Racing isn’t for everyone, track days isn’t for everyone either but, going outside our comfort zone makes us grow and shows us that we can do things that we thought we couldn’t.
Two months ago I contacted Learning Curves Racing School and requested a spot be held for me at Autobahn. The day came and It rained all day. Now the thing is if I crashed in class or during the mock race at the end of the day, I would not get my race license. Needless to say, I did not pass. I was on Pirelli DOTs and the track was wet (so wet I should have gotten some rains), I made a mistake and crashed. Fast forward 3 weeks later, and I was able to retake the class at Black Hawk Farms Raceway. The weather was beautiful and I passed and received my race license. I was very excited, but I was also nervous to start racing as well, and I was almost to intimidated to race the following day on Sunday.
Some new found track friends talked me into entering a couple races despite some of my fears. I am glad that they did. I had fears that there was some paint swapping during racing. I did not want to get bumped and possibly crash or run off course. None of that nonsense happened, and the day went smoothly (other than I received a meatball) on race day. The feeling is something you do not experience on a track day. Nerves are high and fellow racers although friendly are also focused on their own game. The fact that I could push to my 90% and beyond, passing when I wanted to, and just riding in an environment that pushed myself to learn, was something I haven’t experienced for a very long time.
I still have a ton to learn, but in general I am very excited to just get back on the track, racing or not .If racing is on the table though, I’ll have some of that.