Identifying and fixing mistakes: Part 3

This is the final part in a 3-part series... Part 1: Identifying and fixing execution errors Part 2: Identifying and fixing errors in our game plan Part 3: What to look for when analyzing video In
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Identifying and fixing mistakes: Part 3

Identifying and fixing mistakes: Part 2

This is the second part in a 3-part series... Part 1: Identifying and fixing execution errors Part 2: Identifying and fixing errors in our game plan Part 3: What to look for when analyzing video Last
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Identifying and fixing mistakes: Part 2

Identifying and fixing mistakes: Part 1

This is the first in a 3-part series of posts... Part 1: Identifying and fixing execution errors Part 2: Identifying and fixing errors in our game plan Part 3: What to look for when analyzing
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Identifying and fixing mistakes: Part 1

The Visuals of Braking

Corner entry is arguably the single most challenging aspect of competitive driving. Braking, which is a major component of corner entry, is really challenging in its own regard. Our terminal speed on the
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The Visuals of Braking

False choice #1: Smoothness vs. Aggression

When it comes to driving techniques, approaches, or styles, there are a number of choices that drivers are presented with. And we spend enormous amounts of time debating, both internally and with others,
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False choice #1: Smoothness vs. Aggression

So, you’re motivated. What now?

Yes, this website is about driving faster, but let's kick things off with a little introspection. Humans are pleasure seeking creatures, and our natural desire is to seek happiness. Pleasure refers to anything that
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So, you’re motivated. What now?

You do not just need more seat time

This all began, as most things do, with failure. A few years ago, I was frustrated with my lack of success at national level autocross. Sure, I was doing reasonably well, winning a
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You do not just need more seat time

Welcome to Beyond Seat Time

I am fascinated with the psychology behind learning, motivation, and happen to be an avid performance driver who spends way too many hours every day thinking about all the nuances of driving faster. This website is built around the premise of challenging the tired old adage that “seat time” is the only thing that matters. While seat time is absolutely critical to bettering our execution, perfecting execution is only half the battle. The other half involves uncovering new insights and gaining a deeper understanding of all of the nuances that go into shaving off as much time as we can from our lap times.

There are thousands of books and websites already devoted to the study of how to go faster. Many of those books and websites are authored by people with more experience, flashier credentials, etc. But I don’t think any of the ones I have come across go far enough. I don’t think talking about taking a late apex line is enough. I don’t think talking about left foot braking vs right foot braking is enough. I don’t think discussing smoothness and aggression as if they are mutually exclusive is enough.

I think we can go much deeper, and uncover more insights than the ones usually discussed. I think we can develop more intelligent mental systems for how to think about driving and go about learning. And even for the topics that have been covered a million times, I think we can express them in new ways that resonate a little better. That’s what this website is for. I am going to lean on brilliant minds from within (and outside) the racing world to explore every aspect of high performance driving in as much detail as possible, with the goal of making all of us just a little bit faster than we were.