Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I Ride: 2013 ZX6R
Thanks for all the feedback everyone. Me and my wife made it home safely and in one piece after my first 2 days at the track. Here is a little recap for those interested.
Sunday Night: Arrived at the hotel around 10:30pm, and I didn't sleep much as I was excited for the next day.
We arrived early, got into our garage, set everything up and met a few people right off the go. Although I didn't know anyone there, those in the 3 garages around me were very welcoming. Shortly after tech and the riders meeting I was off to the novice meeting. There were a few others who had never done a track day and I was placed in group 7. It appeared to be a pretty busy day, and there were a lot of riders in each of the skill levels. After the 2nd session I moved into group 6 with another rider as I felt that I could get a bit more out of group 6. Rode in group 6 for a session and we were off to lunch. Rode session 4, decided I needed a break in 5, rode 6, and did not ride 7. In total, 5 out 7 session completed and I was spent. As I had the garage for both days, It was an easy pack up and back to the hotel for the night. My wife and I got some pizza and I was in bed by 7:30pm.
Arrived early again, quickly set some things up, checked the bike over to make sure everything was still good, met some more new people, tech and riders meeting. Back to the novice group meeting. There were only 18 of us in the novice group so it was groups were broken up into 4 or 5 riders per group. I started out in group 3 of 4. Rode session 1 and 2 and 3. After lunch, I felt that I could move into group 2. Rode session 4 and felt good. I felt that the pace was good, and I wasn't riding above my level. Came back in for the meeting, and was unsure if I was going to ride session 5. By the time we were ready for session 5, I thought I felt good. I was wrong. Complete the first lap and coming into turn 1, I made a mistake and ended up cutting it really sure which lead me to hit the raised area between the end of pit lane and turn 1. I immediately started to lose control, let off the gas and didn't touch the breaks. Lucky for me I was able to keep it up. At that moment I decided this was not my session and put my hand up and headed to the pit. I should have known better. I made it back to the garage, stripped off all my gear, cleared my head, hydrated and rested. Met with the group after the meeting and spoke with the coach. Rain clouds were in sight and I knew I only had one session left in me. I didn't want to go out on a bad note and also felt much better. Finished up session 6, spoke with the coach, packed up and left.
Listen to myself the first time like I did on day 1. If I have any doubt, stay off the track.
I have a new understanding of what fast is. I am no where near it, don't plan on being anytime soon, and am perfectly fine in the novice group.
Overall I had a great time, learned a lot of things, and am looking forward to the next one. Be safe out there everyone. I have gained a great amount of respect for many of you after this weekend.
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