That's how you get max performance potential. Heighten awareness that is not concious intentional heighten awareness also comes with slower reaction time and freezing. We see that all the time with dojo black belts that get slaughtered by a know nothing tough kid from a rough neighborhood. Bill's statements for talking to himself to keep eyes up and look way out is really stress reduction as doing as he says slows down the site picture enhancing awareness and therefore increasing performance. That adrenaline flow is both good and bad depending on how much. For most people it is too much so calming is the best answer for most. Age is an amazing thing too. With time you have been there done that and basically could give a sh!t and have reasons firmly in your stodgy mind for why you do something. It is really one of the last edges over the young the fossil has left. Thus there is some truth that age and treachery can beat youth and speed.
    I said "some excitement/anxiety" not freak out anxiety and I really meant ahead of time. Like most things we practice the anxiety goes away with the kick-off, first crack of the bat, wave of the green flag . . . Many of the greatest at what they did/do have pre-game/race/fight/performance . . . jitters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by passmenow View Post
    Should find out any day, add cost of on line class.
    CHP wrote it for only 60mph and as a non commercial vehicle.
    Guess that will help.

    From San Diego my V1 detector was on but was getting countless false alerts off new car bumper sensors maybe?
    So I was ignoring the detector when it went off that time.
    Hope it's less than my experience. I have a commercial license and my last towing ticket for 65 mph was $510. Went to court and even with a good record the judge would not lower the fine. It's all revenue driven these days.

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    going into T1....i just yell out Bremboooooo as i hit the brakes as late as i can Then as i give it gas to the exit to wot...i yell out BOOOOOOOST!!!! That keeps things exciting for me on the hot lap.
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    Make sure you do #2 before you grid .
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    I focus on the starting grid. Are there fast cars in the back because they didn't qualify? Where are they going to be headed when the flag drops? Who are the couple of cars ahead of me and behind me. Should I keep the middle tight on the start to protect, or should I plan on going around one side or the other? Is the guy in front of me going to slow me down, or is he a good car to follow out of the pack?

    I get a general strategy on the grid and on the pace lap, and hope it has some merit. Sometimes it works, other times not. I don't think much about the first turn, as it is more matter of staying out of trouble in the pack. Then it is put your head down and start reeling in whoever you can. No time for the jitters.

    The only time I get nervous on a race weekend is when I hit the 405 heading home with the car in tow. No telling what any of the idiots are going to do next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    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
    This is what I do, except I say "VROOM, VROOM!"

    Seriously, I do a lap mentally and then envision the rolling start and how cars are likely to form-up in the first corner. While I seldom get that right, it still gives me the sensation I have already been through the first couple corners of that race.
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    If you find that you make more mistakes when you are nervous, then yes you should indeed find something that works to calm the nerves. Personally, I perform better when nervous. One of my hobbies is whitewater kayaking, which by comparison can make track driving feel relaxing (though I've seen some SM footage that would put up a good argument). I find that by far, I make fewer mistakes in the bigger, more dangerous rapids. My level of focus once I fully commit to the rapid seems to be higher, as I know there is absolutely no turning back, and even a small mistake will likely have very unpleasant consequences. It is when I am calm and complacent that I end up making dumb mistakes. Adrenaline can be very helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eyeballs View Post
    Adrenaline can be very helpful.
    Perhaps but to me its just like having a big sugar filled energy drink before the race.
    It might help you at the start till it starts to wear off halfway through the race.

    I did know a racer that would but Ice water in his coke can and then offer real sodas to competitors before the race.
    Planning that they would fall off the sugar rush mid race and he would have the advantage.

    I'd rather be the guy that nearly falls asleep on grid and rests his helmet on the hans tethers and stays awake eyes closed running some laps in my mind.
    As an Air traffic controller for 30 years, when you work with a weak controller or pilot that is emotional, nervous or adrenaline affected nothing easy.
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