Thursday, August 8, 2013

Back on the track

Yesterday afternoon I ventured to an indoor kart track in Indianapolis. It had been awhile since I drove anything as fast as I could drive it so I was highly looking forward to getting in the driver's seat. 

The track I went to is on a split level and it felt amazing to once again experience the feeling of speed. As I was driving I paid attention to the g-forces along with the secure feeling of the belts that held me in the seat with a high sense of security and I realized that I felt about as safe and secure as possible while I was zipping within inches of the walls at a high rate of speed. 

For those of you that don't know my story I'd like to mention that I raced karts from 1995 to 2003 as well as being a race driving instructor in 2003. One of the things, well, the thing I loved most about driving was the feeling of becoming one with the vehicle. It's a hard feeling to explain but when I was turning my fastest laps yesterday everything in life made sense. It was more than just living in that moment of trying to shave a tenth of a second off my lap time. Yes, it's more than that as the sensory feeling from the forces puts my body at ease and minimizes the amount of anxiety my mind has from thinking. 

I could write more about this but it's something that, quite honestly, unless you've experienced it this is something that you probably can't understand. I mean, how odd is it that an environment where there are g-forces trying to push your head over, the bumps makes breathing difficult and one wrong move can lead to a painful crunch into the wall is the environment that I feel the safest and most secure. As I said, how could I explain that as it would seem to make no sense but for me, well, I can't wait to go again. 

1 comment:

  1. It's been quite a while since I've been in a kart, and I'm not sure if the go karts that I've been in are the same as the ones you may be talking about. I've done the tracks like those over at Boschertown but not anything that is considered actual racing. At this point, I'm pretty happy strapping myself into the latest Mario Kart and getting my thrills that way. Glad you had a great time Aaron!