Three components that are a must in your fitness regime? 5 exercises to build full body strength and can be followed even while travelling? 2 Focus-building exercise?
Running!… You can do that anywhere and I need to do cardio for racing. Racing is an endurance-based sport. You are in a hot cockpit for hours at a time, dealing with high-g loads under braking, acceleration and cornering; very heavy steering and even greater braking forces, so it’s important to do plenty of hot sweaty running outside in the heat to adapt!
Stairs. You can find them anywhere too!
There are also a lot of stretches and core exercises you can do on the road too. I need to do more stretching!
As a sportswoman, what skincare and hair care routine do you follow to combat the stress of the sport?
I wear a sweaty helmet every time I’m in the car, so it’s not easy! I swear by effaclar to keep my skin clear. It used to be very bad, and it took me years to find something to clear it up! My hair breaks easily in my helmet, I was using argan oil but I found its healthier without it. I always use sunscreen, and I travel a lot so I use belief cream to moisturize.
You suffered a violent accident at the 2006 Grand Prix of Road America when the rear wing of your car broke; but were able to walk away from the car unharmed. How do these incidents help you become a better racer?
I’m not sure they help you to become better, but they do give you a healthy respect for the sport, and the danger of it. I think they help you compartmentalise the different components of racing so you can focus on doing better.