Posture, and head movement

(Mike Clark) #61

TJ, earlier in the thread you mention biceps in reference to steering. Wouldn’t biceps be used if pulling the wheel and triceps used if pushing? I guess using both would be more of an arm locked method.

I always like to note what were my physical weaknesses are so that I can work on them with training. Sometimes I do feel it indicates that I have a driver comfort issue or a change in method is needed

In my first race day my brother said he could just see when things physically got me. You looked OK, then next lap you looked like a sock monkey. I have found once I start fatiguing to the point my head position starts to fade with less and less laps it become a sign the end is near.

(TJ Koyen) #62

Correct, that’s why I say that people use their biceps too much because they are pulling on the wheel rather than pushing.

When I drive, my biceps never feel tired. My forearms and triceps do though.

(Justin Dittrich) #63

Didn’t Crews just win the Finals?

Finally got the kart adjusted better to my size (since I’m 6’ 4") and I feel like a whole new person when I’m racing. Now I just need to get some conditioning so my head doesn’t fall off during a 40 lap final, haha

(Aaron Hachmeister) #64

Yeah he just won the X30 Mini World finals.

That seat looks a lot better for you, much less squeezed together. What did you guys do specifically to the seat that helped out?

(Justin Dittrich) #65

We originally had a Max Transformer seat in the factory suggested position. Finally decided to scrap that, since I’m way too tall to suit it. It was very difficult to move around in since I was pretty much pinched in the seat by the hips. Swapped for a Tillett, dropped the angle and position back. Never have I felt so comfortable in a go-kart.

(Nick Rowland) #66

Hi all,

I appreciate it’s a little while since anyone posted in here but I was wanting to seek some advice.
As a driver I am 6ft and probably a little heavier. I have noticed a large improvement in recent months of DMAX racing here in the UK from leaning and pushing the wheel more.
I have a few issues though:

  1. I am not sure if I am excessively leaning as around 45mins in to a 1hr race I am getting really bad neck ache and feeling like I am going to fall out the side of the Kart. Is that conditioning or am I over emphasis the lean?
  2. I feel like I am getting a lot of rear vibration. Chatter almost. So when I go through the corner feels like the rear is bouncing if I am leaning and pushing myself backwards.
  3. I don’t lean in to a corner, even slow speed, I always exaggerate leaning outwards. I don’t know if that helps?

Here is a pic of me head on, unfortunately not in a corner, but it represents how I hold myself:

Any advice on these?


(Dom Callan) #67

I would guess this is a conditioning thing more than anything else. You are talking about 1hr uninterrupted seat time which is a huge amount. So, yeah, after 45mins your head will start to fall off. I suspect that if you do these endurance races frequently you’ll “get used to it”. maybe some targeted strength training? Maybe shrugs to build up those shoulder/neck muscles?

Re hopping etc: could this be a function of tires overheating? Those are long sessions and maybe the tires heat cycle isn’t designed with hour long run times in mind?