I got to drive a dragster this week.

I made the top speed for the field: 123.44 mph.

The raw power in the palm of my hands and in the bottom of my feet was incredible. The idea of moving that fast on the ground is addictive and exhilarating and maddening and frightening all at the same time.

It was the closest I’ll ever get to strapping myself into a rocket and shooting off into space. I can see how and why people do this for a living.