Saturday, August 04, 2012
Yesterday i raced a NASCAR at speeds up to 150mph for 16 laps against 7 other drivers at NH Motor Speedway. This has been adream of mine for at least 20 years. When I began SPARK 19 months ago, I set a goal to loose 150 lbs by my 65th birthday (last month). Although I only lost 80 lbs so far, I was thin enough to fit into a NASCAR (or so I thought). These cars are designed for people who are less than 5'10" weighing less than 200 lbs. At 6'3" and 290 lbs, I was able to get in and out with with some weeping, crying and knashing of teeth...lol. while I loved the actual driving experience, the tenpature in the car was over 120 degrees and i was in a full firesuit and helmet so I probably lost 10lbs of water during the race! My struggle to get out of the car after the race resulted in throwing my back out , wrenching my neck and a general loss of dignity.....but I would do it again tomorrow in a heartbeat!
I have set a goal to loose 50lbs by my 66th birthday and will reward my efforts with a tandem skydive. I expect it will be a lot easier to get out of the plane than a NASCAR!
For 20 years when i was too fat to fit in a NASCAR ithought that was the only reason I didn't do it but a funny thing is that it is far more physically challenging at 65 than it would have been at 45....so if you have the same dream as I did....get fit now and do it as young as you can.
Ricky Bobby (aka Tim)