Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Time to talk about sweat...

I was born and raised in the desert. 120F (50F) during the summer months was common. I learned from a very early age how to hydrate, how much water a human body can consume both at rest and while exercising.

When I was a teenager (again still in the desert), I did a lot of work outside. It was common to consume well over a gallon of water during a work day and STILL be dehydrated. There was a saying that was often repeated when working outside:

If you aren’t peeing; you’re dying!

When I started riding motorcycles at the track I was amazed how few people understood hydration. During the summer months a large number of crashes are directly attributed to lack of water. I would see riders in my pit and recognize the signs of dehydration. Suggest to them that they drink more water they would shake their heads and tell me that they had a glass this morning and they were fine.

When I race in cool temps (below 100F) I pack 8 liters (2 gallons) of water per day. Normally I consume all of it.

When I race on hot days (well over 100F) I pack 12 liters of water per day and usually drink even more that what I brought.

You go through a massive amount of water and still only urinate a couple of times per day. My goal is to out on track with the urge to pee. When I come back from the track, I no longer need to pee and am again thirsty.

Where does the water go? That is the subject of the rest of this article.

Monday, March 23, 2015

AFM 2015 Round 1: Buttonwillow

Round 1 is an interesting point in the year. Some racers relax during the off season and find themselves going slower at the first round. Some racers work very hard on their race craft and come into Round 1 hotter than ever. One of the questions for me right off the bat is looking at my competitors.

Who was relaxing and who was working?

For me, this year is going to be challenging. As you may recall, I started last year on a 450 triple but had a nasty get off between rounds 1 and 2 and had to change over to my 1000cc ZX–10R for Rounds 3 through 7. This means I have a fair amount of seat time on the 1000cc but virtually none on the 450cc bike.

This year we are shooting for the fence. I am racing both my 2011 MartianCraft sponsored ZX–10R and my new 2008 AgileBits sponsored R4. What is an R4 you ask? It is another triple based off of a 2008 Yamaha R6. EDR agreed to do the triple modification as well as tune her for me.

To make it even more interesting, we are expanding beyond AFM this year and will be hitting rounds with WERA, OMRRA and CVMA. This will increase the exposure for my fantastic sponsors as well as increase my experience on the track and expand my knowledge of different tracks and race organizations. It is going to be a challenging year.