A First Hare Scramble Blow by Blow

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  1. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    Next race for me was the"Snake River 4" in Okeechobee. It was 28 degrees when I awoke at 6:30 am ....yikes ! (And Yes, this IS Florida).

    By race time at 10:30 it was in the 60's so perfect weather for racing. Got a decent start and held on for 3 laps to score another 4th place.

    I had the most fun to date in this one as far as racing battles with guys in my class. About three times I got to 3rd position only to lose it a short time later and get passed back by 2-3 guys in my class. My rear brake which sounded and smelled funny the whole race finally gave up working on the last 3 miles of the course. I. Had another rider behind me about an 1/8 of a mile... I could see him cause we were in the open fast field section leading up to the scoring chicane.

    I concentrated hard on going fast in the straights and slowing only with the front brake which was challenging as these were fast flat corners and there was a lot of loose grass on top which can get really slippery. I made it to the checkered just 6 seconds in front of 5th place and got my third trophy in three races straight. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]








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  2. Tbone

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    Sounds like things are starting to "click"..congrats Steve!

    Now all you need to worry about is John..:D
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  3. Gregulator

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    Nice! This thread has me pumped to finally start racing this year.
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  4. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    The next race was called the "Buffalo Stampede" in Myakka city Florida. A mere 7 hr trip for us .... That's a 14 hr r/t. We left early Sat 6 am and were back Sun by 9pm.

    I was Really Really looking forward to this race.
    I made it a point to eat, sleep and do all of my workouts properly while maintaining an ever changing schedule. I even got some solo practice riding in the prior weekend at my favorite spot -Croom (8hrs away). I was up there for a wedding so I dragged the bike along.

    I had just changed the rear spring and brought all comp and reb settings back to a stock baseline then tweaked from there. I needed seat time before racing with all those changes. I got just enought time to dial it in. The bike never felt better. I don't think I ever rode faster or stronger in the woods than after this practice. Besides a nagging pain in my left wrist from a crash in the sand 4 weeks ago... I was injury free.

    To me this race was all about proving that I can run in the top of the class and can keep improving. I had scored 5th, 4th,4th in the last 3 races. I really wanted podium this time.

    It was also about keeping my classmate and "teammate" John B 10c behind me. We have been battling all season. I have beaten him in every race so far this season and he was out to catch me. No question about it. He just got 3rd in a race that I missed and has actually run strong all season but has always had a major stall or other issue take him out of the race. He is not slower than me.... He has just been unfortunate.

    Our story is the typical one told of two racers who will constantly help each other in the shop to improve and strengthen the bikes... Share tips on fitness and technique.... Even share the same workspace and carpool so we can bench race the whole way up and back. We genuinely want to help each other, we genuinely want to see the other improve and win.

    But when we race it's real. And this race was as real as it ever got.

    Raceday Sunday 2/09/14

    Nice cool day. Rain overnight so no dust but a little mud. I do the full practice lap, trying to prep in anyway I can. I do a strong practice lap... Then after 4 miles of it.. My hand started going numb....i finish the 10 miles...and I take ibu after. John skips the lap to save energy.

    John is now dialed in on his 300xcw so we are very evenly matched as far as hardware for the first time.

    All I can think about is getting a great start and keeping out front. I practice kicking it to life with the bike in second gear so I can shoot off without a wheelie. I feel confident I can get out of the hole one kick this time. ( Prev owner removed the estart)

    Racetime: Horn goes off and I run steadily to the bike, One big ass kick and dump the clutch. I get out of the field in 6th out of 14.

    I can see John is running in 3rd just up ahead.

    Within 1/4 mile I pass the two racers separating us in one move. I trail Johnny keeping him in sight at about a 3 bike distance. Just enough to keep a watch so I can see his moves, not so close that I'll crash if he does.

    Somewhere before we are a mile or two in I get tired of waiting and blast past with a fury and get gone. I am running very strong. I even pass the leader Joel at some point after he went down on a sandy right hander. I didn't realize I was running in the lead at that point until the first lap was over and I saw that I came in second ....I knew He had passed me back within a mile or two after his fall, but I was sure there was another in my class up in front.... But there wasn't.

