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Old 07-22-08, 10:57 AM
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NASCAR driver wins race after 190 mile bike trip

Someone at work told me about Carl Edwards winning a NASCAR race after a 190 mile bike ride that week. Go figure.
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Old 07-22-08, 12:59 PM
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http://www.finallapradio.com/content/view/860/45/

Some of these guys are in a lot better shape than most people realize. Mark Martin is another one of them that comes to mind. That guy is as fit as a lot of 20 year old (pick your sport) players are.
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Old 07-22-08, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by sdastroguy View Post
http://www.finallapradio.com/content/view/860/45/

Some of these guys are in a lot better shape than most people realize. Mark Martin is another one of them that comes to mind. That guy is as fit as a lot of 20 year old (pick your sport) players are.
none of that comes from NASCAR.... they may happen to be in good shape, but its because of something they do on the side. NASCAR by itself will not fine tune any element of athleticism
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Old 07-22-08, 01:02 PM
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Edwards has been a mountain bike rider for a long time. It just so happens his day job is driving a Ford around tri-ovals. And it just so happens he's one of the best drivers out there currently.

It would be fun to watch him do a back flip off the top tube.
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They had some formula one drivers and a few pro soccer players do an olympic distance tri over here. The pro soccer players were >3hrs while the formula one drivers were around 2hrs20min or less.

Which goes towards proving that pro soccer players are.....[censored].....

Anyhoo, the fitness required for 3-4hrs constant concentration and lightning reflexes would seem to be exceptionally high.
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Not to mention they are pulling like 3 G's around every corner at 180 mph and the temps in the car like 100+ on a good day. Alot do multiple races per weekend.. ie Carl, kyle bush, etc

plus all the travel they do between races, testing, sponsorship obligations. Baseball teams ***** about going across the country a few times a season cuz it messes them all up.. nascar guys hit a different time zone almost every week.

no.. driving the car won't make them more fit. But they have to be in great shape TO drive the cars.
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Old 07-22-08, 01:55 PM
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Doesn't Chris Carmichael's company regularly train race car drivers? At least that is what I read in one of his books.
Apparently being physically fit helps them as well.
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Like every form of competition (except the mental kind), being fit gives you that extra edge. Look at tiger woods and a lot of the F1 drivers, these guys are built.
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For driving you have to be well built. Ever ridden in a roller coaster with all those g-forces? Imagine having to control them at every point. You need split-second reflexes, and the muscle power to resist the forces and stay in control.

It's the same with being pit crew members... pit crew members are recruited from athletes since speed and team coordination is required. You can train anyone to drive or change a tire but to do it well and quick you need to be fit.
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