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POST: Putnam 6/14-6/15

Kim and I did our Putnam marathon on Saturday. Packed up at midnight, hit the road at 1:45am, and got to the track at 6:30am Indiana time.
For me, it was the fastest I've ever ridden and most learning and adjusting that I've ever done at a trackday. I put my head down right from the start in the morning and rode my fastest and cleanest laps.
After lunch I decided to try and ride with some other people and see if I could learn some things from them. I rode the 4th and 5th sessions but skipped the 6th because I was so hot and tired.
I went out for the 7th session with the intent to string a few hot laps together and then call it a day. I had been really happy with my drive from turn 2 through turn 6 all day but I wanted to see if there was more to be found. On the 3rd lap I was hard on the gas out of turn 4 and set up for turn 5. I turned in quick and put my knee on the candy cane. This time I turned in a little harder and my knee drifted off into the grass only to let the front tire touch the candy cane at full lean and on the gas. The front tucked so fast that the frame slider landed on my inside thigh and pinned me underneath as we slid across the track. Once we hit the grass, the bike stopped and I went on another 25 feet. I got up pissed knowing that I caused the only red flag in Advanced but I guess that's the price for learning a lesson at speed. My suit took the brunt of the damage and the bike only needs a firing stay and left clip on. I should have everything ready for BHF in July.

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Glad it turned out ok for ya. I love putnam.




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Good to hear it was a mild dismount. Putnam is a fun track, wish I could have made it. I did see Drama on driving home on 465 in Indy heading home Sunday when I was running down to Bloomington for some stuff.

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I don't know about the mild part at that speed...

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Good to hear it was a mild dismount. Putnam is a fun track, wish I could have made it. I did see Drama on driving home on 465 in Indy heading home Sunday when I was running down to Bloomington for some stuff.
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Thanks, that was a Dean special.

I had a blast at putnam. A favorite track of mine and always a good time. $1 grab bag beers at Toppers ruled too.

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Thanks for all the well wishes. Surprisingly, after 2 years without crashing, I feel pretty good about it. My gear did an excellent job and the bike only had minor damage. I feel like I learned a ton about track riding and about feeling and controlling my bike. I had a great time and can't wait to get back out there.

Big thanks to Hunny for taking pics!

Taking a break to see who is coming by so I can try and chase them down...


Good times through turn 10...

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Glad it all came out ok for ya Nolan...... I just want to know if Kim harrassed you all the way home?

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Glad it all came out ok for ya Nolan...... I just want to know if Kim harrassed you all the way home?
Nope, I drove his tired sore self almost the whole way home (took over when he started to fall asleep at the wheel). Crashing is an unfortunate part of the game - we've been doing this long enough that I realize that. I'm just glad he wasn't badly hurt and that he knows exactly what happened to cause the crash.

BTW, thanks Drama for stopping by to let me know that Nolan was up and walking around after his getoff.

On a brighter note, I had a great day of riding (minus the last session, which I sat out)! Thanks Wink for the tow around and for helping me work through some of my turn 1 and 2 issues!
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Nolan, Everyone crashes, it whether its your turn or not.

Glad your OK.
Correction -

Many times only the guys who are out there pushing, stretching, trying to get better, and hanging it out - crash.

Many times the non-crashers are the ones who aren't willing to take the risks required to leave their comfort zone.

Good job out there Nolan, hold your head up buddy. No shame in throwing a bike on the ground every now and then, it is part of this game.

As you saw, the basics do not change they just get a lot harder to do as you add more and more pace. Better accuracy will come as you get more and more comfortable at a faster pace. You were rolling good out there for sure.

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I rolled down there last minute saturday night with C.B.

God i hate that drive, but the track is so much fun, the lure is difficult to resist.

It was very difficult for me to maintain focus on the track sunday.
Whenever i started to push i would run the next corner entry wide, which, after my crash at BHF, scared the shit outta me. My confidence in my abilities and the bike holding traction is shot.

I got very good at corner exits this season, and never got any better at entry.

I figured id stay in my comfort zone and enjoy the day.

I was getting pretty comfortable by the 2nd afternoon session, and then, i saw my windscreen rattling around...

My faring stay broke. Again.

Oh well... Maybe we can get a group buy going

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Whew! That’s all I have to say

I was signed up for the intro sessions at Putnam. Packed up and headed out on Friday night and thought we were camping out at Putnam to set up in the morning. Hmm nope, I did some homework before leaving and realized their website said no camping. A big thank you goes out to Brian (Wink) for advising us where to camp and I wouldn't have been able to do this if Brian (Wink) didn't let me borrow Tina's leathers

I had been to a NESBA track day before so I kinda knew what to expect being a beginner. The beginner class session was informative yet entertaining. Fred and Marshall are good speakers and get their points across. Really, really good information here, it pays to go to their meetings.

