Wednesday, July 24, 2019
A couple weeks ago I was watching the pro motorcycle races (MotoAmerica) at my favorite "(old) home" track they race at, Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca. I was looking at the times for what would be the class I would race in if I were to try the pro ranks, and I was hit with a realization - I could have qualified for the race. Granted, I probably would have ended up dead last, but I technically could have qualified. Adding in some additional factors that have come to light since my move, and my mind just switched. I blurted out to my friend:
"I'm racing there next year."
No if/and/or/when about it. It was a statement, and it wasn't me trying to convince myself. I made the decision, right then and there, to quit "waiting until I'm ready" and decided that I WILL be there, and I WILL be racing some of the pro race rounds next year.
Don't get me wrong - there is a LOT, and I mean a LOT, of hard work between now and then, both on and off the bike. Thankfully I've got some good people in my court and by my side who are happy to help get me there.
Making that decision was what I needed to kick my excuses to the curb. My wishy-washy approach to my fitness and weight loss - no longer an option or something I wanted, or something that would be nice to accomplish. Nope, now it's a requirement.
On the bike there's plenty of work to do as well. The skills are there, but need to be applied better/more consistently. Riding and racing tracks that are completely new to me has helped highlight my weak points as a rider, and has given me very specific and obvious things to work and improve on.
My social life will be pretty limited, but I already had some after-work things I was lining up to help me build "my circle" and get involved (primarily joining a local martial arts group and finding some horses to ride regularly). Both of those also add activity to my days, but while before I was thinking of those replacing my workouts, now they're just extra activity to keep me off the couch :D
Honestly I'm a bit shocked by the shift my mind took - attending the pro races has been something I've "planned on" doing for nearly 3 years now - but saying "I am doing it" is definitely a game changer. No longer a flexible date, it's kicked me into gear.