Working It Out

This morning I got up and went to the YMCA for my normal workout but today’s session included a little added motivation. I had a journalist and photographer from Sports Illustrated documenting my workout for a special segment in what I consider the bible for sports aficionados. I’ve been featured in the magazine before but this was certainly not a request I thought I would ever receive from SI. I read SI a lot and this segment is normally reserved for football players and once in a while they’ll follow a baseball player.

Honestly, I was kind of honored to do it. The long-standing debate about drivers being true athletes has received a few hard hits lately. Especially considering how some of my colleagues have thrown the baseball lately. Hopefully, we can combat some of those stereotypes in today’s installment.

I’ve been on a regimented work out program for a number of years but, towards the end of the 2005, I realized I wasn’t doing wasn’t enough. I decided to rededicate myself and I hired a new trainer to whip me into shape.

The NASCAR season is extremely long and it takes a toll on a driver’s body. The races during the summer months can be especially brutal. Because of that, my goal was to get stronger both physically and mentally.

My team does everything in their power to make sure my car as good as it can be. I want to make sure I’m doing the same for them so I can perform up to the level of the car’s capabilities.

Not every driver in our series is in top physical condition and I’m not saying they need to be to be successful in this sport. But, I needed to be certain that at the end of the Brickyard 400 in August I would be in the best shape I could to not give up any positions or points to my competitors. That’s what I expect of my team so that is what they can expect of me.

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