January Newsletter Preview: How to Train for Karting – Part 1By
It’s the New Year, time for resolutions, and after a couple of weeks of really bad eating and most likely the consumption of way too many adult beverages, you promise yourself that this year you will be in better shape. No more just hanging on instead of attacking in the Main. No more declaring the last race “a two Red Bull main” and then seeing what happens (I’ve done this before, the Main went OK but I didn’t sleep for a while). This is the perfect time to start talking about how to train for karting.
It’s funny, when I was racing in Europe you never really heard anything about drivers training until Michael Schumacher burst onto the scene. Obviously his blinding quickness helped bring attention to this subject but mostly everyone seemed amazed that he would be on the podium and not even sweat after an entire F1 race. The next thing you know there are a plethora of articles on how it makes sense to be sure your driver is in shape so he can take advantage of the $2 million the team just spent last month developing a new aero package to gain 3 tenths. What’s the point if the driver’s laptimes are going to fall by 3 tenths midway through the race because he is tired.
I figured I would start this series with the one exercise that, given a choice, I will pick first and focus on when I know I have a race coming up. I have always said that the more I do this exercise, the better I feel in the kart, especially toward the end of a 20 lap Main…