    Seeing "90c -2nd place" on the scoring board after lap one really fired me up. I continued to charge as hard as I could. I concentrated on running my race my way and not getting distracted. I did battle with # 278... I could hear him shadowing me forever ... He has a 450 and it's sound is unmistakable. I never turned to look but I knew it was him. Finally he overtook me somewhere in lap 2. I still felt great. He has been leading our class all season. He pulled away and I tried like heck to keep up.

    What I didn't know... Was that at the end of lap one John was 1 second behind me. I never heard his bike... I had no idea.

    My left hand was completely numb. I could feel the clutch lever with the pinky only. It was as if. The rest of my fingers were not there. For the first time, I told my numb hand to go f - itself and I kept going fast.

    I was almost 1/2 thru.... Damn this hand.

    Then in an open field I hear yelling behind me. It's Johnny pulling up next to me out of nowhere. He yells and screams .... He's excited that he caught me as that we are now going to battle... -And We do. For the rest of the race we are passing back and forth and giving it all we got. I'm faster in the straights, only because I'm a little more nutz and have a but more trust in the bike since I have more seat time on my 300.

    We are 1 second apart at the end of lap two & running 3rd and 4th. Scoreboard says I am 50 seconds behind #278. Thats far....I forget about catching him. My Hand is still dead.

    John and I go into lap 3 locked in battle.

    He passes me at some point...then I pass him back in some open flat curvy bumpy ass fields ... I take off into the woods. He catches me up a while later as I make a tiny mistake and come to a brief stop with my front tire against a small tree after making a last minute line change.

    I had no idea he was still right behind me. I was
    riding better than ever. I was impressed that he was still right on me after all this time. It caused me to doubt myself a little..... I was riding as hard as I could I thought... And there he was pulling away in the woods now after I made a tiny mistake. I lost sight of him..... It was tight so he could have been right there... The first opening I came to confirmed that he was indeed out of sight... Didn't even see any dust settling.

    It was last lap... But still we had lime 6 miles to go I figured... Anything can happen. I started catching up to an orange and white bike... Swore it was him.... Followed and squeezed all I could... It wasn't him.... I passed him fast as I could though.. Didn't want to hang up... 5 minutes later I see three more guys up front ... Johnny was in the pack.... I slowly slowly reeled him in. I get up on him... He had stopped looking back.. He Thought I was gone he told me.

    I took him in a narrow straight big enough to safely pass. I was yelling back at him as I slowly passed by going just a bit more on the edge.

    I couldn't believe I found him.... Passed him... And now there was only a couple miles left and it was going to be tough for him to pass as it was some challenging slippery tight stuff between us and the finish.

    As we got into another heavy woods section he tried to squirt in between two small trees to take a straighter line and pass me. He was so close I could hear him yelling to me that he was "coming to pass your ass !!!"

    I thought he said "not in your class-" - which is what fast guys do so you pull over and let them by.... I was confused as to what I heard so I turned and saw it was in fact him.... I saw him hitting the ground by a small tree... Just a small crash.

    I looked forward and kept my wits about me. My hand felt better. I had a lot of technical stuff ahead to do right.... Motocross, endurocrossish, slippery tight woods, a water crossing and a bridge. I went as fast as I could without slipping. I made it.

    John came in 12 seconds later and was shaking his head but had the biggest smile.

    Within seconds, both of us were already thinking about the next race ...Okeechobee next weekend. There can be no mistakes now.
    Everything has to go right from here on out.

    Holy crap that was fun.

    Note: Due to a DQ of our class leader who was caught on camera blowing a double green ... We were all moved up one spot to 2nd and 3rd place. My first podium finish in any sport ever in my life.

    To me... I can to relax and celebrate just a little...This is a milestone if there ever was one.

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    Now it's on to a win






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  5. bh321

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    awesome job!
    and great write up :clap
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  6. 1976mike

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    Great read man. Thank you.

    Keep up the good racing, it is addicting I hear. Saturday is going to be my first race of the season here in Alabama and nervous as hell. I have set similar goals. Finish the race and don't get hurt.
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  7. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    I'm glad u found this post. I put it here for guys like you that are thinking
    of doing this for the first time. My story is not unusual... So Your experience may be very similar if you get into it. Similar meaning goddamn fun !
    Totally worth it.
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  8. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    Next race was in Dade City Fl on March 23. This was to be the last race of the season and it was my goal to finish strong and get to the top of the podium.....



