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    Quote Originally Posted by rallyboync View Post
    So, after reading Rob's tutorial for the umpteenth time, and trying to remember what countless folks have told me in the past, I was wondering if anyone has ever consumed Kava Kava root for their nerves before the rally.
    Never even heard of it before, myself. At rallies, I'm usually dosed on scopolamine, so I personally to stay away from any sort of medications or herbal remedies for fear of weird interactions. I don't know if I'm being overly cautious or not, but I figure better safe than sorry.

    Quote Originally Posted by rallyboync View Post
    Luckily my first experience will be with a good friend who is very casual, yet we have our goals for our first outing together. I like the idea of tagging pages in the routebook, and editing the notes for better speech of the notes. I have used notes in the past as a volunteer to navigate stages, and assisted as a codriver with the chief of controls, but am still quite anxious to just get shakedown over to get out the "nerves." If anyone here who has done Sandblast in the past has any specific cautions or suggestions for this rally, please speak up, as I definitely want my first time to be memorable in a good sense for everyone involved
    I've done Sandblast twice, but I'm not sure what to say.

    My first year, we DNF'd when we burnt out the clutch trying to get un-stuck on Sandtrap, so I guess my main advice would be not to do that.

    Try to carry speed to get through the loose stuff, especially on the uphills.

    Oh... and since this is your first rally as a co-driver, pick up some large ziploc freezer bags and tuck one away somewhere you can reach while you're belted in. Your stomach might be like a rock, but you won't really know for sure until you've tried a few stages. But better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them, right?

    Seriously, though, don't worry about things too much - I'm sure you'll do fine.

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    And start drinking buckets of water _today_. Being well hydrated makes a huge difference, so get a couple liters in you today, tomorrow, and Saturday.

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    Ditto on the hydration. If you're not hopping out at the start of every stage and peeing clear, you're not hydrated enough.

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    Everyone provided me with great information from which to form my decisions. I have a special set of recognitions that go out to the following co drivers:

    Aaron Cresenti, Jeremy Wimpey, Will, Brian Oneal and Jerrod. You guys helped inform, and partially form a newly converted co driver Think of me as your Chubacca to you as Hans solo

    -Jonathan

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    Quote Originally Posted by rallyboync View Post
    Everyone provided me with great information from which to form my decisions. I have a special set of recognitions that go out to the following co drivers:

    Aaron Cresenti, Jeremy Wimpey, Will, Brian Oneal and Jerrod. You guys helped inform, and partially form a newly converted co driver Think of me as your Chubacca to you as Hans solo

    -Jonathan
    I'm glad it sounds like you had as much fun out there as I did, even though both our days ended early. I'll see you at WV for sure.

    ~Jared

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    Thanks for the tips. I never have gotten car sick or sea sick before, but after reading this I definitely will bring a bag and some meds to the rally to be on the safe side! I will be starting my rally career at Sandblast in a couple weeks. I am pumped.

    Paul

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    Bring two bags. If you need one, you'll need two. Good luck at Sandblast!
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    Hey, I just published my "Rally Codriver ebook" at https://www.pacenote.de - but is for the moment only in german language available. Do you think its interesting to get it also in english? You can download an extract on my website. And of course there are a lot of checklists inside.

    --Lothar.
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