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just wondering is anyone interested to going there this year? I'm thinking that I will go, I just need to make up my mind on when...

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I want to go, just need to justify it to the wife. I know from what everyone has said, it is worth the money.

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Justify? It's easy. I went in February or March. Did the Team Challenge with GixxerDan and RacingXTC for the heck of it. In May, we took third. I decided to do sprint race since I was there. Might as well right? Finished 4th and was bitten by the racing bug again. Ended up doing about 5 rounds out of the whole season I think. Stuck to just my 2 select classes each time to keep the costs down. I ended up with my first season with ZERO crashes. That includes all races and track days this year. I dropped my lap times quite a bit on the little SV. I'm soooo much more confident on the bike. Bikes I didn't like to ride before? I ride them all with no problems. They helped me adapt my style, build on my strong points and fix my problems (well some, they're not miracle works haha).
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I'm interested in going, let me know when you have a timeframe in mind.
If I would go by myself, I would do the School in the WSBK week and make it a whole weeks worth of Vacation.
However if someone would come along, I would be open for any dates... I emailed them last week about the difference of 2 or 3 days and they contacted me back and told me they will call on Monday regarding which one would be best for me...


Greg,
I'm past the need of justification..

I went and calculated every penny I spend on track days and racing last year and also put a amount up for the repairs I had to do, for being stupid.
Well if I spare myself from crashing this year, I have half of the school covered...
by the way this is an expensive hobby...

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by the way this is an expensive hobby...
aint that the fuckin truth!

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aint that the fuckin truth!
I was doing my taxes this week and couldn't belive how much money I make after taxes and mortgage is gone...
I was like, wait a minute where did all the money go this year, normaly I have quite some cash left over.

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As we discussed the other night, August or Sept. would be best for me. I'll take a look at the available dates this weekend and get back to you early next week.
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As we discussed the other night, August or Sept. would be best for me. I'll take a look at the available dates this weekend and get back to you early next week.
sounds good chuck!

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If we can get a bunch of people to ride share, etc. it would go a long way for telling my wife I"m going to drop 3grand when I'm also telling her to save for our new house

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I might go again this year...
Oh don't even tease me. I'm struggling to get back on my feet this year. But I SOOOOOO want to go. Going once just left me wanting to go back for more. Applying just a little of what I learned during last season, mixing in some opportunity and spicing it up with some competition leaves me wanting to go back and build on what I've learned.

I want to take my racing to the next level this year. I want to feel justified in all the money I've thrown at this sport. I want to make all of those individuals who have spent their time to help me improve proud.

I want to know that for once I didn't do something half way and I gave it my all! CCS 2011....... Filled out my license app today. Sending in the money and number request tomorrow. Hope to start paying for grid placements next month.

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You could also win a 2 day class....

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also Greg K and me talked to Dwight from the school at the IMS and he said that there are a few deals for people that want to sign up...

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so fuckin pick a date. If I can go, I'm down, I'm up a favor with the wifee. I'm half a continent away too, take note pussy eaters....

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I really wish I could afford to drop $1100 bucks a day on this, but that aint gonna happen. Its basically a whole season of trackdays for me once the plane tickets, cost of the school, lodging and incidentals are added up.

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also Greg K and me talked to Dwight from the school at the IMS and he said that there are a few deals for people that want to sign up...
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so fuckin pick a date. If I can go, I'm down, I'm up a favor with the wifee. I'm half a continent away too, take note pussy eaters....
Date picked, will call the school tomorrow...

I'm down for the WSBK weekend and the class the following week. Class is 1-3 of June

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I really wish I could afford to drop $1100 bucks a day on this, but that aint gonna happen. Its basically a whole season of trackdays for me once the plane tickets, cost of the school, lodging and incidentals are added up.
not only you... I will not do as many TDs as I did last year... but getting rid of my pay reduction from the "bad economy times" and a small increase in pay should cover this one...

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WIN YCRS

also Greg K and me talked to Dwight from the school at the IMS and he said that there are a few deals for people that want to sign up...
rep sent. Hopefully I'll win as this is really the only way I would be able to do it. While I bet it would be more beneficial from a technical standpoint, I think I would get more smiles and have more fun from doing 10 track days and pocketing the excess cash.
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possible, just got to do the first one first than I have to see what my bank account says...

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