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    Short story:

    I got a decent start.
    The bike ran perfect
    My fitness was tops
    I ate and slept right
    I was 100% focused
    I took chances when I had too
    I trusted the bike more.
    I was a little more relaxed
    My hand never got too debilitating.
    The " Class leader" sign motivated the crap outta me.


    The Long Story if u care:

    I think I'm solidly in a new place. I found out in the first race of this season that I could ride way better than I thought .... But that happened by "accident" because I was motivated by falling in front of everyone near the start after following 5 guys off course and got tangled up in red ribbon that stuck on my helmet and threw me down. I was so embarrassed I got up and ran like a donkey kicked in the ass hard and went through 20 guys to nab 5th. If I had more time I MAY have almost won that race.

    I was not able to muster that same feeling or performance again until this last race.

    Thru the season i think it was mostly due to the numb left hand slowing me down. Mentally it drained me. It scared me to go fast while feeling only a pinky on my left hand.

    I ran pretty strong this season, but that first race was my best performance until now.

    Here's why I think I did my best yet:

    I really pushed hard on the workouts last week... Especially the spin class. I had enough rest between workouts and race too.

    I ate right, had a HUGE amount of Pasta and chicken thanks to The crew I camped with. Also Lots of fruit and nuts and water and protein too right b4 race.

    The fun run ( a fundraising run the night before). being a full 9 miles really helped relax me alot come race time. Theres No pressure in fun run so I had a blast out there with the intimidating looking jumps and crazy mud traps... Racing my classmate John thru all of it almost at race speed was a riot. I made only one mistake in not judging the slippery field correctly. Lesson learned.

    Morning of the race I was unusually nervous. I really really wanted to get a good start. I switched to neutral instead of 2nd gear this time. Bike started first kick. I fumbled a little getting in gear... I got out of the field like 10th.

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    By the time we got into woods I was 3rd, then I battled hard, swapped paint and passed those guys for 1st place within the first mile. It seemed like everyone charged super hard for the first mile then started letting off already ? ..I remember thinking like "cummon guys lets race !" But they dropped behind quick.

    To me everything felt good, strong, I could go fast anywhere. I could throttle over seven whoops in a row and did much better nailing that wicked fun throttle out of the numerous beautiful long berms, leaning forward, front wheel holding perfect... Man that feels awesome!
    (Remember I'm a noob)

    New to me was that I was 100% focused on the race the whole time. Usually my mind drifts and I'll screw up a bit. I caught myself this time and scolded my thoughts and said to myself... " you are running first man !!! Do not Let Up ! This is it ! DO IT !!!

    First lap I came thru and saw
    "Ssr 90c .... class leader !!!!!'"

    Instead of making it harder knowing I had to hold the lead I think it motivated me more... I wanted to keep seeing that damn message every lap ... It's the coolest thing to see.

    The whole race I saw another ssr class mate only once for a brief moment.. A newer guy # 67 was behind me someplace going into lap 2... He was 16 seconds behind me according to the score sheet.... I didnt know his history so i assumed he was fast ....That one sighting was enough to keep me running like a rabbit being chased by a wolf. Somethjng happened to # 67 and he disappeared. Whew.

    I also thought John was going to get me anytime I slipped a bit in the woods. He is very capable of lurking and striking just like me. However, I only went down a few times and only for a few seconds.

    I think my whole race went pretty smooth and consistent. I did not slow down for anything. The bike could go thru and over course that really surprised me... Instead of wrecking me The speed helped stability when smashing into a slippery tree root buried in mud etc. The suspension really felt great going faster. The only thing I slowed down a lot for was to find which rut to go thru in the worst mud bogs and in the big ruts before some big jumps.

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    I raced by myself for most of it. Whenever I passed a senior or veteran It helped me distance from whoever was behind. When a better rider passed me I stayed with them, pushing even harder again for a few hundred yards.

    In lap 3 my friend Troy "a father and daughter go racing" who was working the race gave me a signal that I had a nice gap, So after chicane going into Lap 4, I slowed down a bit, thinking that I shouldn't push too hard and risk too much... I thought If I ran 3 laps in the lead I must be Waaaay ahead. So now I took time to fully shake my hand out so I was strong and ready to defend if I needed to really ride hard again.

