A n00b goes racing

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  1. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    im trying my hand at the USDR racing this weekend.

    this isnt the exact race, but its very similar.

    http://usdesertracing.com/race_flyers/usdr_2010_Round_2_flier.pdf

    The format is similar to that of D.37 but not exactly the same. Methinks it will be fun to try something a little different.

    They actually do a course ride on Saturday and the loops are only 17 miles. Beginners do two loops and everyone else does 4. Everyone is saying that the courses are much faster. Also, it s a live engine start, which will be great so I dont botch the start like last time! I can let the 650 eat the turf and if im quick about it, get in front of the rest of the beginners!

    we will see!
  2. Bluebull2007

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    Heya Eatpasta, hope the mrs. is doing ok.

    Hmm, Innit Round 3 that you want to do this weekend? :ear

    Looks quite hectic, especially on a 650! You guys are so blessed to have races every other weekend.

    Have a good one, :thumb will be checking this thread out when I get back. I fully expect to see videos, a ride report and more photees :D
  3. eatpasta

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    yeah its a big weekend, no? You're going to be training in Death Valley and having a BLAST and ill be out racing.

    sounds like fun well be had for all!

    :1drink

    Yes, Im plannin on having the helmet cam going for this race for sure - Ill also have my DSLR with me so maybe I can get some cool pics of other guys too.
  4. nobrakes

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    Just getting caught up on your thread, eatpasta. I've only done a handful of races myself, so I'm still pretty much a rank noob as well and each race is like a whole new experience. You're definitely right about fitness, the fitness level required is far beyond the capabilities of the average Joe off the street, I don't think people realize just how demanding off road racing is. All the races I've done are hare scrambles back here in the east, so the terrain looks a lot different, but I'm sure the feeling on the start line is the same and once you get into the thick of things your heart rate also pegs at 180+ and maintains at red-line for the duration, just like back here. :lol3

    Good luck your next race, it's great you have someone with a lot of experience to help - that's invaluable.

    BTW, here's my most recent race, it turned out to be a very difficult mudder, carnage everywhere, it felt like my heart was going to explode in several situations. There's some helmet cam footage in there, too.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=559618

    We have a race coming up in our series this Sunday, I'm not 100% sure I'll be able to make it, but so far that is the plan. I will be looking forward to seeing your next installment. As a beginning racer myself, it's good to see others' take on their experiences, so keep the reports coming. Good luck, and good luck to the Mrs., too, hope she recovers fully.
  5. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    dood, I READ this thread somewhere! Its probably posted on here somewhere but my jaw hit the ground when looking at the pics!!

    :huh

    while simultaneously looking like fun and misery, I certainly dont admire your cleaning job of that bike!!
    Good on ya for getting out there and having a bash!! I believe you first races were a bit harder than my first races.....

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    do you have an ongoing thread going?

    :ear

    cant wait to see more from you guys' on the east coast!

    :thumb
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    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    I raced a couple of midwest mud races not long after my early desert days, i.e., a lot younger and still in good shape. I wanted the freaking die. One of them took me 2 and a half hours to go 24 miles.
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    I don't have an on-going thread, but I have done a write-up for each one. I don't want to hijack your thread here too much, but I'll just post a quick link to them in case you want to kill some time in between your races. :lol3

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=473674

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=485489

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=319916
  8. eatpasta

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    oh I dont care - the more the merrier I say!

    Ill have to get back to these.... got to finish some "work"
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    Ok! Here is the next interview. In this one I talk about the Bradshaw trail and gearing up for checkers. The next video is uploading and should be done in a few hours....

    hope you guys like....

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    and the second video

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    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    If it's any consolation, the girls have to be at least 12 to ride the big course. So, thats a little better, right?
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    Thanks for the video updates, those are great! Those dang 12 y/o girls, they give no quarter. lol :lol3
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    :photog






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    So I pose a question to the floor: if the loops are only 18 miles in this USDR race and they are supposed to be easier than D.37 - should i sign up for FOUR loops or TWO?

    If they are easier, then I think I should try for four laps.... what do you guys think?

    :ear
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    I think they will require you to just do the two your first time with them. I read their rules, and unless you hold a license for expert of ammie in another series, they put you in the kids... uh, the beginner/novice race.
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    oh FINE - here I am trying to mentally push myself and I get knocked back to minor leagues!

    :dunno

    what was CLASSIC was when I finished checkers, I swang by the pits to tell all the Coyotes around that I was ok and finished for the day and there was a kid there and I asked him if he was waiting for anyone, and he said something to the effect of "no - well we have some kind of beginner, new guy out there and he hasnt come in yet"

    and I laughed and told him that was me and he kinda looked horrified for a second and then said..... "....... oh..... "

    :doh
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    :lol3 :lol3 :lol3

    I gotta have some fun.
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    :ear
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    The XR hit me in the face today - mid second lap. Dunno what happened... I was in another guys' dust and missed a whoops or a rock and blammo; over the bars.

    Pics and helmet cam to come and NO I DIDNT get the crash on video!

    :cry
  20. eatpasta

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    oh - I have no idea how I did. When I cashed, 40 guys must have gone by. I was there for 15 or 20 minutes at least.... it might have been longer so I lost TONS of spots and when I got back underway I wasnt going to fast enough to not get passed by everyone. In fact I almost crashed trying to catch a kid of a Kwak.

    :dunno

    I finished at least!