Once again I blunder into something slightly beyond my comfort zone….the symptoms are hot flush, anxiety and night terrors, and later tonight I plan to treat them with some very loud heavy metal. While advancing age and hormonal confusion may have something to do with it, mainly it’s just ineptitude – an email arrived from the ringjunkies, proclaiming a great deal from Martin Hopp, and I need some R & R at the moment, so I checked the date, rang up, gave my credit card details and booked myself onto the Better Riding day. Then I read the email properly. I thought I was booking the much-recommended Advanced Machine Skills day, to improve my slow speed riding and confidence. What I’ve actually booked is a track day.
I have been round Cadwell Park once before – in 1996, with cix_bikers, two days after passing my test. Not so much difference between a Kawasaki KH100 and a Cadbury Yamaha race bike, when you think about it. And looking on the bright side, it only took about a week to relax again afterwards.
And Martin’s website says lots of reassuring things about being good for novices, the nervous, and those who “have been to a track day and came away frightened”. One day I’m going to find an activity in which anxiety and stress are advantages, because then I’m going to bloody excel.