A First Hare Scramble Blow by Blow

Discussion in 'Racing' started by gun 4 hire, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    Nice thing about riding and camping... U can spend all nite tweaking stuff if you have a light and tools and nobody to talk to. I had a blast readjusting all the controls and changing the bar setup to be better for riding while standing which I am getting much better at.

    Also just put on fastway pegs with a 3/4" drop.

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  2. DolphinJohn

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    Good luck, Steve. I hope you come in 2nd place this weekend!! :evil


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  3. ktmdreamer

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  4. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    Here's the results:

    I trained harder all Summer and made more sacrifices than ever before in my life in order to start this season as strong as possible. Not huge changes... But little ones like going to the gym even when I was traveling a few times, cutting down on certain beverages like wine, drinking more agua, eating smaller meals and having a banana every day. Then I added Spin class a month ago. Spinning is not something u do for enjoyment. You do it because it gets you pushed. The bike had a new topend, and I tweaked every setting I could. New chain and sprockets, tires about 50%.

    I was really chomping at the bit to find out what the payoff was gonna be after all the changes.

    Got to the race super early to get all sorted out. I was rusty at racing. Since I got there Friday nite and didnt race til Sunday am, I got to relax and do alot of tweaking and talking to the veterans ... Little tips here and there. I felt super confident.. But still a bit nervous.
    Best advice I got I read online on a thread about Scrambles. Start hard, then back off and remember its a long race... Make your moves when u need to. It's not a 2 hr sprint....

    I did a little of the practice lap at 8:30 am.... enough to tell me that the adjustment I made to my bars was too extreme... Causing wrist pain I never had b4.
    So I rolled them back a bit, then some more. Presto. Comfort standing and sitting.

    Here goes: Race day 11/10/13

    We had 25 bikes lined up in Super Senior. That's alot. I def didn't want to get a bad start.

    Bike started first kick and I was mid-pack or better into first turn..... Followed some fellas going wide and to my horror i saw we all f'd up as I tried to get back to the track but couldnt and got tangled in the Red plastic tape they had up to guide us thru the first few twists and turns around some pipes. The tape got caught under my visor my as I tried to go under it and back into the pack. As the red tape stretched and pulled my head back... I was looking straight at the sky for what seemed like a while, in that instant I remember seeing double greens that we missed meaning I HAD to circle back now and go thru anyway .... The tape held, I fell off the bike in a really shitty spot ...tons of spectators saw me f'up royally. I got the bike up and back thru the greens within seconds.... Dead last. 25th place. I was embarrassed and pissed for about a half second...then a new feeling came over me.... And released something I didn't know I had.... Rage, the Kraken, aggressive race attitude.... No time for dwelling.... I took off after the pack like a donkey that had been kicked .... REALLY HARD. I passed about 5 guys in the first 1/2 mile.... Then some more.... I was just able to crank and I felt great charging hard.....but safe. I caught up to my buddy 10c in the first Mile .... I got to hollering and yellin as I passed him, as we always do.... Then in the fun I lost it over the top of a weird sandy hill and went down... He passed me right back hootin and hollering..... He didnt know what had happened to me in the start and how it lit me up something fierce.

    I went into this first race just wanting to finish mid pack or better and 3 laps without a bad crash.

    Because of the crash on the first turn....I had no limits.... I wanted to Race Hard dammit !

    I passed back by John after he missed a double green in the woods.... Then I dumped again and he passed me AGAIN. My fitness helped and the crashes did little to stop my flow. I caught back up fast once again, this time I passed him on a tiny section of open field with a ton of hard edge bumps and slippery grass. I was standing, throttle nailed, the right gear, wheelied over all the potholes then up a sandy hill into tight woods...Power on... I went on the the next guy. I never saw my buddy again. was riding hard and doing things that surprised even me. Performance was holding longer than ever.... But will it end... Will I bonk ? When ? I checked in with myself... My left hand was going numb already but everything else was more solid than ever. No time to shake out my hand... Or drink from the camelback really... It was just too tight and rough ...later I found tiny spots to drink and shake my hand out.... But really tiny spots.

