Why does every race make me and the DS more and more nervous? Aren’t you supposed to get more chill as the season rolls along?
Maybe our near-nausea at the starting line had to do with our desire for redemption from Sherwood. Maybe it had to do with trying to sell a house in the Worst Market Ever. Maybe we were just excited!
Whatever the case, we bundled up the kids for what I think will be the last dry race of the year and headed to the races. The sky was clear, the moon was out, and we had a great night. The DS had a perfectly clean race with no mechanicals or crashes (!).
She said that last night’s race was probably her most enjoyable yet. This is music to my ears! Happy DS = happy racer. We are anxiously awaiting her results, but they aren’t up yet.
She is having a great first season and having a spouse race makes the whole experience more of a community/family event instead of something that I go, enjoy, then return home from.
My race went well as well. I narrowly avoided the 100% predictable pileup on turn #1 and the not quite as predictable pileup going onto the gravel road. The simple act of not crashing left me within the top 3 midway through lap 1.
I eventually picked off 1st place and enjoyed a fleeting lap of glory before I myself was picked off by a couple of guys. I think I was sitting in 3rd going into the last lap when I dropped my chain just before the runup. This happened in the same spot on the last lap last week as well! Argh! I quickly put it back on but not before being passed by an unknown number of racers.
I was pretty frustrated with my luck and I tried to turn that into a little bit of go-go-motivation. I regained a spot or two, and made it up to the wheel of one more guy right as we crossed the finish. Even with the chain thing it was a good fun race overall. I’m a happy camper.
Candi is being pretty trigger-happy these days with the upgrade hammer. She went and upgraded everyone in Cat. B with more Blind Date points than me to Cat. A, so I found myself in the series lead. I’m not sure if I should be excited or horrified. What if I’m next on her list? Truth be told, I hope to stay a B all season long. I really want to get a top 3 or even a win in a Crusade race. I’ve yet to get better than 8th this year at The Big Show. If I get upgraded I guess I’ll just have to man up, but I’ll be bummed to never reach that goal (if its even possible).