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post #1 of 14 Old 02-28-2017, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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Recap of my 2016 season

For the first time since I started racing I did not make a "Year In Review" video (previous ones linked on my sig below) mostly because I did not have a lot to report. Getting run over at the 3rd round plus financial issues cut my season short and left me without a lot of material.

Still, looking back at my season now I have a few moments that I would like to share so here is an overview of my 2016 season.

2016 was supposed to be a banner year for me. I had seriously invested in fitness and overall health in an effort to improve my racing campaign. I was probably in the best shape of my life at the start of the season.



The first round of the year was lackluster. I did manage to get into the winners circle and back into the 15's for lap times so that was a positive but I was forced to cut my weekend short due to transmission issues and a disconcerting engine noise/vibration.

Some shots and video from Rd1












Round 2 wasn't much better. Laptimes were still mediocre. I did manage to get back into the winners circle once but it was a slow, frustrating weekend overall. I did manage to get some nice pics and a funny video though =)

This is me passing our friend MFChop in a race where I was stuck behind a slower rider and for whatever reason, I just could not manage to pass him.


This is what it looked like from his angle =)



I love the way this shows how the rear tire contact patch spreads out under extreme acceleration.










Rd3 was the last serious effort of 2016 on my part. In the very first race of the weekend I lost the rear coming onto the front straight @ ~60mph and promptly got run over. The damage to my leg plus the financial impact of the crash left me with no choice by to forfeit the remainder of the year.

Video of the crash




And the aftermath. This was 1 day after. By a week later my entire leg was purple as it filled with blood.





For the remainder of the year I was unable to continue racing and instead focused on spending time with my students at the Penguin Racing School advanced racing class.




Hopefully 2017 will be a step up over last year. It is my intention to continue to instruct for Penguin (and a few others) and do a couple of races throughout the year to keep my skills somewhat sharp. Ideally I would like to hit the MA round at NJMP at the end of the season but we will have to see how it plays out.
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post #2 of 14 Old 02-28-2017, 07:35 AM
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Hopefully this year goes a little better for ya man! Maybe I'll meet you at some point, I will hopefully make it to penguin at some point for a little schoolin.
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Hope you have a better 2017 season!

Did your leg end up being broken, or just badly bruised? Looks super painful...

I assume you figured out the disconcerting engine noise?
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I'm certainly happy that wreck wasn't any worse. Good luck to you. I enjoy your contributions here and look forward to more race results.
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Hope this year goes better for you, and hope you find employment again soon!

Also, if you got time to thumbs up someone during a race, then you're not going fast enough!

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When I grow up, I want to be like PainfullySlo. Love the fitness aspect. Something I'm big on. I hate being passed by fatties. But then I love the fact that they pull in after 15 minutes on a track day and I'm still circulating for another 5 minutes...

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When I grow up, I want to be like PainfullySlo. Love the fitness aspect. Something I'm big on. I hate being passed by fatties. But then I love the fact that they pull in after 15 minutes on a track day and I'm still circulating for another 5 minutes...
Haha I'm the opposite. I love passing guys that weigh like 50-60 lbs less and are much more athletic than me...and doing it on a less powerful bike adds even more to the insult!

Granted I too have been passed by guys that are 30 years older and even heavier as well.

As far as time, it doesn't bother me. I never do more than 15 minutes at a time and I'm fine with that. None of the races I do are more than about 12-14 minutes anyway, and for track day sessions I usually just go out for several laps, which ends up being less than 15 minutes and that's enough for me. When I go out I do a few laps at almost full pace and then I come in. No sense in wasting gas and tires to stay out there for more at a mediocre pace.

My problem is generally not the fitness, but my arm-pump issue. My right hand/forearm is by far the first thing that gives up on me when I'm on the track. Once I lose that feeling in my fingers where braking becomes dangerous, I come back in, even though the rest of my body could handle more laps. It sucks
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Don't forget I ride to the track and then back home haha so I have to be pretty fit. I used to have that arm-pump issue on my right arm but I've sorted it now. The weird thing is at Ruapuna I'm now getting it on my left arm.

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Don't forget I ride to the track and then back home haha so I have to be pretty fit. I used to have that arm-pump issue on my right arm but I've sorted it now. The weird thing is at Ruapuna I'm now getting it on my left arm.
How did you sort it out? I haven't found anything that worked yet, aside from changing to less powerful bikes.

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Hopefully this year goes a little better for ya man! Maybe I'll meet you at some point, I will hopefully make it to penguin at some point for a little schoolin.
Thanks and if you do manage to get up to NHMS and take the penguin class, please be sure to let me know so that I can look for you. It doesnt matter which class you are taking, I will make sure to find time to do a little one on one with you.

