Ricky Taylor Days Three and Four: Strength Training and Snowed In!

VIAREGGIO, Italy – Daytona Prototype driver Ricky Taylor is filing a daily blog for SPEED.com throughout his 10-day visit to Italy to participate in “Formula Medicine” with his brother Jordan. Click here for the full entry for day three, and click here for day four.
Click here for the second installment.

Ciao! Day three at Formula Medicine and Jordan and I are still alive and well, but very sore! Everyday has been difficult here in Italy but, the first two days, the difficulty was in the anaerobic training, which I am most used to during my training in the U.S. Today was very difficult for me because we focused mainly on strength circuit training.
We started out the morning with one hour of aerobic training, which I did on the treadmill and Jordan did on the bike. Aerobic, in this case, means under our anaerobic threshold, which we established during the first two days. Then, it was off to the classroom with Dr. Ceccarelli to learn about mental strength and stamina. Dr. Ceccarelli showed examples of drivers’ heart rates during a race distance from over the past 20 years, including cardiograms and track data. He explained a few of the research projects they are conducting at the moment regarding driver heart rates. Some studies that they have done were very interesting.

For example, if you ask a driver about his race pace, “How much more lap time could you have gotten compared to your qualifying pace?” Most drivers will say about two or three tenths per lap. But the reason for this is that you dial back your pace, which will require less concentration so as not to make mistakes. And we could see this in the heart rates, as well. As the driver is told to push, the heart rate went up and lap time came down two or three tenths. But most drivers cannot maintain this pace throughout a race distance because it will require too much concentration and mental effort to last the entire way. But Dr. Ceccarelli says that, with mental training, a driver can increase the pace with more concentration and maintain their concentration for the duration of the race. Potentially, there is a lot of benefit because, over the course of a Formula 1 race, two to three tenths per lap equates to 20-30 seconds per race.

In the afternoon, we moved to some circuit training on the upper body, which was very difficult. We had to decrease the weight by half and increase the repetitions by three times. During the testing, the trainers were awesome, saying “Push now!” But it was in their broken English, just like they do in Formula 1. It was quite funny how they say that, as if you were just cruising along. We have been taking plenty of video and pictures with our new Toshiba Camileo camera, documenting our trip here, so we will try to catch a shot of them yelling, “Push now!”
Now we are off to bed, then we are going to visit Dallara tomorrow, which should be very exciting.

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