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The Red Mist. (archive)

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Posted by Mike Chiang on June 20, 2000 at 11:18:54:

In Reply to: In Autocross Slump & Need Help. posted by Mr. ///M Slump on June 20, 2000 at 00:18:39:

Take it easy. It sounds like you have classic 'red mist' syndrome.

I help combat the red mist by..

a) taking people for rides for my first few runs. There is no expectation to do well due to the extra weight, so I am more relaxed. I learn the course and start seeing places where I can go faster.

b) repeating the mantra "slower is sometimes faster". A famous race car driver once said "a typical mistake for a begineer is to go too fast in the slow parts and too slow in the fast parts." (not to imply you are a beginner) I always try to remember before a run where the slow parts are and where the fast parts are. That's a key component. Never attempt to 'make up' time on the rest of the course if you fudge a turn. If you increase your OVERALL aggression level without proper regard, you WILL screw more turns up.

Anyway... are you changing any of your other habits at autocrosses? Are you not eating enough or keeping hydrated? Do you find that your are chatting with friends while walking the course instead of concentrating? Is your car prepared to the extent it used to be? Are your competators improving as drivers or preparing their cars to a higher degree?

Hope some of these things help.


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