What activity, task, or game most brings out your competitive streak?
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It’s safe to say racing brings out my competitive streak and that’s why, for the first time since the early 2000’s, I’m the proud owner of a dirt bike! Actually, two 2005 Yamaha YZ 125s, and I could not be more excited because, when I think back to the bikes I’ve “owned” in the past, I had the most fun on the YZ125…
So, more than 10 years and two degrees later, I’ve never been more ready for some seat time on a motorcycle – mostly because I have health insurance!
What I love most about riding dirt bikes is that not everyone can do it. Of course, some people think all we do is hold on, but a successful racer knows better. It took me a long time to get where I used to be, and I know it’s going to take me a good amount of time to get back there. Hopefully, I’ll be winning the A class again, but I know it won’t be easy. That’s what I remember the most about my childhood racing: the challenge. I remember the bad: miles of sugar sand, crash after crash, doubting that I would ever reach the finish line. But I also remember the best parts: coming through the chicane and seeing my fans clapping and cheering, watching the girl in front of me make a mistake and wave me by, or never seeing anyone in my class ahead of me. I was not good at first and I was never most likely to win. But I loved racing. Still do. And I can’t wait to get back out there and push myself to the limit. It’s interesting, actually. I was talking to someone over the weekend about racing and why we look forward to punishing ourselves for two hours on a rutted, whooped out course. “It’s so we can feel something,” I said.