    Thank god I didn't slow too much... Glenn Peroni, a new fast guy in SSR was 33 seconds behind at the end. He said he was watching me for a long time and was waiting for me to go out of control... He thought i was riding too fast for my skills...But he said that after a few bobbles I started riding real smooth and fast instead.... I never even saw him until the finish. I don't know where it was that he was so close that he could watch me.

    At the end of the race I still had plenty energy thanks to the fitness. I was in a different state for awhile, zoned out from the 100% focus I guess. Never felt that before.

    It's going to be hard to go back to work... I really want to do that again.

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    Update: now two more races have been added to the schedule in May.

    Gotta get back to work....



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  9. Tbone

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    You've come along way from that guy doing a fun run on the XR600 Steve! So happy for you bud as there is no better feeling...period.
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  10. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    Thanks TBone,,, your mentor ship is appreciated by myself and im sure many others.


    All who wander sure as heck ain't lost
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  11. ktmdreamer

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    Inspirational thanks, great writing skills, I couldn't even look up from my iPad :clap
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  12. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    And so this Hare Scramble Season, my third in FTR... Was to end on a good note at the Gatorback mx park race on May 25th in Alachua Fl.

    My goals for this race was to get enough advancement points to get promoted to the B class for the start of next season...and to complete my 8th race of the season which is the minimum # of events needed to qualify for season championship points.

    While It would be nice to score another first place, it wasn't the main goal.

    I had been told the Gatorback property was going to be like none other I had experienced in FTR. It had lots of elevation changes with steep up and downhills all around the backside... [​IMG]

    ...Plus it had a huge MX track and a section of "Supercross" too. It was kinda intimidating hearing this as I don't really have much Mx type experience. I saw a few pics of past races that showed what kind of HuGE air you can get on the MX portion .... The guys in the pics were pros of course and one can go any speed they want or just roll all the jumps so I decided what the heck. All my classmates had to run the same track so difficult or not we were all in the same boat.

    A week before the race I headed to a place called LCross in Okeechobee Fl to practice on their MX track. Some racing buddies were there that weekend and I got some great advice and support.

    The day of the race it was sweltering in the mid to upper 90's. For the past couple weeks I had been upping my endurance training on the spin bikes so I wasn't too worried.

    The race started at 10:40 am too.. So not the hottest part of the day.

    I'll have to say that standing on the line at this race waiting for our start I had a really nice unexpected experience. Alot of guys showed up in our class, we had one of the biggest lines and many came over to congratulate me on my recent 1st place finish, strong season and to wish me the best in this race etc....I'll just say that I was really moved by it.

    It was another amazing first for me. I never got that feeling of respect for performance in a sport in my life. It's moments like that that make every damn bit of hard work worth it.

    It makes every mile and hour of travel, every meal choice, every sacrifice to keep up the exersize schedule worth it. A whole 3 years of training and trying can be reckoned in an instant in moments like this.

    But I still had a race to do and anything could happen.... Suddenly I remembered my goal to get thru this race as finish strong !

    We took off and I got a one kick start.
    I was 6th going into the first turn and had passed the whole field by the time we finished the MX section and started to head into the narrow woods.

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    Up in the air In both of these shots ....

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    Catching air and the lead off one of the famous Gatorback MX hills

    I was stoked to be leading already and especially to pass guys in the MX section as that's not my strength.

    I knew the track layout a bit because I did the practice lap at 8:30am. I was a bit nervous after practice tho because even at the slower pace of practice my left hand started to go numb. It's my biggest weakness at this point.

    I soldiered on thru lap one and was able to keep ahead of the pack to lead the whole lap. I knew someone was close behind as I caught glimpses here and there... I had an 11 second lead at the Chicane according to the scoresheet I saw afterward.

    I kept the slim lead into the first woods section in lap two... My hand was definitely feeling numb and my focus drifted and WHAM I hit a hidden tree branch hard with my head and shoulder while trying to cut a tight right turn on the deeply sandy track. It knocked me down and it took a few moments to get the bike up and clear my head. Two guys passed me from my class.

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    The rest of lap two I spent trying to regain my speed and form. The heat was pretty tiring and the crash knocked my bite valve clear off making it really hard to drink water. I fell a couple more times and went off course twice after blowing turns. Lap two sucked big. I lost 1.5 minutes off my average pace. It was alot to make up.

    I passed thru the chicane in 3rd place going into lap 3. I figured hey, one more lap to go... Let me concentrate on staying in 3rd and reaching my advancement point goal.

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    (we are so lucky to have folks taking and posting pics like this one above of each race....I can see that in almost every pic my form is bad and elbows are not correct...I never feel like I'm in such bad form while racing, but the pics prove it!)

    I only needed 3 points to get my promotion into B class and 3rd place brings with it 6 points.

    I kept a good pace in lap # 3 and was just 14 seconds slower than my first lap.

    As I neared the end of the lap I was relieved to be done with this heat and was really happy I was still in third...still made my goal by far.

    However... As I ended lap three I saw the two guys in front of me get sent out for another lap.... I have to say that I was really disappointed I had to do it all again ! All those rocky uphills and slippery downhills, all those jumps !

    But as soon as I made it thru the chicane and into Lap 4, I realized I wasn't that far behind 2nd place / my buddy 10c. I was happy for him tho... I could tell he was running smooth and strong. I was rooting for him as much as
    I wanted to pass him too. He had a lot of tough luck with crashes and mechanicals this year.... He really deserved a good finish in this last race.

    Lap 4 my hand was still bothering me with its fits of numbness but I was able to keep a decent pace. I was slowly catching 10c and 2nd place at a pace of about 30 seconds per lap in lap 3&4.

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    In the end I couldn't catch him for the pass and ended in the 3rd place but it was plenty enough to score my way out of C class and into B.

    I also learned that I was able to get enough points to finish 6th overall for the season which gets me another nice plaque for the trophy wall at the banquet in August.


    Now it's time to figure a way to up my fitness and riding skills to run in the B class come Sept. Back to the drawing board. Don't think I'll be seeing any more trophies for awhile !

    .... To be continued
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  13. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    It's Now midway thru my first season as a B rider. I just did my 3rd race of the season out of the 9 that have been run. I've missed a lot due to work conflicts on race days in the '14/'15 FTR season.

    SO far I have learned that the the mid to top of the B class is way faster than me. I came in mid pack in the first two races....then scored 9th out of 11 this past Sunday and I was riding my best. Headed to the gym now ....feel like I can't miss a workout or practice if Im gonna run decent in B.

    I'll post up a more info and pics about my run in the B class soon.
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  14. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    My first 14/15 Season Race in B class was at the Gatorback Cycle park in N Central FL. It was seriously hot. I prepped as well as I could all Summer pushing past previous stopping points with the thought of running with the B guys firmly in my mind.

    In the end I ran 4 laps and I scored 9th out of 21 in the lineup.

    I was really pleased with this mid-pack debut.

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  15. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    My Second HS race was in Brooksville Fl on Jan 6th. I hadn't done a Scramble since Mid Sept which was due to work conflicts and a huge disappointment ....but I was able to make it to an Enduro event in the Beginning of November (which is a hole 'nother story) ..... Plus I was able to get a little 3 day practice ride in around the Holidays at the Croom motorcycle area North of Tampa. So I had some seat time ...but not a lot. I scored 12th out of 21 which isn't bad but I could have done a lot better .... My last lap (We did 4), I totally Bonked ...ran out of juice. I didn't care who passed me...just wanted it over. My time on the last lap increased by 2 minutes ....I just couldn't muster the strength to keep going fast on the very technical track @ Mondon Hill.

    At least I was in one piece at the end with no serious crashes and even made quite a few jumps and climbs that were at a new level for me. :clap

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  16. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    My third Scramble of the Season was put on by the Palm Beach Track and Trail club on Jan 18 @ Okeechobee FL. Beautiful weather graced us and it was in low 60's over night and climbed to 73 and dry for the race. Conditions were great ...The property had seen quite a bit of rain so we had some pretty soft muddy areas to deal with ...other than that lots of real nice fast woods trails with the occasional hairpin thru trees and lots of short straightaways between wooded sections ... There were no flat straight aways ...all of them had whoops ditches and bumps that took a real good technique to get thru quickly. The last portion of each lap had some fields that were fast going but had those real soft mud bogged areas to slow down all but the most experienced fearless riders.

