Monday, April 27, 2015
BMX Racing is Hard - And so is Practice
Things have changed a bit since the fall of 1991, the date of my last BMX race. One is obvious: my age. Also, the tracks have become much, much more technical, requiring a level of skill that I just didn't need from 1979 until 1991. In those days, I could just muscle my way out of the gate and around most tracks around the country and things were peachy. Even if I was still as strong as I was in those days, I would not be very successful using that old tried and true method.
There are jumps EVERYWHERE. One must time one's efforts precisely, not merely pedal hard.
By 6:35pm, I was on the gate. It was the most natural thing to balance on the gate. It was like I never stopped. When the gate fell, it was a different story. The jumps came out of nowhere. I hardly had time to pedal before running into another jump that wanted to smash my bones and crush my skull. But, no...I didn't let it happen. I was cautious and I lived to ride another day. I became happier with my gate starts, but then my sore arms and muscles told me to stop.
By 7:05pm, that was it. Twelve or thirteen runs around the track is all I have in me.
I will be sore tomorrow.