Damn I suck.

firecracker22

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Well today was my second race of the season, first of the six-round spring MX series. Guess how I finished.

You got it!!!

DEAD FREAKING LAST!!!

I am sooooo slow it's not even funny.

Let's take a look at who beat me. Hm, a girl on a 125, no problem, I know she's faster than me anyway. She's 17 or so and has no fear. 2nd girl was on a KX 100, I already know she is faster than me too, not by a huge amount but still plenty good. 3rd girl is like 9 and rides a KX 65. She's been riding since she was 3 or 4 and I know she is faster, but shouldn't horsepower count for something? 4th girl on a KX 85, she's not much faster but I still can't keep her behind me.

You have no idea how pissed off I am. I am going to practice until I fall over all week. This weekend is a 3-day weekend, and I am going to be out at that stupid track every day (unless I go snowmobiling with a friend).

I hate this and it makes me so mad. I watch the other girls out there, especially the girl on the 85, and think "Yeah I can catch her." But I can't. Because I am SLOW and I SUCK. A couple of people have told me I am faster than last year, but obviously, NOT FAST ENOUGH to not embarrass myself! Do the math--I ride the biggest bike in my class by 75 ccs! (not that that is why I ride it, I didn't race MX when I bought it)

I know in my head I can be faster. I know exactly what I should be doing. I just can't make my body do what my mind knows I should do!

OMG, look at that, two whole feet of air. :think:
 

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Bummer. Too bad there's no body checking in motocross. :confused: Look at it this way... if you'd won you wouldn't work as hard for the next race. ;) First couple races of the season are for working out your kinks anywho. I know you'll get 'em next time. :thumb: Keep up the hard work and you'll be in the lead before you know it. :cool:

Cool action shot. Who took it?
 
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Dont be so hard on your self! Your out there and just have fun being out there! Thats what its all about! MX is such a mental game it seems! I'm struggling with so many things I dont know where to begin! Of course I struggle physically with armpump too but I bet I could eleviate a lot of it with smarter riding! You just need to keep riding the track - havnt you mostly been a trail rider? Tight cornersand rythem sections into table tops, doubles and triples are an entirly differant story. I have soo much work to do my self - I wish you were down here, we could train together! I'm ready!!!!
 

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Firecracker,

Practice with someone faster than you and strive to ride smoothly especially in the corners. Races are won or lost in the corners since most riders are about the same speed on the straights. Learn to ride smooth and the speed will come to you. Don't be so hard on yourself. Your attitude is the only part of your life that you have 100% control over: choose to be positive!

Toolman :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
 

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I get beat by women, kids on 80s, some guy named AL on an XR100, and Ivan ALL THE TIME. So just remember, there is always somebody out there that should be more embarrassed than you.

The only thing that matters is if you have fun or not......and trust me, getting blown away by some big adult guy on an XR100 is not fun....and I think I have a 150cc, 35 horsepower advantage on him.
 

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but shouldn't horsepower count for something?
Only if you hold the throttle open longer ;)

Don't be so hard on yourself. Riding with better riders and learning from them will make you faster. When riding with someone that's slower or even the same speed as me I feel as if I'm just cursieing along and not pushing myself.
 

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Yeah, definitely don't be so hard on yourself. It is only the 2nd race of the season. That is what you said, right? Sorry, short term memory! Too many head injuries..

At least you don't have your dad getting mad at you when you get passed by a girl on a 65, or an XR100!! That is the worse one I think. I am on a CR125 bored .80 over making it a 134, and I get PASSED by an XR100. Although KX65 are bad too. My dad is always like, you have the best bike out there..why aren't you number one..and goes on and on.
I just tell him the bike is as good as the rider. Then walk away. He usually shuts up for awhile.

Anyway, it's only the 2nd race for this year. Probably didn't ride much or at all over the winter. You know now, that you have a few things to work on. Honestly though, I've noticed that many people (around here) don't pay much attention to the Woman's classes. This is the time the majority of them use to go to the bathroom, and get food...or talk. So, no one noticed or even cared. Just go out there, and ride the best you can.
Good luck in your next race.
 
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At least you are out there ON the track in the fight and not standing on the sidelines watching it happen. I am sure you have heard that saying "Better to be a racer for a second than a spectator for a lifetime." or something like that. Also, it could be at the end of the season. At least now you can strive to improve and then compare yourself to the riders at the end of the season. I'm sure they call you "firecracker" for a reason. Now it's time to get the home fires burnin'. Good luck!!
 

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Sharla, that is why I don't race - I suck, I'm too slow blah blah blah.
You and others l admire because you're out there doing it - I'm on the sidelines watching, or helping out.
I've said in the past I'm waiting till I'm good enough for the novice class & that's the honest truth.
So bah humbug to you sucking, gal, as far as I'm concerned, you rock :)
 

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Thanks guys.

I have practiced a LOT, worked on as many problem areas as I can, ridden with faster riders (THAT'S not hard since everybody is faster than me), read magazine articles and even taken a couple of MX schools. So at this point I KNOW all of this stuff in my head, I just can't do it. I appreciate the advice though.

As for "just being out there," it's not enough for me. Silly I know but while it is fun, I hate myself if I don't do as well as I think I should. Don't get me wrong, I know I'm not going to win any trophies, but still I know I could do better than I did.

So anyway, it's off to the track to work some more.
 

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Carla, Sometimes bigger is not always faster! My son was so much more confident and faster when he was still riding his kx80. He was fearless! He could jump higher Conner faster pull better wheelies, on the smaller bike. Now he rides a kdx 220 and is riding so much slower. With your size and strength, you could be fearless on an 85 or 100 too!
 

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Hey Sharla- As long as you're having fun, then just coming across the finish line is an accoplishment! You looked like you were having fun the last time I rode with you; remember THAT's the most important thing!
 

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Hey Sharla, at least YOU've been out riding twice already!  I haven't even started my bike up since last October.  :|

I'm struggling through the same thing-- I have yet to finish an enduro out here.  Dave keeps telling me to concentrate more on RIDING, and less on RACING.  I think most of my problem is mental-- I'm expecting too much, and not letting things happen in their own time.
 

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You definitely have nothing to be embarassed about! I know I admire you for just being out there! Don't be discouraged.