There isn't much glory in finishing near the back and getting lapped, but I do learn a lot from the faster racers when that happens. And if you think watching them from the stands (Or better yet, while cornerworking!) is exciting, imagine the view from the track when they're just a few inches away! While I'm still optimistic about lowering my lap times and finishing better, I'll never get on the podium with this bike; that's for the next bike, and most likely, with a much better rider.
Which means that, yes, I should be working on the racer instead of hypothetical engine models. Crash damage needs to be repaired, and that new rear suspension system still needs finishing and installation. I'm still hoping to have it done before the end of the 2015 racing season. But my biggest source of enthusiasm and motivation is the next racer; this racer has given me the confidence to make it worth the time, trouble, and expense. In the mean time, the door that leads from my desk to the shed has been upgraded to lower my house exit times by at least .2 seconds. No chatter problems, either.
I'm very happy to report that my foot is healing rapidly. The big goofy post-op boot has been off since early November. The crutches haven't been touched since the Christmas holidays. The cane only gets used on evenings of rougher days and to help make a point while yelling at kids to get off my lawn. I'm just left wondering if my right foot will still need a racing boot that's 3 sizes larger than my left foot. Either way, it would be a shame not to find out this year...
Top photo: Jim Browning, Rocky Mtn Photos