I did it!
Too many people to thank. Mike and Steve, thanks for coming down from Kelowna to help in my pit/watch me hyperventilate but finish my first race. All those tips, hope to remember them all Oh, and thanks for the 'accessory' (I'm laughing my a** off as I write this) Mike and for both of you keeping me 'grounded' (and breathing) and laughing at myself.
I owe you both a couple of big drinks (Black Russians with primo Polish vodka comes to mind ).
As far as I was concerned, I was in very privileged company with Mike and Steve. I was trying to do the 'vulcan mind-meld' thing to try and pull all of their experience and talent through osmosis or something like that.... These guys share the same enthusiam for bikes/racing/track days that I've got, but I think they're a bit more subtle about things. Sometimes I'm a bit too high energy for myself...
Thanks to the volunteers/corner marshals because without them (and the WMRC) I would have never realized my dream.
Thanks to the guys at Northshore (Ben, Frank, Henry and the rest of the guys). You guys rock!
Thanks to Scott and everyone at Next Level Superbike School. To have people like yourselves giving back, is phenomenal. I hope someday that I can give back as much or more, than I've received.
Oh and thanks to Russ for passing me a couple of times, the sound of your Aprilia is just music to my ears:-). Okay, so I didn't have a choice in you passing me, but I enjoyed every second of it
There was point in my life years ago that I was a quadriplegic, and was told I wouldn't do much of anything.... Getting fed through a straw sucks (no pun intended). Obviously was fortunate to get over that, and then Type II bends put a kibash on things for a lot of years after that.....
I never stopped believing in myself and now here I am realizing a dream that I've held onto for a long, long time... Mikey, man you kept me alive.... You know what I'm talking about.
I had a HOOT out there. I even dragged a knee a few times (didn't really mean to, it just happened). I wanted to wait for next year to do that....
I've got a bit of a headache because I've been smiling so much my cheek bones are sore
I'm still in a bit of a void, trying to relive this day.
Racing is life!
Now to go and try and sleep...... Maybe I need a beer to wind down...