Last night was another night @ the DLV. Things are starting to come around, but I’m still not where I want to be. I’ve got a few obsticles in my way, but am working though those. I saw some progress tonight – which is good!
The night started with a 5 lap scratch to seed the “Wheel Race”. Having no deisire to ride in the wheel – I had little motivation in this. The problem with a 5 lap scratch is that it’s so short, you cant wear anybody out – and if you don’t ride aggressively, everybody sits around and rides slow. Last night, a guy took off for 2 laps… which was nice as that is ussually me. From there, everybody just watched each other… I kept the pace moving and with 1.5 to go gave it an 80 % effort. I was happy to not finish last – about all I was trying for.
The “Unknown Distance”. It’s unknown. Everybody wanted to save it for the end, so 3 times I punched got a gap, led for a lap or more…. and got sucked back in. When the bell rang, I was recovering from a punch and had nothing – SUCK!
Points race 1. I thought I had more than I did. After the first sprint (which I grabbed a point in) I saw a guy up the track. I thought I could catch him. I did. I thought I could gap the field. I didn’t. Right after the chase, the bell rang… had NOTHING… spent a few laps playing chase and sprint. Didn’t work out – I got 5th. We lapped a lot of people.
Points race 2. I was certainly not recovered from the first one. I had a lot of issues and was wishing I had a bigger gear. I couldn’t see straight, it hurt. After 6 or so laps – I “threw in the towel” but then got mad at myself for doing so. I never left the track, I sat up – got back on the end of the field and finished in the field. Yeah, a lap down, but I fought it out. On the 5 to go sprint, I was cracking. Steve Hill said “Come on Scott”. He was on my wheel – I knew if I pop’d he would get gapped and thats not nice. I dug in, stayed in the field and finished it off. A good effort.
All in all – a fun night. Good racing – nice weather. No “spats”. I earned a point – my first of the year. Progress.