Riding your own race.

A few weekends ago I raced at a local track about 2.5 hours from my house. The track is mostly sand-based with a few rocky sections. Throughout the day the track got rougher and rougher, as expected. The ruts were deeper, more and more rocks were un-earthed and it was slowly getting whooped out. I’m currently riding an ’07 kx 250 stroke and the poor motor was feeling it in the deep sandy sections.

My first moto was a shocker. I had 2 riders pressuring me the entire race from start to finish. I tried my hardest to stay focused and ride my own race but it’s very tough to do when you know they are close behind. I managed to hold them off, however it took a toll on my body. I pushed myself extremely hard that moto and it was only the first of the day.

The 2nd moto of the day was much better. I managed a decent start in 4th and quickly passed into 2nd and never looked back. First place was too far in front to worry about so I relaxed a bit and was able to ride my own race until the checkered flag. Not having to deal with the pressure allowed me to ride fast and smooth and not worry about the riders behind me. I still had energy left at the end and I felt ready for the afternoon motos.

I ran into pressure in the 3rd moto once again, and just like the 1st moto it was tough to deal with. By this time the track was getting very rough and it was extremely important to grip with your legs because it was whooped out everywhere. I kept telling myself to just ride my own race. It helped a little but it was still different than the second moto where I was able to relax and ride smooth. Unfortunately with about 2 laps left, my bike siezed up and I was forced to push my bike back to the truck : ( I was a little sad knowing my day was done and I was heading home with a broken bike.

What I learned from the weekend was how important it was to ride your own race. Be smooth and relax a little if you can. Try not to worry about the riders behind you and what they are doing. If you do worry, you won’t focus on riding smooth and you’ll begin making mistakes that will wear you down physically and mentally.

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