Join Date: 02-10-2002
Location: Hoosierland, USA
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Reputation Power: 42
Re: Gautam and track days...
For me, the subject of playing 'catch-up' has been the cause for a lot of introspection.....
Once on the track, the temptation to follow a faster rider can be quickly rationalized as a means to develop ones own skills. The question for me becomes, how to determine how much 'following' is safe and productive, and where does the testosterone take over and begin to cause a problem.
In the past, I have tried to make the distinction by evaluating my own inner dialogue. I try to keep my thinking focused on MY bike, and MY actions...ie, 'okay, I was a little wide there', 'hold the brakes a little longer here', and the like.
If I catch myself analyzing the other rider's actions, such as - 'how did he brake so late there', or how the heck did she flick the bike so quickly' etc....then I recognize that I am probably not on the learning path anymore. If my thought process becomes urgent or impatient, then its a red flag to hit the hot pit lane, let them go and ride my own ride again....
My apologies for the threadjack, I am not implying that Gautamde was playing catch-up. But the subject was broached, and it seemed like an interesting thread to discuss it.....
BTW....I'm not recommending my method, or even endorsing its suitability.....its just what I personally choose to do. As I usually find myself with no shortage of faster riders around me, the opportunity to follow is always there...
CBR929 - VFR800 - VFR800
"There is a grey blur, and a green blur. I try to stay on the grey one..." - Joey Dunlop