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Ken's video shows some great work with mental work done while under physical pressure.
Way late with my comment, but I'm not sure it's doing anything more than making him be able to do math problems while juggling or doing other exercises.

I base this mostly on my experience with snowboarding, which was impossible at first, then became something I could do while daydreaming. And now, I just daydream about snowboarding (a different problem altogether).

The brain develops some pretty specialized circuitry to handle "routine" processing. The more specific tasks are practiced, the more automatic they become. If math lives in a very specific part of the brain, it's not going to help verbal, or spatial recognition. Task specific training will continue to be more effective.
 

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I drink Coors Lite on rally weekends.
It's not like it's the Olympics, it's a fun club rally.

Just sayin'.

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I go to the gym every weekday.
Typical routine is 5-10 minutes of body weight exercises. Push ups, crunch's, squats, etc. High intensity with no rest periods. Then I hit a bike for 20 minutes. Easy pace for 5 minutes than 1 minute of high level followed by 2-3 minute rest and repeated til done 4 high level ones and 20 minutes total time.
Then comes the fun part of 20-45 minutes of sauna and reading.
During the summer I'll swim outside instead of going into the gym on alternate days.
I still drink a lot of beer and smoke all the time. I eat relatively healthy but not very often, twice per day max, more often just lunch. I drink alot of tea.
Our generation could definitely use mental concentration training more than anything.
 

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Don't forget core training (abs, lower back, olbiques) can help reduce your risk of injury during a big impact. It can also reduce (or in my case completely take away) general post-rally soreness. Combine weight training with things that are actually functional (i.e. sports) and you got yourself strength and control, which means some extra durability...and we all want to be durable right!?

I think XC mountain biking is something that's a huge benefit to any rallyist. You get sections of sustained cardio mixed with intervals, use of your legs, arms, hips, and core to manuever the bike through obstacles, the need to keep concentration and form while exhausted, use of your vision to scan and pick a line in the distance while simultaneously dealing with all sorts of hazards in front of you...oh, and practice not being a pussy...always good skill to train when it comes to rally :p

I do about two days a week of pure weight training, but from a rally perspective that probably just pisses my drivers off for adding weight...oh well! When Malcom Wilson knocks on my door I'll stop...

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.......Then I hit a bike for 20 minutes. Easy pace for 5 minutes than 1 minute of high level followed by 2-3 minute rest and repeated til done 4 high level ones and 20 minutes total time.
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I still drink a lot of beer and smoke all the time. ........

I used to smoke *WHILE* I was bicycling (and rallying for that matter).

Then in 2000 I had quintuple bypass surgery, a heart attack in 06 (then I quit smoking), another heart attack in 08 as a reminder. Then I had both knees replaced this winter and will be able to start bicycling again in a few days/weeks. I wonder if I can start smoking again, because you smoke.... ya douche bag :)

You wrote your generation needs better concentration. What, you can't remember the warnings on a pack of cigarettes?

Kids...... Sheesh....... :)
 

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Reading about heart attacks and surgery ... Maybe I need to skip the Pizza a few times and work out a little more often... i've been slacking pretty bad on my fitness program...
 

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You wrote your generation needs better concentration. What, you can't remember the warnings on a pack of cigarettes?
As a Biostatistician I don't really believe any medical research from the past fifty years. Especially observational research. Smokers have lower costs to society in the long term too. Lung cancer tends to kill ya quick compared to the slow deaths that tend to occur for healthy people.
Funny thing is I coauthored a few papers on alcohol use and surgical outcomes one published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and another about to be published in the American Journal of Surgery.

The internet, television, commercials, etc have all taken away from the ability to really focus on something. The internet is the worst. Answers to anything you want to know are just a click away. The search for new questions is going to be a lost art before long...
 

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[video]www.dailymotion.com/video/xiqlgc_sport-science-carl-edwards_sport[/video]

Somethin I stumbled upon online. He's a NASCAR driver, not rally or F1 but still in real good shape and quick reflexes.
 

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As a Biostatistician I don't really believe any medical research from the past fifty years. Especially observational research. Smokers have lower costs to society in the long term too.
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Blinded by science? Can't see the forest for the trees? Counting on reading the tree line rather than the rally notes?

After you call a meat wagon to pick you up because you're having chest pain tell the 911 operator you have to call me and let me know what you think about smoking.
 

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[video]www.dailymotion.com/video/xiqlgc_sport-science-carl-edwards_sport[/video]

Somethin I stumbled upon online. He's a NASCAR driver, not rally or F1 but still in real good shape and quick reflexes.
The sports science specials on ESPN are usually quite good, although I'm curious how guys like Tony Stewart would perform...

The new top drivers in NASCAR seem to take it a little more seriously than in the old days at least, but it would be interesting to see how much it really matters.

It would be cool to see design a test to see how top rally drivers can process information while completing a task or heart rates/blood pressures of top co-drivers on stage as well.

As for quitting smoking...I heard one comedian say something like, "quitting smoking is so much easier than quitting drinking. It's not like you're hanging out with you're friends talking about 'remember that time we were on the porch smoking? Oh man we had SOOO many cigarettes. It was AWESOME.'"

Although every time I've had a cigarette it really made me not want another, which means I probably just don't get it. Or understand the persistance behind getting addicted.

