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Nigel Stu Verified Driver
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There is that famous quote out there: “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.”

yada yada yada...

So, does anyone on here run as a way to keep in shape for our real sport of choice? Got any big running plans for this year? I decided to add in the Detroit Marathon to my 'racing' schedule this year and am looking for some race-track / weekend training partners.

For anyone interested, I'll set up a group run or 2 at Road America during the Sprints and Runoffs. A lap or 2 (maybe 4 at runoffs) at a slightly slower pace than what we normally race at out there....

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Yep, 3 miles a weekday. Nope, no plans this year for running, sprints or runoffs.

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I ran every day for 25+ years until about two years ago when my left knee said "we're done". Took up cycling as a result. I typically ride 100-150 miles per week. I continued free weight training. I try to do both activities daily. I vote for a criterion at the track as an 'apre race event!
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Use to run a great deal more up to and including ultra marathons. But have still done two marathons this year so far and plan to do more as well as some cross training on the bike and swimming. Might start doing Triathlons again. I do not think maintaining physical condition directly affect my driving, rather, allows me to push harder on hot days and endurance races and not fade as bad as others. The biggest benefit is with a crazy work schedule and family life, I can get by with minimal sleep and still function OK. If you see me grumpy at the track, it is usually because I have not slept in two or three days.

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Many years ago was quite serious about running. Raced 10K and marathons. Now at age 63 I no longer race but do run 6 days a week. It does help keep me in shape. Would enjoy a few laps around the track but will not be at RA.

Scott

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These days, I only run when chased...

I've seen some recent discussion in other forums and blogs where drivers have worn heartrate monitors while racing and have correlated them with on-track incidents/behavior etc. Very interesting. To sum it all up, the typical driver endures a long sustained very elevated heart rate while racing, so physical conditioning IS important!

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Cyclist here. Mountain and road. Or the occasional track riding [Wink]

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In my 60 years I have tried several types of running to stay in shape. And in the last years have kept it to these; running to the fredge for a beer then shortly afterward run to the bathroom. Once in a while I get lucky and have a sprint to the bedroom and have even run from the police. Not being in great shape at one time or another I have lost everyone of these races. I have not gone without my sports injuries in these pursuits in the first race to my pride when the last beer had already been taken by my girlfriend, she is so sneaky. On the third one I broke a toe. And in the last race I failed to outrun the taser shot. But in my defense I was not wearing the proper running shoes and trying not to spill my beer after getting clipped by the nightstick. Now if I get the urdge to run I just sit down till the urdge goes away. Have a good run guys.

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I stopped running and biking when I discovered the internal combustion engine at the age of 5, in 1950. My brother was a total fitness nut and biked long distances, right up until an oncoming car crossed the center line and drilled him, breaking several bones and ending his college diving career. The last pushups I ever did were in boot camp in 1962.
I do find loading and unloading tires and spare transmissions, etc. to be a pretty good workout.
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My dad told me running is for cowards. [Razz] [duck]

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quote:
Originally posted by Sean Allen:
Cyclist here. Mountain and road. Or the occasional track riding [Wink]

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nice safety gear, I used to do silly stuff but not in flip-flops, must be a west coast thing. [Big Grin]

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He probably is one of the guys wanting head restraints, side impact nets and all that other stuff.
Safety first.

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2 miles this am, it helps alot in the heat down here in Florida, car temps get real crazy inside during a race.

I was doing crossfit for a while which is insane, special forces type pt training. Ya have to love pain. It make loading the car/trailer/ and race gear seem real easy in comparison.

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So Ben, I assume you will be doing the 5K at Waterford on the 27th.

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If you don't think physical conditioning matters, you haven't seen this before:

http://www.ghidinelli.com/2009/09/20/fitness-in-auto-racing-matters

That's heart rate data from a session at Laguna Seca overlaid on top of my data acquisition. My heart rate stays basically the same during driving as when I'm at Crossfit.

I haven't been able to run much since I injured myself several years ago. I wear Vibram Five Finger shoes for Crossfit though and we run short distances as part of the workouts. Hoping to improve my form and maybe get back to some kind of distance running again. Since we regularly flip over giant tractor tires at the gym, loading and unloading tires off the trailer seems pretty basic. [Smile]

Another racer and I are thinking about trying an adventure race in California to mix up the training. He's already scheduled to do the Tough Mudder but that is maybe one step too far for me! [Smash]

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I've been swimming a lot more and stationary biking. weights etc. Recently lost 17 lbs. should help. Can't run,. bad hip..

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Sean - That is an AWESOME shot! How many jumps before you guys got the shot right? Is that some camera trickery, or are the wheels really 2 ft in the air? Looks like fun!

Brian - very cool! What did you use to overlay the HR data? I might have to strap mine on this weekend and see where I'm at. I'm trying to convince the trainer I work with that racing can replace cross-training activities. This might just do it! Adventure races are a lot of fun (I've done a few "Dances with Dirt" races). Do it. [Smile]


Dave - I wanted to run that this year, but unfortunately I'm going to miss that 5k. June Sprints are getting in the way... [Smile]

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Ben Schaut
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Ben - the top shot is a screen capture from the Polar ProTrainer software. The second is a screen capture from the Polar software positioned above a capture from the AIM analysis software to line things up. Just took a bit of zoom in/out to get the scale right.

I have a friend who is building a wireless DAQ sensor that will read from your HRM so the heart rate will be collected alongside your regular data. Should be awesome!


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I ran cross country and track in high school and college (gave up kart racing to focus on it during my sophomore year of hs), and I still run almost daily. My best times are in the 8k (27:30 on xc course) and 1/2 marathon (1:16:18). Giving up karting turned out to be the right thing for me as running helped me pay for college.

   

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