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Old 05-06-2012, 04:59 AM   #1
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Hey Folks,

I started this thread after my previous one http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=777357 about myself questioning what bike would be good for a newb, new to dirt bike riding should start with. Because of this, more guys started posted that were getting into racing at the ripe ol' age of 40+ like myself, or were already underway.

Yesterday was my second real day on the bike (2003 XR250R, my wife would approve a bigger budget and it was a local well looked after bike). I went out to one of the local sandpits/tracks to practice for an hour. I felt fairly comfortable on the bike, and it's a good thing I keep myself in good shape, because it is a hell of workout, my helmet, jersey, and gloves were soaked with sweat afterwards.

http://youtu.be/sDysFv1ixVY

The other big news is..........I signed up for my first enduro. It's a fund raiser for breast cancer, which hits home here. My mother-in-law passed away from it 15 years ago, before I had met my wife, Kim. So getting her blessing to do the race was easy. It's a 75km/46.6 mile course. I entered in the Sportsman class which is one loop of 75km. I spoke to the organizer and they said it should be doable for someone of my experience level.

So now I have just under two months to train and prepare. I plan to get in a lot of riding, and so far my work schedule is looking good for that. I'll continue to cross train by running 3-5 days a week, however now I will incorporate more anaerobic, sprint interval work. Stand up paddle boarding is a great total body workout, which really helps with the core, and I'll squeeze in some more push ups and pull ups.

Look forward to hearing from the rest of the guys and how all the new racers are doing.
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