Mental challenges of (sim)racing

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  1. Comante

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    I always thought that racing was a matter of reflexes, courage, and will. Then in the last few months I found myself more and more unable to use RF2. I'got frustrated after few minutes, unable to do more than just few laps. Try a race, even of just 20 laps was out of question, for sure I would have crashed. Then it happened that I'm in the process of changing job and my mental stress/depression levels dropped considerably, so yesterday even if it was a bit late I gave RF2 another chance to entertain me. It was a completely different experience! Between practice, qualy and race I've been on the track for almost 1 hour, very little mistakes compared to another day, much more consistent, much more focused.. and faster. I was in awe! In the race I've made some errors, some due to setting the race time a little late in the afternoon and at Mills, this mean that some turns were in the shadows now, and one had the sun glaring just where the apex should have been. In the end I even made the fastest lap of the race almost at the end of the session, then the joy overwhelmed me and I lost 5 positions at 1 lap before the chequered flag. This opened my eyes on all the things that should be just in the right place to be able to perform at the levels required by racing a sportcar, even if just on the simulator, reflexes, courage, techique, are just part of the equation.
     
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    Yup,I don’t race or even practice if I’m stressed,my concentration levels just aren’t where they need to be.

    When I’m like that I just jump on and do some drifting
     
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    You're right, Mechwarrior online is a good stress reliever (stomp stomp, pew pew! kaboom!) :D
     
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    That’s when you need to take a quite cruise in the country side . The panoz at nords on a sunny afternoon in autumn is good for the mind
     
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    Dang, I thought I was the only one who did that!
     
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    I only ever drive when it's a sunny afternoon!
     
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    Not to forget the Cobra for a nice Sunday afternoon drive admiring the art work done with the cars interiors. Some light reflections on the chrome dash gauges is simply stunning. Some of these early cars are sadly overlooked for the amount of work that went into them.
     
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    Agree Wayne ! I do like the cob as it’s the closest dash to my little ride . Couple of Targa Tas stages and l probably would be happy with that for years . ‘99 turns of Queenstown ‘ now that’s a good outing !!
     
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    V8 Supercars at Queensland in the late afternoon is some of the most enjoyment I've ever had.
     
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