I'm 41 and I just started racing this year. I had no idea how quickly I'd go from "Hey, I'm just out here getting exercise with my kids" to being overly competitive and chasing my district points.
Confidence is a big factor in getting faster. Also...Not letting aggressiveness get the better of a decision to use the brake has kept me off the ground on multiple occasions. There are still several obstacles I know I probably "could" jump, but I just haven't tried, but I'm close enough to the fast guys for now. Just received the Arkansas State #2 plate last weekend behind (albeit half the final straight and a few thousand points behind (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sarcastic.gif
) ) a guy who's NAG #7, so I couldn't be happier.
Hope you're having as much fun as I am cuz that's what it's all about (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif