My journey to V2R and other racing nonsense

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Kanook, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. AngryShawn

    AngryShawn Punchbowl Pooper

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    Looks like you are totally dialed in with really good people to lend advice and support.
    Hope to see you at contingency in August!
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  2. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Well it's a gloomy Saturday morning. The trailer is loaded and me and my son are on the freeway heading to Delta Utah for my second race of the season. The Notch peak Whirlwind scramble, a smaller 15 mile loop with a little section of MX track thrown in the mix. It's a timed race, only 2 hours, so with exception of possible rain and 60mph wind gusts it should be a fun little race.
    Results and pics to come.
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  3. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    I guess they all can't be gem's. What a miserable race. First off I didn't allow myself enough time to get mentally prepped for the race, my son and I showed up to pit row about 10:15 and the race was at 11:00. So by the time I got the bike unloaded, checked over, and my gear on it was time to head to the start. All this time the wind is howling and sand is blowing to the point you couldn't see. By the time I lined up behind the experts they were shutting down there bikes in preparation for the dead engine start. Banner drops and off they go. Amateurs next. I find a spot behind and in between two fellow rides and let my bike idle. The banner rises and I kill the motor. I've got Heartless Bastards on my iPod playing in my ears, maybe a bit too loud because I couldn't hear that my bike had not started, the banner drops and I hit the start button and release the clutch. Nothing. Try to start again and the same. Finally on the third attempt the bike fires and off I go with the majority off the pack ahead of me. Most of the first lap was fighting dust and trying to find places to pass. When the trail finally opened up wide enough to pass it was such deep sand that it was hard to hold a line and just when I would make a pass attempt the rider in front had all of a sudden washed and is now right in my path. I just watched the head pack pull away. By the second lap I was getting in a groove and just made it my goal to not get passed and ride smooth. I rode the first four laps without pitting and at the start of the 5th my son and friend Chris were at pit row with fuel and food. I took a little fuel and a couple bites of a power bar and headed off. The final lap felt good and I managed to get past a couple riders but I don't think it mattered, I'm sure I was far behind in my class. The only thing that may save me is the fact I didn't pit every lap. Maybe during those times I was able to get ahead of riders. Won't know for sure until results are posted. Maybe in a day or two.
    Oh well there is always the next race.
    Thanks to my son Cole and Chris Landers for enduring the sand storm and helping me.
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  4. frog

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    Sounds like a perfect day for a race. :mad:I think we may have to get you away from fano he seems to be rubbing off on you. Him and dumbgirl used to get there 20 min before the race and barely make it to the start. But somehow they are always on time when there is beer around. :D

    Hopefully the Jericho race in a few weeks will have good weather but if not at least the terrain is a hell of a lot more fun.

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  5. fano

    fano here and there

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    Hey, at least we have our priorities straight. If you are late for start, no big deal. All you have to do is ride faster to catch up, but if you are late for beer, it will be gone. :deal
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  6. dumbgirl

    dumbgirl Been here awhile

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    Fano, correct me if I'm mistaken but we were late to one race because of gay parade traffic & the FROG ran out of gas ON THE WAY TO the race on the KTM 990. We handed gas to him over a barbed wire fence. When we got there I didn't even have pants or a camelbak! (I had to race wearing Franks clothes)
    Another time I forgot to put my race #'s on and had to apply them the morning of, in breezy, sandy conditions. But Fano came to help & we had to use Gin to clean the plastics off and since the bottle was open and all we kinda started enjoying our morning a little too much and lost track of time. Fano, remember those people parked next to us? I think they told their kids to stay away.
    We may have been late & a total junk-show most of the time but I bet you can't find anyone that had more fun than we did!!!:freaky

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  7. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Lmfao
    You need to come out and play with us more often. :)
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  8. frog

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    She's afraid that she may break her hip. I think both her and fano are 6 months from retirement.



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  9. frog

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    I remember that day. You called me and said you and fano had to drive a float down main St so you'd be late.

    You going to help me chase kanook in aug? I need someone to drive while I drink. :D

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  10. M.A.G.

    M.A.G. I heart Penalties

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    We are so moving to Utah.
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  11. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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  12. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Well my plan worked. Took second place in my class. Apparently I passed everyone in the pits. I'm glad to have that race behind me though. I doubt I'll do it again. I prefer the longer, less sandy less mx track races. ;)
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  13. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    I went in last Wednesday and had a little surgery on my hand. I've had a piece of cactus festering in the side of my right hand since the Rhino Rally. It was hitting a nerve and causing numbness and a sharp burning pain in my knuckle. I tried a few times to get it out, and my wife tried once. She broke out the razor blade and tweezers and I broke out the whiskey. She could get a hold of the cactus spike but it would break when she pulled on it. Those things are like fish hooks.
    I finally couldn't take it any longer and had a doctor go in and get it.
    Yea. A new scar.

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  14. frog

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    I could have saved you a trip. I have a xacto knife, Novocaine, and stitch kits. I'm not a doctor but play one when I need stitches. :D

    My friends wife gave me a bunch of stitch kits when she found out I sewed up my foot with a needle and thread. Crappy thing was it was dull needle so it took a set of pliers to get it to go through my skin. Much easier with the right tools. :)

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  15. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Yeah but could you write me a script for Lortab:evil
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  16. frog

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    No but I'd be happy to pick some up when I'm down in Baja. :D Or I could just hit your big toe with a hammer and you would forget all about your hand.

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  17. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    I picked up a couple new supporters.
    Oneal and SteelMX optics
    I just received some new goggles from SteelMX and I'm excited to give them a try. They are extremely comfortable and the multiple layers of foam should do well at keeping out the dust. The goggle i received are the SMX Tempered.

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  18. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Multi layers of foam.

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  19. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1334337719.149539.jpg Here is my review of my SMX goggles. So far I'm not impressed. Took them on a 80 mile jaunt through the desert and although the fit was comfy and they did an average job keeping the dust out, the lenses are terrible. After about 30 miles we stopped for a break and when I removed the goggles I wiped the outer lens with my finger but when I did the same on the inside it felt as though I had 800 grit paper on my hands. The inside completely spider webbed. Every other goggle I have I have been able to do the same thing and no issues. Hell, I've thrown my goggles to strangers in pits and they've used paper towels and not scratched my lens. It's almost like the outer of the lens is treated but the inner is not. I've sent off numerous emails to SMX but every one gets sent back. I also sent a facebook message with no response I tried to call and was able to leave a message so I'll see if I hear back. I hope this was just a bad lens and they stand behind there product. Last night I pulled out all my goggles, Ariete, Oakley, Smith, and SMX and cleaned all the lenses the same way and the SMX got even worse.
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  20. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1334412567.939028.jpg Yet another dreary race day. All loaded and ready to head out to the 4th race in the USRA desert series. The Firebirds hare and hound in Jericho.
    First loop is 38 miles and the second loop is 35 miles and rain. At least no dust ;)
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