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Old 01-15-2010, 10:56 PM   #1
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A n00b goes racing

Does anyone want to watch me get my ass handed to me??



Good! Then read on.

My grandfather was a professional race car driver in the 40's, and he was quite good. He always used to tell stories about how they didnt have seatbelts and how he won this race or that.
My dad wasn't really into any of that kind of stuff and therefore I never got into it, but ever since I was a little kid I have always day dreamed about racing. Ever since grade school my folks would take me up to Laguna Seca to see the Historical Races and I loved it. Somehow sailing through those corners in a GT-350 seemed so possible.



Anyways, after years of day dreaming it looks like its going to happen here next weekend. A total race n00b is going out for the first time on an Enduro and in an attempt to actually finish, Im going to be following another ADV rider.
This guy has been nice enough to hold my hand through all this so far and let me crash with his team.....a great example of the ADV spirit!



My wife and I currently belong to a weight loss program and what a goal to get in shape for; desert racing!

So here's is brakedown:

The Rider:

6'2 - 220 lbs - 31 years old

Riding experience:

15 years, 90% street. The last three years have been an attempt to get comfortable in the dirt via this board. I have been able to take a GS places most cant...is that JUST because of my weight....

The Race Bike:

2000 Honda XR650R

purchased from Rider914 a few years ago with the intention of not whaling on the GS off road anymore and actually learning how to ride in the dirt.







I kinda wish I had a GoPro to document the first outing.... that would be classic!



anyways - I keep up with the posting so you guys can see what happens to me....


oh yea...


Goals:

1) to not get hurt
2) to finish

thats pretty much good enough for me
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:24 AM   #2
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Enduro on a BRP? you are definitely jumping into the deep end of the pool
What organization are you going racing with? Since you said enduro and your in southern cal, I'm figuring its d-37. You may also want to check out US Desert Racing aka USDR as well (www.usdesertracing.com)
Good luck and have fun, looking forward to updates
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:01 AM   #3
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Good on you. What's the name of the enduro and where is it?
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:13 AM   #4
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Race that?

You should really think about getting an enduro bike.
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:28 AM   #5
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EatPast >>> Good on you man for setting a goal like this!! Best of luck to you!!

The Honda is a fine bike for this. Don't need no stinkin "Meals on Wheels" BMW or KTM for an enduro!!
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:48 AM   #6
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Hungry Man -

Though not known for it's agility, the XR-R will get you through your first event and as many as you choose. Be warned, once you're bitten by the bug you'll probably start looking for a more capable enduro machine.

Have fun! Good luck! Keep us posted.
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:07 AM   #7
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Less than two weeks to Checkers!
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:54 PM   #8
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Less than two weeks to Checkers!
I know! im going to try and push for five miles of running tomorrow.

Also I got some hand strengtheners for the office.... hopefully then Ill have a prayer to finish in the top 10 in class.

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Old 02-16-2011, 10:56 PM   #9
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I know! im going to try and push for five miles of running tomorrow. ...
So from this we can infer that the Catalina ankle's no longer the size of a Fairbanks-Morse piston?
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:01 PM   #10
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So from this we can infer that the Catalina ankle's no longer the size of a Fairbanks-Morse piston?
sadly it still hurts! its still a litter swollen, but no, not fairbanks-alaska swollen.



im just going to have to say that its ligament damage and keep taking ibuprofen and using the tens unit and doing some physical therapy stuff, run on it when I can and hope for the best.

If found that in the past, perseverance through exercise usually helps.... just as long as you're not damaging it more.

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Old 02-27-2011, 07:46 PM   #11
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had an interesting day today.

I got a decent start (5th or so to the end of the bomb) but had a decent endo at the end of the bomb..... then about two miles later some guy jumped out in front of me and I went down, and by the time I got the bike started I was in dead last.

I was feeling like crap but I just wicked it up and Scotty and I went along for awhile. Eventually I pulled away and managed to make it back to around 33rd OA..... Im VERY curious to see how I did in class.

Scotty did incredibly on his first race on the actual pig - the 650L
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:02 PM   #12
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I know! im going to try and push for five miles of running tomorrow.

Also I got some hand strengtheners for the office.... hopefully then Ill have a prayer to finish in the top 10 in class.

I would like to get out there and run too but I find that I spend too much time reading these forums to get up early and work out.

If the earlier races this year are any indication you'll have a top ten no matter what. There were only 4 or 5 people in your class in Jackrabbits and Desert MC.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:58 PM   #13
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I would like to get out there and run too but I find that I spend too much time reading these forums to get up early and work out.

If the earlier races this year are any indication you'll have a top ten no matter what. There were only 4 or 5 people in your class in Jackrabbits and Desert MC.
well sweet! then a top ten is WAY easier!

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Old 02-26-2012, 05:04 PM   #14
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Sorry to hear that. I crashed twice - the first one bent my thumb back a little - no biggie. The second has me sitting in the ER with a pain filled foot. I do t think it's broken like you had but I need something done to it. Both crashes were my fault - just got crossed up in a rut the first time. The second time I think I was just tired - it was right after the 1-2 loop merge.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:20 PM   #15
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sucks reading posts like that AJ & Tracy
hope both of you guys are not too hurt
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