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Old 03-09-2018, 06:33 PM   #1
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Pre race psych.

When I was racing I went thru a routine.

Sit in my Toyota SR 5 and let the jams roll.
Head banging with Y & T usually

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Then step out and give my kids the special handshake and let them know Dad would be back in 1/2 hour or so. Each kiddo had their own handshake.

With blessings I always came back.

So for the current racers. Have you got something similar??

Rock your world boys and girls.

Best wishes for living life to the extreme.

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Old 03-11-2018, 06:31 PM   #2
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im not big on routines or rituals, but one thing i always do is put my left glove on before my right. And i only knew i did this because someone pointed it out to me.
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:34 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

I guess I am a goodball.
I did my thing. I raced my thing.

Good times.
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Old 03-12-2018, 12:04 AM   #4
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If I wasn't rushing I would usually sit in my Race Buddy's trailer and listen to Mozart. Four Horn Concertos. Reminded me to be delicate. Plus, that shit raises your IQ temporarily. Outsmart the bastards, I say.

There are other rituals but they're secret and bloody.
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Old 03-12-2018, 07:53 AM   #5
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I like to sit with some music for a little while before first call, and after if I can hear the announcments LOL. Then, at second call, music goes away, gear goes on, and I squat by my bike stretching a bit and just giving it a quiet once over. Final call, out we go. As I roll up to grid I will pop my visor open, then when the board goes to 2, I close my visor in a "shut out the rest of the world and all the exists is what's in front of me" action.

I've had a couple people comment that it seems like they are "bothering me" if they are trying to talk to me just before heading out - well, TBH, that's kind of true LOL. I want to get focused and be thinking about riding, not chit chatting. Might be my ADD, the distractions are really, really, well - distracting.
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Old 03-12-2018, 08:13 AM   #6
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... pre-NASCAR Sears Point dad for the win!

... had a Sears Point clubracing tow-rig that
was a 1981 Toyota Corolla with an AM radio ...

... suppose the pre-race ritual was
getting to the paddock early
so I could get “my” spot ...

(it was under the trees where the old
hot pit entrance was ... )
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Old 03-12-2018, 08:30 AM   #7
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I used to have a teammate that would roll up at the butt crack of dawn, throw the doors open and blast his megawatt sound system with the hardest heavy metal he could find.

I made sure I was always late.
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:35 AM   #8
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In my early race days on my TZ's, I used to visualize the race track for about 3 laps before putting on my helmet and glvoes. I used to do that away from the track with a stop watch to keep myself honest in regard to view, sound, shift/break and body position movements.

In present day, everyone tells me I am sleeping because they hear me snoring up until first call. Friggin youngins have no appreciation the sounds that a 4-stroke motorcycle make....sheesh
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:51 AM   #9
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at Rob. You didn't need that to go fast. Some of us did...

The visualization thing was on my list too Eric. I had my Keith Code inspired self drawn track map with reference points on it (braking markers, spots on the pavement, whatever). Same deal..look at the map.. visualize the reference points. Click through the gears and such in my mind... and then Pick them out on the warm up lap.

The Olympic downhill folks were doing that in a big way and while the body movements were way more subtle you can see them working the mind to prepare the body.

Love my Meniketti -- Thanks John. Listening now..
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:57 AM   #10
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my grid routine is mostly about relaxing. all the stuff before that, making sure everything is perfect before getting onto the grid is stressful enough. the sighting lap is where I convince myself I didnt forget anything. then sitting on the grid is where I chill. I take a Gu, drink some water or electrolyte mix, cool down w/ a frozen towel on my neck, and relax. the lower I can get my heart rate and the calmer I can be, the better my start and first few corners are.
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Old 03-12-2018, 03:42 PM   #11
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Black Bear usually played by the band of the Gordon Highlanders. Was my boxing tune when we would get piped into the ring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7PKSOAtUjc
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Old 03-12-2018, 05:35 PM   #12
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I just want a few minutes alone so I can relax... do some pre race visualization and finalize my "plan of attack" because depending on where I'm racing... who I'm racing ...and WHAT I'm racing...it requires different strategies. Most importantly though...I want time to enjoy the moment cause I know how special it is and I won't be able to do it forever... (although I've already outlasted most of my racer buddies )
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:04 PM   #13
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Does taking shit before race count as ritual?
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:16 PM   #14
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I have had the second race on Saturday for the past two years.

When the first race goes to first call I get my leathers on along with my boots. That usually takes me to second call for the first race where I start to visualize the track. Third call for race one I have to pee so I handle that. I am normally back to my pit spot by the time the green flag drops for race one, and then I have to poop.

I then wonder if I have time to go, which I probably do have the time, but I skip it as my fear of missing my race seems to outweigh my fear of shitting my pants.

First call for my race I triple check that my tire warmers are still on, and then remember that I should probably put some gas in.

By the time I put the fuel in, it is second call, so I put the helmet and gloves on and go back to visualizing.

Final call I pull the warmers off and go grid up and race.

Post race, I check my leathers for poop. Poop is never there, and I never have to poop so there must be some sort of race vortex that absorbs nervous dookie.
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Does taking shit before race count as ritual?
You dont take it you just give it by the bucketful
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