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Hope you have a better 2017 season!

Did your leg end up being broken, or just badly bruised? Looks super painful...

I assume you figured out the disconcerting engine noise?
There were no breaks (amazingly) but there was substantial tissue damage. It took about a month for my leg to return to its normal color and much longer before I felt at 100%. Yes, it was painful :-p I actually had so much blood in my leg that when I stood, it kind of overflowed the top of my shoe. I had a blood cankle :-p

The noise was a loose bracket under my fairing. The vibration was actually my OEM cam chain tensioner. I replaced it with a manual one that I had in my box and all is well.

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I'm certainly happy that wreck wasn't any worse. Good luck to you. I enjoy your contributions here and look forward to more race results.
Thank you! Yes, I am glad it was no worse as well. A few inches to one side and I would have been impacted on my spine and head. I count myself very fortunate to still be here.

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Hope this year goes better for you, and hope you find employment again soon!

Also, if you got time to thumbs up someone during a race, then you're not going fast enough!
Oh, trust me, I know. The guy that I was following was a full 2 seconds off my pace but for whatever idiotic reason I just could not get around him. He has a really built bike and would be slow through turns then hammer the gas on exit so really the only way to try to pass is on the brakes. I made a few attempts and then was just so pissed off that I said 'fuck it' and decided to have some fun instead. That was the 'thumbs up' for MFChop, who really was riding very well!

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When I grow up, I want to be like PainfullySlo. Love the fitness aspect. Something I'm big on. I hate being passed by fatties. But then I love the fact that they pull in after 15 minutes on a track day and I'm still circulating for another 5 minutes...
Oh, please don't aspire to be like me. There are WAY better ways to grow up. About the only thing that I can do right is ride motorcycles :-p

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Haha I'm the opposite. I love passing guys that weigh like 50-60 lbs less and are much more athletic than me...and doing it on a less powerful bike adds even more to the insult!

Granted I too have been passed by guys that are 30 years older and even heavier as well.

As far as time, it doesn't bother me. I never do more than 15 minutes at a time and I'm fine with that. None of the races I do are more than about 12-14 minutes anyway, and for track day sessions I usually just go out for several laps, which ends up being less than 15 minutes and that's enough for me. When I go out I do a few laps at almost full pace and then I come in. No sense in wasting gas and tires to stay out there for more at a mediocre pace.

My problem is generally not the fitness, but my arm-pump issue. My right hand/forearm is by far the first thing that gives up on me when I'm on the track. Once I lose that feeling in my fingers where braking becomes dangerous, I come back in, even though the rest of my body could handle more laps. It sucks
Consider staying out for the full session but ride the remaining laps at 75%. Focus instead on things like body positioning or locating additional reference points. Why waste track time that you are paying for?

I usually go out with a plan to work on one or two corners and do that for the first half of the session and then try to string together 2-3 good laps towards the end.
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Consider staying out for the full session but ride the remaining laps at 75%. Focus instead on things like body positioning or locating additional reference points. Why waste track time that you are paying for?

I usually go out with a plan to work on one or two corners and do that for the first half of the session and then try to string together 2-3 good laps towards the end.
That's actually not a bad idea. My local organization does 30-minute sessions, and there are 7 in a day. NOBODY rides all full sessions lol. That's a lot of track time in one day. But going at 75% for some laps on just focus on other things is a good idea. I'll have to try that and see if I can learn something new or improve in maybe just a single turn at a time at least.

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How did you sort it out? I haven't found anything that worked yet, aside from changing to less powerful bikes.
Stop choking the chicken. Nah, seriously I just lightened my grip and also changed the grips to 710s. Seemed to have really helped. But I started getting buzzing in my left hand at Ruapuna (I tend to push/pull with rightie) so not sure I have the solution mate.

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Oh, please don't aspire to be like me. There are WAY better ways to grow up. About the only thing that I can do right is ride motorcycles :-p
I can't even do that.

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Stop choking the chicken. Nah, seriously I just lightened my grip and also changed the grips to 710s. Seemed to have really helped. But I started getting buzzing in my left hand at Ruapuna (I tend to push/pull with rightie) so not sure I have the solution mate.
Yeah I've lightened my grip too, but I still get it. On my 1198, because of the aggressiveness of that bike, my right arm would go numb after about 5 laps only. On my zx6r, I can go about 7-8. On the little bikes, I can go on for a long time. I have mad respect for people that do endurance racing. I know a lady racer who's in her mid-30s and she races endurance, who's done 60-80 minute stints at race pace in 105-110 degree texas weather (that's around 40 C or a bit more) on an SV650! Crazy! I would pass out after like 20 minutes.
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