    I got a pretty lame start, going out of the start field almost last...but I passed about 5 people in the first 1/2 mile. I was probably holding onto 6th or 7th for awhile but I had 3 stalls due to my recluse clutch not letting go and had 1 -2 of my guys pass me each time. I hit one tree hard on a blind dark turn in the woods... It threw me across the trail and off the bike but I bounced back quickly from that. I only remembered it after seeing the nice raspberry on my shoulder blade... I attribute my gym workouts to being able to get up and race quickly after these kind of hits. I am currently about 206# and a bit leaner than in the past season.

    I felt great during this 3 lap (12 + mile ea.) race.

    IN fact, I literally was jumping up and down at the end and was so disappointed I didn't get to race another lap. This was a total turnaround from the race just 2 weeks prior. I attribute the boost in energy to not missing a workout ,,,especially spin class...eating and sleeping well before the race for sure ...and NO alcohol /partying all race weekend.

    We had a really small line up of 11 guys ....and even though I felt fantastic ...and rode as good and fast as ever ...I only scored 9th out of 11 ...or almost last. If I was 9th out of 22 or so ...id feel a lot better about it I guess....

    While my times were good for me .....They weren't good enough to run with these guys who showed up in B this time... Each race a different group shows up so you never know where you truly stand race to race ... Looking at the guys who beat me this time...they blew my doors off with their lap times. This was humbling to see and disappointed me a bit...but still, I LOVED this race.

    All season long I have been still battling with a Numb left hand ... but it bothered me a little less on this race ...probably because I didn't do a practice lap and took 3 Ibu proven 30 minutes prior to race. The difference of FUN factor between when it is numb and when it isn't is exponential .... I HAVE to fix this if I want to keep racing.

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  17. 81forest

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    What an awesome thread. You have a great story-telling style, thanks for sharing it.

    I did my first enduro last year at age 39, and got the bug to do a lot more races this year. Like you I have been hitting the gym and changing some habits in order to just feel strong at the end.

    I think it's super impressive that you have clawed your way into the B Class and are already mid pack. In my first race I was totally out of shape and basically worthless at the end of the 50 mile course (where it had rained about 3 inches in the previous 24 hours.) I had to ditch my goggles at the beginning because of all the mud. I had no idea how a timekeeper enduro worked, so I just tried to follow guys who seemed to know what they were doing. I barely avoided "houring out", but just barely.

    This year I am a lot more prepared, and reading your thread is inspiring. With all of the pro racing threads on Adv, I have a lot of fun reading about real-life guys who are trying to balance work/life/motos.

    Keep up the reports! Here is a pic of me struggling in the timekeeper, turn signals and all:

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  18. gun 4 hire

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    81forest: "This year I am a lot more prepared, and reading your thread is inspiring. With all of the pro racing threads on Adv, I have a lot of fun reading about real-life guys who are trying to balance work/life/motos"


    81forest....I'm glad you have found inspiration reading this thread about racing as a non pro. That's what the intent of it is. I was inspired to race by a friend of a friend....a guy who just went out and did it... Tried his luck and finished two laps. He didn't win a thing and was swept off the course... But witnessing it it made me realize I could try it and have no fear since he and I had the same riding experience... Next to none.

    If I never witnessed this guy doing this I would have never tried race one. But seeing his struggles and ultimate triumph in fishing his first two laps of a scramble... Made me realize how much I wanted the challenge.

    In racing I have found sometbjng I am truly passionate about. It still scares the crap out of me everytime I hear the bullhorn wail " 10 SECONDS!!" While we wait to run to our bikes.... Sometimes during those 10 long seconds are even longer... Like in the times where we just witnessed a pileup, a crash or a bad multi bike wreck in one of the classes that start before us...

    But no matter how good or bad I do... I always learn something, and I have pride in the fact I tried my hardest. Adrenaline is a funny thing.

    Best of luck with your racing sir !
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  19. SnoPro753

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    Great thread! Thank you for posting year after year and congratulations on your success!

    I just picked up a KDX250 for $150. Once I get it back to par I am considering running a harescramble so your thread is very motivating.
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  20. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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