Thanks! It was truly fun to share this experience. Come to an AHRMA round and relive those motocross days... The MX tracks are, uh, "age appropriate" for both the bikes and riders most of the time.
I could only imagine starting later. Honestly seems like this point in my life is perfect for beginning track riding. Any younger and I would think I'm invincible, any older I wouldn't bounce back day after day like I currently can (at least not without lots of working out and focused fitness.) We'll see if I can stay that way.
So, you think it'd be terrible to wake up and realize you're 40 and have unrealized dreams? Heh. Wait until you are thinking that, except the age will be 80! But one also has to accept the fact that one probably can't/won't/shouldn't do EVERYthing one ever desires to do (besides, some of those things will land you in jail).
However, I too have enjoyed the stories and applaud you for doing what you've done. And I also thank you for documenting it for others to read about (because really, reading about it's as close as 90% of us are ever gonna get). But vicarious living is still living, after all. And that is why Dwayne Johnson gets paid the BIG BUCKS...
It's true that I will probably always have some unrealized dream. That's just life. I think this stems more from having ONLY unrealized dreams up until last year.
And thanks for following along! It readers like you that make it possible for me to go out and tell these stories.
Thanks for following along!
My background was pretty sparse really. I had a decent number of miles on various street bikes, and owned a few enduros, but never rode much track or trail prior to last year. Dirt and off road riding is the easiest to "ride your own race," that's for sure. With larger courses and slower speeds it is a lot more inviting to newbies who might be intimidated by the faster riders on the starting line.
I really enjoyed road racing. that was something I had been wanting to do the most (along with ice racing) and thus once I got a taste dove into the deep end and bought a dedicated track bike. It's a first-gen SV650 that will allow me tons of room to grow and gain skill. I picked it up last fall at the end of riding season so am very excited to get it out on the track later this month seeing how the furthest I've ridden it was from the sellers driveway onto the trailer. A non-street legal bike on slicks isn't something to toodle around the neighborhood on. The XR will be staying with me, and I'll do a few off-road events this year. I'll also be loaning it out to friends to join me. It needs a little work at this point, last year was a pretty tough on it.