First X Track Experience 06AUG11 @ACC w/STT
I had so much FUN! Where do I begin?
What help me prepare for the track was reading Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch, Total Control by Lee Parks, A Twist of the Wrist 2, and watched the DVD version a bunch of times since I’m more of a visual learner. The DVD version of A Twist of the Wrist 2 helps me understand the book more. The most important to me was to understand Throttle Control. A person going into/exiting the turn and not rolling off, but keep a consistent ROLL ON method. How the suspension react to the roll off method in mid turn. Amongst other valuable techniques!
Total Control by Lee Parks helps me understand boding position. The book has a lot of pictures to compare correct and incorrect body position even pictures from pro riders’ (errors).
Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch is very detail with exercises on riding techniques.
Now let’s talk about going to the track alone. I bought a case of water, Gatorade, and an E-Z up canopy later to find out it was defective: ripped, bent, and missing bars…
I also had to bribe a friend to tag along with me. I paid for all his food expenses, drinks, and go kart. I packed up extra clothes, tools that I would need, and 3M delicate painters tape. Woke up 5:00am and left the city to ACC at 5:30am. I got caught in the rain, but was determine to experience the track. However following my friend in his SUV we had a hard time finding the place once we exit. Also I had to fill up before we enter the ACC camp site, so I was running a little late. (7:33am) Found a spot to set up, checked in.
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While trying to speed walk back to my bike, I seen Terra and Shelly, so I decide to introduce myself and chat a bit. Next, I ran back to my bike to prepare for tech spec.
Getting Ready for Tech Spec
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However, while I was concentrating to get my bike ready for the track, I noticed that no one was around me, so I ran over to the STT meeting. After that novice had their first meeting. I meet the people in my group 6 and my awesome coach TEA! People where asking a lot of questions to SG, and I didn’t want to be rude, and leave even though my bike wasn’t ready for tech spec. When everybody was done asking questions, I ran back to my bike to finish, took it to tech spec, lower the psi on my power pures, and rode back to suit up. I started the bike, and I was approach by a guy in intermediate and was told that Novice had already left hot pot lane, and can’t go on the track without my coach. So I turn the key to the off position, and I was disappointed that I miss my first session.
Missed my First Session
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I later found Tea and was told that I still could have waited on hot pit, and the grid marshal will let me join my group when they pass. (Aww MAN!) Well I’m not going to miss the 2nd session. After the 2nd session we had another meeting. I asked the lady next to me, which was in my group when do you brake because I never broke throughout the whole session? She replied, “I only broke when I was coming to hot on you”.
Through out the day I could not hear the PA system even though I was set up near the middle of the track. So I constantly looked at people stickers on their bike, and walk around to ask the novice group (since I was surrounded by intermediate level riders) what time will be are next session. By lunch time, I decided to walk around to meet other CLSB members, and I had the opportunity to meet Nolan. Next, I decided to check my photo’s at sideline trailer. The pictures don’t lie on your body position, and I notice my elbows where not relax on the tank while in a turn. I should have checked my pictures earlier, so I can adjust throughout the A.M. session, and improve. The cool thing about my P.M. session it was just me and Kevin with Super Girl that mean more focus on US!
Kevin and I were lined up on hot pit lane and watched the entire Novice group leave. I was like where’s SG. However, one novice coach waited for us to tag along with him, so he guided us on the track. But, I decided that he was riding to fast for my pace, so I back off a little. I ended up riding by myself, which I was fine because I was being consistence with my lines, and pushing myself little by little. By the 3rd lap, SG found me on the track. I was, so happy. She pulled in front on me and tapped the bike end of her bike. GAME TIME! Time to get my track ON! I followed her throughout the track while improving my pace. After that, SG waited for me on hot pit lane to inform me I need to get my butt off the seat. Ok gotcha, next session I will do it! However I was a little fatigue from the track and the heat, so I decided to sit out.
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Now, it’s my last session, which is also has 2 Up riders. I’m gradually getting my butt off the seat while we hit a couple of laps. I was now in the ZONE! I could feel that I was getting more comfortable hanging off and getting faster. The highlight was when I was exiting a turn, one of the Novice coach passed me, looked back at me, and gave me THUMBS UP! How awesome is that!!!! After the last lap, I could see Super Girl waiting for me on hot pit lane. I pulled up next to her, and the first thing she did was to give me a HIGH FIVE! I had a big smile on my face! What a moment…
Coach TEA making sure I'm right behind her (LAST SESSION)! ^_^
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I went back to finally change my clothes to talk to GUNSHOW Nick. However, I ran into Terra, and some CR peeps taking a photo op. I was a little shy since I didn’t know anyone, but she pulled me into the photo. That’s track family love their!
I thought that was pretty awesome of her for making me feel welcome. I finally got a chance to meet GUNSHOW Nick, and I thank him for giving me a chance to win a free track day. While walking to the bathroom, I noticed I had my T Shirt on backwards. Aww man, I took a photo like that too.
After go karting, I was getting my bike back to street mode, since I had to ride back home. A guy approaches me who didn’t do track that day (who just rode in the end of the day). I did introduce my self and continue working on my bike. However, he kept on asking me about tires, surfing the internet to compare prices either to buy the tires from STT on site or order it online. I did notice he kept eye balling my bike and the parts that I installed while I walk away to get my mirrors from friend’s truck. I was in the middle of putting back my mirrors when I noticed he kept touching parts on my bike. I later got annoyed and told him I’m really busy trying to put back my bike into street mode, and not comfortable that you keep touching my bike (I don’t know you like that), and keep asking so many questions. He finally got the message.
While riding back home, I just remember I never got a chance to try Shelly’s brownies…
Overall Track is where it’s at! FUN, FUN, FUN, surround with awesome people, just like you! You will become more confident, and build skills that will keep you alive on the street while becoming a safer rider.
THANK YOU STT, Nick, the Track Family for a wonderful time!
We will meet again on 24SEP11 @ACC w/STT, which will probably be my last track for the year. I hope to meet more positive riders’ even street rides that will forever shape my life for the passion and love of the sport! See you @ the track and keep me posted if you guys hit the street.
ACC North Course Turn 9
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