TRAINING GUY DEATH DEFYING KEN FOX
I’ve been training Guy for his wall of death record attempt and he’s been excellent. He’s turned out to be the easiest person to teach. He does everything I suggest; he listens and is obviously extremely competent on a motorcycle. It would have taken much longer to train someone else. We started training last March, so we’ve had a year to get him ready for this.
But it’s a long, slow, gradual process getting someone ready for the extreme nausea. So to train him to deal with the dizziness, he rides around the floor in circles over and over until he’s dizzy. Then he stops, rests and does it again until he’s dizzy. Rest, and go again. We do that until he doesn’t get dizzy anymore. Then we move up onto the banking track and go through the same process. It’s very gradual, from floor to banking and from banking to wall. But that’s what it takes. We’ve got to train him to cope with the motion sickness, and he’ll also have to cope with the serious G-forces placed on his body.
To get the record Guy will have to hit 60mph, and just to get up on to the vertical part of the wall he’ll have to be doing 55mph. But I know he’s hoping for 80mph. At 80 he’ll be hitting 6G. Anyone touches 4.5G and they’ll definitely be feeling it. I’ve never met anyone who has done 40mph; on my wall you would have blacked out ages ago. The fastest I’ve been around is 35mph. While it is possible, it is pretty tough. Your heart struggles to pump blood to your brain which can cause blackouts. I’ve blacked out on the wall before. Everything starts to go grey, then you get tunnel vision and then that’s it, black. But you can bring yourself back from it before it happens as you’ll start to feel it, so you have to back off and tensing your stomach muscles helps to keep it at bay. But you can go from normal to blackout in seconds so he’ll have to be focused and quick to react.
‘It’s a slow process getting someone ready for extreme nausea’