“Bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”
—Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
As I sat listening to my instructor before the race, I thought to myself: I am not designed to come second or third. I am designed to win. Or that might have been Ayrton Senna, one of the best race car drivers of all time, and I might have actually been thinking: “Oh sh*t, this thing is a manual?”. Okay, so maybe I should have done more research before I decided to jump into this one, but hey, one lesson in driving stick shift around the block a year ago that mainly consisted of repetitive stalling ought to hold me over, right? I’ll admit, it was a little unnerving to hear the instructor give us what sounded like a crash course (or really a don’t crash “because these fire-resistant suits aren’t meant to be a primary part of the experience” course) right before we were about to get behind the wheel. Yet, it was too late for second guesses and it looked like too much fun to pass up, so we grabbed our winsome onesies and headed to the track.