Racers360 Crash Analysis Service
How do we recover from crashes?
One of the most common questions we have received from drivers recently has been, "I've had a crash recently. I'm going back to that track I crashed at again this month. How do I get over this and not let it affect me?"
This is one of the biggest challenges for drivers at all levels. It is the toughest part of our sport and no matter how much experience you have it can be difficult to overcome. So, how do the best learn from a crash and push it out of our minds? We are giving you the best steps to do that below and announcing our latest completely free service.
The most important step in the process of getting past a crash is understanding what led to it. There is an important distinction that needs to be made here. We don't want to dwell on our mistakes, but we want to analyze, understand / learn, and then move on.
We know it can be difficult for drivers to objectively judge what led up to their accident, and that is why Racers360 is introducing our latest completely free service, the Racers360 crash analysis service. We want to help you get back on track and continue improving. So, we are willing to go through video of your crash and have our pro coaches give you a free analysis on what happened and give you their thoughts on how you can avoid it in the future.
All you have to do is simply email [email protected], include a link to the video of your crash with some of your thoughts. We will go through that video and give you our expert feedback to help with the first step of getting back on track.
Once you have analyzed and understood your mistake you now have to try and forget about it. We know how difficult this part can be and this is where some sort of meditation can help the most. Negative experiences are what leads to what we call, "mental chatter." That is when your brain starts giving you doubts, reminding you of the accident, and you start to doubt yourself.
We need to be able to push this out of our minds and focus on what matters, the task at hand. Meditation brings our minds to the current moment, which helps us get rid of that mental chatter. There are many different forms of meditation and we all have to find what works best for us. The following is what works best for me.
Meditation isn't this big process that we often see in movies, where we have to sit down Indian style and spend 20 minutes in silence. In fact, I do this for just a few minutes before I hop in the car, or if I have time after I'm buckled into the car.
My goal here is to take my mind off any of those potential negative chatter topics and give it something to focus on that is happening right now. I focus in on my breath and I want to get to the point where nothing else is on my mind other than the process of breathing.
I want to elongate my breath to bring down that heart rate and stay mentally calm. I take a long breath in (about 2 seconds long) and then I hold the breath in for about 1 second or so, and then breathe out slowly. At the end of that exhale I want to hold there for about 2 seconds again before taking another breath in. This technique is called, square breathing. I learned this technique from performance psychologists and it is something they focus heavily on teaching their athletes to help the athlete find "the zone."
If you can perfect this, then you will no longer be thinking about that crash you had at turn 6 last time you were here. No, instead you will be thinking only about what you are currently doing, and that is exactly where we want our minds to be everytime we hit the track!
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