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Old 09-19-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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Realizations about my progress....

So the thread about Rowdy78's first track day got me reflecting on my track day experiences and frankly I just realized how hard I have worked and how much progress I have made.

I started TDs either March or April of last year and got my race license even though I was slow last February. Since I started I have always lacked the confidence to really go fast. I get my fair share of ridicule from friends because my crash record is not squeaky clean ( About every 6 months I take a dive) but... I did run the same times as Rykoson at Hallett though he was coming off a severe ankle injury... and he in my mind is way faster than me (He is way faster than me now... as I crashed the track day after Hallett) Intense high to know I was finally making headway and then bam... knocked off my high horse.

I took that slap on the wrist pretty hard and have been struggling to get my confidence back but in that struggle I went back to the basics. I spent last weekend working on hitting every mark perfect, picking up the throttle a little earlier each time, analyzing my progress as I started to regain some of the confidence I lost. In reflection, I have learned so much about riding my bike in such a short time. I understand the theoretical side of track riding in detail, can analyze a track, pick lines, make adjustments to improve my times without much input from others. Also once I have ridden a track I remember every corner, bump, my heart and can describe it to other riders...In short I have all the tools I need to be fast.


For those of you who are thinking that track riding and racing aren't for you. I think you should take another look. I only just realized the value of the hardwork, financial investment, and friendships I have built over the last year and a half and what it has done for my skill level.

Am I fast? Absolutely not, but I am consistent, able to make smooth, educated , calm decisions at the track and make consistent progress on improving myself every time I put tire on track. To me that is the best feeling in the world, when you can tell you have improved even the tiniest bit at something you love. For me I feel like I have improved 300% even with my setback from where I was in April of last year and I am only going to get better.


Those of you not sure about the track... Try it. I will personally help you get through it just PM me. I am available to help prep your bike, tips and tricks. I can't instruct you because I don't feel that I have the skills to do that but I can offer up anything that I found helpful in my development to help me focus and have fun.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:40 PM   #2
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:43 PM   #3
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Ha I already do. I should have included how much my CRF150F with street rear was instrumental in my development. That was a contribution from Mr. P and KrazeKris. I didn't believe them when they convinced me to buy it but riding BRAWP Motor Speedway gave me confidence in alot of ways braking, sliding, throttle control... etc.
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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So the thread about Rowdy78's first track day got me reflecting on my track day experiences and frankly I just realized how hard I have worked and how much progress I have made.

I started TDs either March or April of last year and got my race license even though I was slow last February. Since I started I have always lacked the confidence to really go fast. I get my fair share of ridicule from friends because my crash record is not squeaky clean ( About every 6 months I take a dive) but... I did run the same times as Rykoson at Hallett though he was coming off a severe ankle injury... and he in my mind is way faster than me (He is way faster than me now... as I crashed the track day after Hallett) Intense high to know I was finally making headway and then bam... knocked off my high horse.

I took that slap on the wrist pretty hard and have been struggling to get my confidence back but in that struggle I went back to the basics. I spent last weekend working on hitting every mark perfect, picking up the throttle a little earlier each time, analyzing my progress as I started to regain some of the confidence I lost. In reflection, I have learned so much about riding my bike in such a short time. I understand the theoretical side of track riding in detail, can analyze a track, pick lines, make adjustments to improve my times without much input from others. Also once I have ridden a track I remember every corner, bump, my heart and can describe it to other riders...In short I have all the tools I need to be fast.


For those of you who are thinking that track riding and racing aren't for you. I think you should take another look. I only just realized the value of the hardwork, financial investment, and friendships I have built over the last year and a half and what it has done for my skill level.

Am I fast? Absolutely not, but I am consistent, able to make smooth, educated , calm decisions at the track and make consistent progress on improving myself every time I put tire on track. To me that is the best feeling in the world, when you can tell you have improved even the tiniest bit at something you love. For me I feel like I have improved 300% even with my setback from where I was in April of last year and I am only going to get better.


Those of you not sure about the track... Try it. I will personally help you get through it just PM me. I am available to help prep your bike, tips and tricks. I can't instruct you because I don't feel that I have the skills to do that but I can offer up anything that I found helpful in my development to help me focus and have fun.
You are way better than most...now I wish it would do something for your looks!
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I only just realized the value of the hardwork, financial investment, and friendships I have built over the last year and a half and what it has done for my skill level.

I feel that. I'm still slow as , but I'm more proud about what I've accomplished on a bike than all the other "normal" things I've done.
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You have come a long way "Speedway Brawp", "Nascar Brawp" keep it up. I am glad you have stayed in it and glad to be friends with you.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:25 AM   #10
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You are way better than most...now I wish it would do something for your looks!
Thanks Geoff. The point of this thread was to encourage people on the fence about going to the track to actually go. Even if you don't become a track addict I think it teaches you really important skills.

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You have come a long way "Speedway Brawp", "Nascar Brawp" keep it up. I am glad you have stayed in it and glad to be friends with you.
Thanks John. You know I wouldn't know what to do without my BRAWP brethren!
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:18 PM   #12
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You probably learned alot from the story you told me. Ahem.. "throttling through fields back on to the track like nothing happened".






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Thats cool though. Id do the same if applicable.
Hahahaha... yeah that was my second day. You should have been there when I had done like 10 and got spooked when someone hit the brakes and I throttled it up through the keyhole grass to reenter the track and chase him down... passed him in sugar and spice I think... lol We were running CCW
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:33 PM   #13
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ill always consider myself slow until i break into 49s at World...either on the gas or the brakes!!!
but the journey up till now has been the best fun ive ever had and shown me a lifestyle and social group that are second to none. ride on brothas

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