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When i quit smoking i had visible shakes, and threw up a few times. went from 1.5 packs a day to 0

I had caught walking pneumonia for the 2nd time in a year, after just getting over bronchitis. Due to the pneumonia, i could barely smoke so i decided that would be the best time to try.

I had to smoke a few cigarettes a day for a few weeks before i was addicted, but each cigarette gave me a buzz. by the time they stopped giving me a buzz i was addicted. aah the dumb things i did at 16 :)
 

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I've quit smoking three times now. First time for two years. Cut back for a few months and then cold turkey. Went to Madrid and Barcelona for 10 days and it made it easy. Second time I quit for about a 9 months. Same method but Paris. Third time was Turks and Caicos. It's getting out of the habits that is the hard part of quitting smoking.
 

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How I quit smoking

They say everyone has to try smoking several times before being successful. I say, BULLSHIT!

Over the years I tried quitting 3 times (once when I was around 19, then around 30, and once in my late 30's). Each time I had withdrawl and was convinced by the literature and conventional wisdom that I was addicted. BULLSHIT! All it was was a tolerance for nicotine.

I had tried a 12 step program. What a bunch of bullshit for an athiest. Higher power... my ass. The only higher power I know are the New World Order of US rally twits that brought us over-priced, over-promoted, over-exposed forest sprint racing.

After my '06 heart attack my wife picked up a book at our local library put out by the American Lung Association. There were a bunch of different methods to quit. Most included picking a quit date etc. None of it rang any bells for me, so I did't try them.

One thing I read in the book was about writing a log about each cigarette I smoked. Things such as: what I was doing, what I got out of the cigarette, how I felt after the cigarette etc. Nothing long, just a few comments about each cigarette. After about 2 weeks of that I stopped. No withdrawl. No tapering off. No drama. No pain. Easy. About 2 weeks later I tried 2 cigarettes one day to see if I had beat it. Piece of cake. Haven't smoked since. That was almost 5 years ago, and remains easy. I rarely even think about it.

When they said the world was going to end this past weekend I kidded around about buying a pack of cigarettes.

Anyway the moral to the story is: **** FOR ME **** it wasn't addiction. It was a really bad habit I had to learn to stop. It was easy. For decades I had been convinced I was addicted. BULLSHIT.
 

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Went from 4+ packs a day to nothing. Cold turkey. This was 7 1/2 years ago and was the best thing I have ever done. My lung capacity began to regenerate almost immediately and it absolutely made a difference in everything I did, including co-driving. Also began doing P90X last year and dropped a bunch of weight which also made a big difference. Have been nursing a shoulder injury for the past 6 months, but will be getting back to the workouts shortly.
 

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I Somke for 22 years , went my second son was born back in dec 2005 I promise my wife that this time ( second ) I will quit , wasn't to 5 days later after my yearly Fisical that I got call from the doctor , to make a long story short they say that was possible I had long cancer, I had to wait for my insurance to approve a cat scan ( took two weeks) the longes two week of my life , result was that they made a mistake , mistake that cause me to shit my pants and decided to quit , cold turkey , is bent now 6 + years and I have to say one of the best desitions I made after rallying that is :cool:
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im trying to stop drinking soda. Oddly, its kinda worked, but i find myself wanting one. Yea i know "lame" but i dont smoke and i maintain a reasonable level of fitness. I find that i am more alert, quicker acting when i retain a "healthy" lifestyle. And i have been able to notice this affecting my driving as I drive roads other than stage ones in Idaho frequently.

The biggest factor I've seen for me is sleep. Followed by food intake. If im rested and not loaded with crap food, my concentration is better and lasts much longer.
 

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The biggest factor I've seen for me is sleep. Followed by food intake. If im rested and not loaded with crap food, my concentration is better and lasts much longer.
Same for me as a navvie and it also helps with nausea. I started with the patch but ditched it at the beginning of last year (it dried me out and made me feel "off" all weekend even if I didn't get sick). Now I focus on staying hydrated and trying to eat well during the event. For me that means low-sugar so my body doesn't have a crash coming down from eating something like a candy bar. I try to carry Clif bars for snacks and eat complex carbs, protein, and fruit during services (sandwiches with meat and veggies, trail mix, protein bars, fruit, etc.). I also carry Gu energy gels with me in case I do need a pick up. Some of them have caffeine.

This all comes from what I've learned about myself during training for endurance sports (marathons or triathlons). I eat very low-sugar and low-carb on a daily basis. It's a struggle to keep that going on rally weekends.

I would like to do CrossFit but I'm not willing to pay $100+/month to join a CrossFit gym and there is not one close enough to me to make sense anyway. I focus on running and throw in road cycling and (occasionally) swimming.
 

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CrossFit is quite intense, I've looked into it after my year + on another program. I steered away as there is a much higher risk of injury because of some of the lifts they do. Form is key, but if you're pushing yourself, it wouldn't take a couple bad reps on dead lifts to ruin your back.

I've been doing Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping for over a year now. It has made major improvements in all aspects of my life. From time with my family and to my racing. It has really transformed my life.
http://www.extremebodyshaping.com/

It's a good mix of intense cardio + strength training + nutrition. All three are the key to success and they have it developed to be a lifestyle change, rather than just some quick weight loss program. You can't out-exercise a bad diet.

Thanks - Jon
 
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