I did the 2 into sessions and decided I wanted to ride for the entire day (and Sunday)! While on the track you need to be aware of so many things all at once. I found this hard to do! You need to be aware of all the bikes around you, what lines to take, the apex, flag stations, color of the flags, shifting, steering, braking, throttle, etc., just to name a few! Looking far ahead is also very important! That way you can see where you need to set yourself up to hit the right line and apex. I was intimidated by this, at first. I had to keep telling myself that everyone on the track has gone through the same thing that I was going through. It’s a learned skill and you will get better as the day goes on.

When I did have a CR run with me they did critique my riding and told me where I needed to improve. I found this very helpful, I listened and I think I was better the 2nd day.

Overall it was an awesome experience and it lived up to expectations. Everyone with NESBA was nice and friendly. The CR instructors were patient and eager to teach. I want to thank the CR instructors that helped me on the track: Steve, Chris, Marshall and Nicole they helped to make this a great learning experience.

In retrospect, I had an awesome 2 days. The track is a pulling force and I want to go back!!!

Good times, good people….everyone that stopped by our tent over the weekend thank you for all your support

Thank you Cheyenne for being my pit bitch and way to go Cheyenne getting bumped to “I”

Thanks Hunny for taking pictures!

Psst......Drama I'll keep the secrets that were told around our citronella camp fire


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Damn Nolan, sorry to hear you set it down. Putnam sounds like a blast, it was on my maybe list but the long drive discouraged me.
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Whew! That’s all I have to say

I was signed up for the intro sessions at Putnam. Packed up and headed out on Friday night and thought we were camping out at Putnam to set up in the morning. Hmm nope, I did some homework before leaving and realized their website said no camping. A big thank you goes out to Brian (Wink) for advising us where to camp and I wouldn't have been able to do this if Brian (Wink) didn't let me borrow Tina's leathers

I had been to a NESBA track day before so I kinda knew what to expect being a beginner. The beginner class session was informative yet entertaining. Fred and Marshall are good speakers and get their points across. Really, really good information here, it pays to go to their meetings.

I did the 2 into sessions and decided I wanted to ride for the entire day (and Sunday)! While on the track you need to be aware of so many things all at once. I found this hard to do! You need to be aware of all the bikes around you, what lines to take, the apex, flag stations, color of the flags, shifting, steering, braking, throttle, etc., just to name a few! Looking far ahead is also very important! That way you can see where you need to set yourself up to hit the right line and apex. I was intimidated by this, at first. I had to keep telling myself that everyone on the track has gone through the same thing that I was going through. It’s a learned skill and you will get better as the day goes on.

When I did have a CR run with me they did critique my riding and told me where I needed to improve. I found this very helpful, I listened and I think I was better the 2nd day.

Overall it was an awesome experience and it lived up to expectations. Everyone with NESBA was nice and friendly. The CR instructors were patient and eager to teach. I want to thank the CR instructors that helped me on the track: Steve, Chris, Marshall and Nicole they helped to make this a great learning experience.

In retrospect, I had an awesome 2 days. The track is a pulling force and I want to go back!!!

Good times, good people….everyone that stopped by our tent over the weekend thank you for all your support

So glad to read this post girl!! Glad things turned out to be positive after all!! Way to hang in there!
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So glad to read this post girl!! Glad things turned out to be positive after all!! Way to hang in there!
Kim, yes thank you for taking time to stop by before leaving the track on Saturday. I needed a woman's perspective on everything that I was going through and it was very insightful to hear your about your first time experience and relate it to what I was feeling.
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On a brighter note, I had a great day of riding (minus the last session, which I sat out)! Thanks Wink for the tow around and for helping me work through some of my turn 1 and 2 issues!
It was great to work with you Kim, as always. I loved seeing you pick up your comfort and your pace as things went along. Grab me anytime you want a tow, I'd love to see more women out there in the front of "I" and at the "A" pace. Nothing would make me happier. You've come a long way since your bump to "I", your crash, and gaining back and pacing your old "I" pace.

Looking great out there and your lines and position are ready to pick the pace up a little more. The key is to increase the pace as slowly as you feel comfortable with.

Sorry to hear about your get off Nolan. You have been riding GREAT! As Ron said, I am sure that you could run a relaxed "A" pace for the next 20 years at your current skill level, and never crash. However, if you wanna shave another second or two at your pace, you are going to continue to push yourself and your tires.

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Correction -

Many times only the guys who are out there pushing, stretching, trying to get better, and hanging it out - crash.

Many times the non-crashers are the ones who aren't willing to take the risks required to leave their comfort zone.

Good job out there Nolan, hold your head up buddy. No shame in throwing a bike on the ground every now and then, it is part of this game.

As you saw, the basics do not change they just get a lot harder to do as you add more and more pace. Better accuracy will come as you get more and more comfortable at a faster pace. You were rolling good out there for sure.
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Many times only the guys who are out there pushing, stretching, trying to get better, and hanging it out - crash.

Many times the non-crashers are the ones who aren't willing to take the risks required to leave their comfort zone.
IMO, there are many shades of gray in between these black and white extremes. I'm personally a fan of slow, steady progress. I believe many small improvements can be made in relative safety, if the rider is patient enough. These baby steps will ultimately add up to a big overall improvement in one's riding skills, albeit at a slower growth rate than hair-on-fire crowd.

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