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Old guy at local races, Trying to get faster....
post Jul 13 2011, 02:34 PM
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At age 49, I have just begun racing a cruiser. I am pretty slow, but working on becoming more competitive. I kinda feel bad sometime when I show up to race. I get beat by a full straight right now. But, if I wasn't there, perhaps the other riders in my moto could have been combined with younger and faster riders and had a much more enjoyable race. I'm sure that problem has happened at other tracks??
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post Jul 13 2011, 02:45 PM
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Ive been there Man! Dont spend time worring about what other people are thinking. You are there for you, your there to have a good time and ride, it keeps us feeling young. I have been at it for 3 years now and absolutly love it more all the time. If you wana get faster, remember often times its the work you put in away from the track that makes the biggest difference...
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post Jul 13 2011, 04:23 PM
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Good job getting out on the track. I recently returned to racing as well. Be patient and realize that your speed can only increase as fast as your bike handling skills do.
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post Jul 14 2011, 07:37 AM
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Don't get discouraged you'll improve with time. I get killed by others on a regular basis, but I my main thing is to get better each time I race. We have about 12-13 guys that race, half of which I will probably never beat, but eventually competing with the other half is my goal. I had a spectator come up to me after a race one day and say hey I know you lost but at least you are out there. Just keep having fun.
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post Aug 29 2011, 07:21 PM
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Know this is an old thread but how are things progressing over the past month? Should begin to get your legs under you and get your wind up a bit. In time you should be able to compete well.
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post Sep 13 2011, 02:51 AM
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Yes man you are right and going very well.
Infact there is no time limit to do any thing...if you have enough strength then you should do something you want to (IMG:style_emoticons/default/cool.gif)

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post Sep 20 2011, 11:05 AM
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While I'm not quite 49, I did come back after a 15 year break. I found that working on being slow and smooth, then try for speed after worked best. Once the confidence comes, the relaxation comes and then the speed will follow. Pick an obstacle that's giving you trouble. Work on getting over it slow and smooth, then slowly try a little more speed. I think 90% of it is confidence and relaxation though.
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post Sep 20 2011, 08:11 PM
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I'm 49 and I go out and have fun, as long as I don't crash or someone cuts me off I'm good. I know it bothers when you get beat, that's the competetive person inside of all of us.
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post Oct 4 2011, 10:02 AM
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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)
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post Oct 4 2011, 12:32 PM
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This topic gives me hope, want to get back in, thinking of building a 24" over the winter, start early next season. I just joined a gym, 42 this year, so I want to do something healthy. Hey at least it is a start.
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