    There were Lots of new challenges on this course... For me. Lots and lots of off camber in the sandy woods as well as on hard grassy knolls that wound back and fourth across this hill at midpoint. Then there were these ridiculous bowls that had almost a straight vertical entry.... And definitely a vertical exit.... I took the easy way first two laps.... But I got passed by a guy or two in my class each time I took one of the 4 or 5 easy/hard splits. I made a Mental note... Go for it in lap 3 and start taking the hard stuff.

    By end of first lap I had passed 15 guys and was in 10th.
    Second lap 8th

    I was still hungry, still going pretty strong... I rested when I could, charged when I found a guy in my class....I kept reeling in guys one by one.. Passing alot of guys in the other classes .... getting passed back when I had a hiccup.... At the third lap most of the guys who passed me were "A" riders lapping us. To me this was a good sign. The fast riders helped me charge a little harder each time too...
    After a pretty smooth lap 3 that had me banging thru some fast flat corners with a few guys in my class I realized I was still good, and could still race hard without losing control.... Last 1/2 mile I found another class mate. I wasn't sure how much track was left but I was determined not to rush/fall and lose him.... I didn't know if anyone was behind me close either ... And there were... Two of my line.... Seconds behind me... It's good I didn't know it.... We were on the real slippery stuff... Hard pack, long grass matted down, bumps hiding everywhere.... I gave it a go and squeezed as much out of my tires as possible.... Near the point of slipping.... Go too far with this stuff under you and you spin out fast and hard.... With a few hundred yards to go I got him... Even rubbed a bit on the last two of the corners.... I finished 5th !

    At the end the fella i passed rode up close to me after the chicane....
    I turned to apologize for being so aggressive... He said "oh no, that was a blast man !"

    Right on. That's Racing.

    First race of new season. First Trophy in the sport. Feeling good about those workouts.

    Now I have to keep it up.

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    Back to work.
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  5. ktmdreamer

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    Awesome congrats on the first of many....:clap
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  6. steveWFL

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  7. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    Well done!!! :thumb
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  8. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Rubbin's racing..great job Steve !!
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  9. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    Great Job, Inspiring :clap
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  10. bh321

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    awesome job and good write up.
    the red mist is a powerful drug!
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  11. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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  12. Gamequeazy

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    Great thread! I've got my first ever race in the morning, a muddy 3hr event. Reading your report just gets me more and more excited!
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  13. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    Hope you have a great time at your first race ... Come back and share the details please .... 3 hrs in the mud ? Wow that's long and grueling.
    Is this a Tough Mudder thing ?


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  14. Gamequeazy

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    It was the 2014 turkey trot, a team event but my teammate had to drop out at the last minute.

    So I was planning to ironman the 3 ht event. On a te610. And it had rained all night, everything was heavy and slippery clay-mud. It was probably not the best first race to choose, haha.


    There was no riders meeting or anything, so I'm just wandering around waiting for my class to go. People start lining up, so off I go too. Turns out, they ate lining everybody up at once, all 40 "teams", and it would be a motocross start. Never done anything like that before, scared the crap outta me haha.

    The gate dropped, and my goggles and covered, with a mouthful of mud on top of that. I'll keep my mouth closed next time.

    The course started off on a motoX track and transitioned into a hilly field and then into very tight woods riding. I dumped the bike repeatedly in the first lap, wearing myself completely out. I'm not a very skilled or comfortable mud rider, on a tall heavy bike, so it was not a surprise.

    I was so worn out by the time I hit the woods that I dumped it on a steep downhill (that normally isn't a problem) and got my foot jammed under the bike as it went down. Pop! there goes my ankle (a sprain, luckily) and now the bike is dumping gas on me, the hot engine and exhaust, and the ground. A petcock my IMS tank had popped out.

    Eventually I jam the petcock back in somewhat, and with a little help get the heavy husky out of the woods and back to the pits.I gave up.Couldn't even do a single lap. In the dry, things would have been much different, but still a real challenge. next time I'm bringing my DT175 instead hah.

    also, I rode through those tornado-producing Illinois storms on my way home. That was "fun" in its own way hah.
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  15. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    BE VERY CAREFUL when camping at Croom.

    I've heard too many stories of people that woke up to find their bikes or quads were gone.
    Lock that sucker to a tree!!
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  16. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    Game queasy .... Wow ironmaning a 3 hr race in those conditions.... not sure if i could do that. Sorry about the Dnf. Sounds like you learned a heck of a lot. There's so much that has to go right for even a marginally successful race. It ain't easy ! Hope u are planning to do it again.

    Keep racin


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  17. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    Ftl900: wow I never heard of this. Are u originally from Florida ? We have camped there a dozen times. We park the bikes right next to our tents and wake at the slightest movement
    ( usually raccoons) I pity the fool that tried to walk away with a bike. That being said we do lock the bikes when we camp at any race property because of the same issue. Just never heard of it at Croom.


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  18. Gamequeazy

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    Yup, I sure do plan to hit some next season, probably on the dt175 heh. There's one this Sunday, but with a high temp of 29 degrees I might stay in the garage and avoid the 4hr round trip and frozen ass haha.
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  19. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    Season Update: I've done 2 more races after that first one of the season where I scored a 5th place and my first "wood".

    Next race was Myakka city, known for its many water crossings and a challenging enduro cross section that I elected to skip.

    I learned how to do the water crossings without getting soaked and blinded but not until the first lap was over and I did the first 3 crossings with too much speed getting soaked in the process and losing a ton of time. You just can't race in the dark woods with smeared up goggles, and going slow meant the goggles took forever to clear up. I ended up in 8th at this one, not very happy with that, but lesson learned about going much slower thru the water sections. This was also the second race that I ended up in dead last right at the start... I was running hard in 5th or so thru the first 1/2 mile, then lost it and stalled in a deep muddy pit when I got blinded to the trail ahead by following guys too closely. I crashed and the bike ended up leaning downhill and stalled, which never ends well. The whole field of 20+ passed while I was restarting. So once again I had to work my way thru the whole field of riders. I was able to come back to score an 8th place. No trophy on this one.

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  20. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    Next race was in Brooksville Florida. Aka "Mondon Hill" is always a favorite course and as the name implies there are a ton of technical challenges involving "hills". In Florida that means a small but steep elevation change of 10-25' or so.

    This year there was rain prior to race day so it made alot of the course slick (exposed roots and rocks were everywhere) but it also made alot of the open fields and dirt areas have very good traction. There was Zero dust.

    Physically I was in good shape for this race as I have kept up on working out for strength plus biking and spinning class for endurance.

    My wrists were a bit strained though since I had a couple hard get offs while practice riding for 5 or so hrs on the 2 days prior to this race. I hadn't ridden in 5 weeks and really needed some seat time.

    Race day: my wrists bothered me in practice so I only did 3 of the 9.5 mile course. Then the race started I got off into the first turn at around 8th place. Stayed there and was able to work up to 5th or so until a crash near the end of the first lap. I tried to slip past 2 riders crashed out on a rocky hill called the "claw". I didn't take enough time to pick a line and ended up picking a line that have me a nice sized boulder that threw the front sideways. Once again the bike crashed upside down and stalled. I lost a minute at least getting back down hill and restarting the bike.

    I did the rest of the race without a crash, but was slowed way down with a numb Left hand which plagued me for a good lap plus. Sometime into lap 3 it went away and I was able to rip again. I felt great and made up alot of time. This course has quite a few jumps and step ups in the MX section... And I got some nice air here and there ( nice for me anyway).

    I ended this one with alot of energy to spare and
    Snagged my best finish to date.... 4th place.

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