I had a blast! Getting to spend two days just riding and having fun - not coaching or stressing out at a race weekend made for a really enjoyable two days.
On Saturday, I finally got my times back to where they were at the end of '09, and on Sunday I dropped a couple more - which made for a total of 5-6 off the last CCS weekend in May. Super stoked about that. Coming back this season from a year off has been really frustrating at times, and I expected that it would take a while, but I was really having doubts about it ever coming back.
First I wanted to thank Fred for putting on a really great weekend.
I can't thank Steve P enough for working with me on my traffic management. Patience may be a virtue, but being *too* polite doesn't work on the racetrack.
Thanks to Nolan and Kim for the company, the ice, and the advice! I'm so glad we all finally got the chance to spend more time getting to know each other and hanging out. And Kim, you're an ironwoman for the marathon of long drives, no sleep, and lots of work!
And finally thanks to Tea for the bits of information, the backup when I had technical issues, loaning me your boyfriend, the push, and to have something to chase.
I didn't really consciously try anything that we talked about from your school experience, (besides passing) or that X told me to do... my whole weekend was about telling my right hand to go faster, and to brake later, and passing. Also, if I were single, I would marry my tires... and maybe my new brake lever. X said it's all in my head, but the feel of the new MC and lever over the mushy slop of the stock one means my blip/downshift/brake goes right 80% of the time now instead of only 10%.
Woot! I'm a teenager! Ok, it was only for one lap, but still... :P