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  1. The other thing I remember from some auto track training is when drivers panic they sometimes hold their breath and forget to breathe, which exacerbates the state of panic. Good breathing skills help maintain a state of calm, which in turn helps decision-making.
  2. I think about SR’s as being things you do on the bike when your immediate riding situation triggers your panic buttons (can be mild or sever trigger). Could be from charging a corner or just a situation that is quickly unfolding in front of you that creates concern. The list of 7 SRs hits the bad things we tend to do with three of the five controls on a motorcycle (throttle, bars, brakes) and implosion of our good vision skills. I doubt it has something to do with clutch or gear shifter. I don’t remember the 8th SR but will have chase it down when I get some time. If I had to guess I would say it has something to do with moving our body in a way that is counter productive, or doing something like rolling on the throttle and braking at the same time.
  3. Great choice of words … "dynamically open" vs. "commute-style grind" visual skills. A nice way to think about the "distance is time" concept. I'll have to remember this! Also fully agree regarding lane positioning strategies being able to provide both reaction time and physical cover. I've found when you apply it as a key part of every ride it eventually just becomes second nature, using very little of your $10 of mental bandwidth. Gotta keep those seven survival reactions at bay!
  4. Interesting exercise. I guess I tend to think about creating more "reaction time" as having two core concepts. When you have more actual physical distance, or space, between you and another vehicle it can help increase the amount of time you have to react. As a simple example, imagine you're coming up to an intersection and look to your left once your car has come to a stop. You now see two cars traveling perpendicular to you coming towards the same intersection, both traveling at 60 mph … one is 200 feet from the intersection, the other is 20 feet. Math says the car 200 feet away from you will cross your path in 2.27 seconds, the one 20 feet away will cross your path in 0.23 seconds. Physical space, all else being equal, creates more time to react. BUT, and this is where the second concept comes in and is HUGE, is exactly WHEN during the "passage of time" do you actually "see" the vehicles? If you were able to "see" the second (closer) car in your peripheral vision while you're coming towards the intersection (not once you've stopped) you'd be picking it up sooner in the passage of time so the car would be further from the intersection in the example above. So now maybe it is 30 ft, 50 ft, 100 ft away when you pick it up … ipso facto, you've just given yourself more time to make a decision about the car and time to react. Cobie, this is your 70's driver who saw the other car coming to cut him off long before it happened. A more relevant example would be how closely we're following a rider on track. If we're three feet off a rider's rear wheel at 60 mph, we'd have 0.033 seconds to react before our front wheel is in the space their rear wheel just vacated. We back off 10 or 15 feet and we've exponentially increased our reaction window. Better yet, have great wide view and "see" an emerging problem long before the rider in front of you has to confront it.
  5. And as Jaybird180 points out, the third ingredient of that secret sauce is to get some well qualified, proper training!
  6. And just to add an exclamation mark to this point, love this photo / article from the most recent issue of the AMA newsletter … 77-years young "Rocky" Spano still rocking east coast enduro …
  7. Being one of your older knuckleheads on track, my no filter reaction was a double dose of WTF, but the calmer me agrees with both you and Jaybird180. To Jaybird's point, you never know what is going on between the rider's ears and physical situation. Case in point, I have a brother in-law who was an outstanding rider. He would ride everything and anywhere … city streets, canyons, track, off-road, motocross. He is now in his late 60's and dialed his riding way back to the point of being almost non-existent. His reasons are several, but the rise in distracted driving has turned him off of road riding big time. He also doesn't trust his body like he once did. While he has some physical issues (i.e. challenging knees) I would argue this is far more mental (loss of confidence) than physical. But regardless, the secret sauce has at least two ingredients … staying somewhat fit (as all the prior posts in this thread have highlighted) and as you point out, applying solid visual skills to give yourself more useful information and as much reaction time as possible. I will add, applying great visual skills (ie. wide-view / wide-view transitions) is hugely helpful in ANY activity or sport where your body is moving through space. I have been working with my 8-year old grandson this winter on applying WV / WVT skills to his skiing. The kid is ripping up black diamond expert runs and IMHO WV/WVT is a vital skill when pounding away with pace on challenging mogul runs or in the trees and glades.
  8. yup … less lean angle used (for any given speed), less physical wear and tear … rock on …
  9. Two great stretches! Also like the reclined hip and seated butterfly stretches to work the hip flexors.
  10. Hmmm. A bike on attack angle A has a larger change of direction (turn) to make. As such, steering input will be slightly longer and it will take slightly longer (passage of time) to get the bike on line for apex and exit. So yes, throttle timing will change. It might be almost imperceptible, but throttle roll-on will start later than a bike on attack angle B.
  11. No doubt, more head rotation is required to look into the turn / apex. You also reduce your "margin for error". If you're on the B angle of attack and miss the turn point (so turning late) you still have plenty of pavement in front of you to get it done. However, if you're on the A angle of attack and miss the turn point, because you are pointed off track, you have less pavement directly in front of you to recover. Depending on our pace this can also use far more of your mental attention than desired.
  12. I'll get the ball rolling … requires more lean angle to set your line to the apex, which in turn uses more of your available traction.
  13. The PrimeTV five-part documentary on MM released two months ago is fantastic behind the scenes look at what he went through to get on a bike in 2023. Doesn't matter whether you love him or hate him, it is insightful. His mental toughness is impressive. While Peco has had 2 DNFs it does feels like 2023 championship is his to loose.
  14. Vinnie, thanks for the information re test labs. Much appreciated.
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