Last night I got talked into going up to Rehbein’s BMX Arena (aka The Barn) to ride on the BMX track. Apparently not having a bike, helmet, or money isn’t an issue or excuse. It was much more difficult and intimidating than I expected. I went up there last weekend to just watch and see what it is all about. It’s mostly kids, so I thought if they could do it, I could do it too, right? Katrina and (dis)pencer loaned me a BMX bike, fully loaded with Spokey Dokes and a seat that was much too high, but beggars can’t be choosers. I figured if a kid made fun of my Spokey Dokes I would just tell him/her that no one likes them.
I lined up to the gate and the first thing I noticed is that the track is a lot steeper than I thought it was. The gate went down and off I went, eating the dust of children. I was really awkward on my bike since I haven’t ridden a BMX bike since I was a kid, and it really didn’t fit. I went up and down the hills, went around the burms (banked corners) and finished out of breath. The second burm was the hardest part of the course since it is a clock-wise turn which felt really strange to me.
For the first hour I was really frustrated and discouraged and ready to quit. Thankfully Tim, Dan-O, The Little Guy and Fil were really encouraging, gave me helpful pointers and cheered me on throughout. Most importantly they made me keep going around and not give up.
When I finally hit the second burm smoothly I knew I was improving and actually wanted to keep going! I had a big smile on my face and only stopped once to get a corn dog. I kept saying “one more time and I’m done,” but I kept lining up to go again. Towards the end I even started to get some air off the hills and beat a kid to the finish (I’m a bully, I know).
My goal now is to get my own bike, race and smoke Super Rookie. Really I don’t even care if I get last, I’m just proud that I went out there, didn’t give up, and improved as much as I did in the course of an hour. While it was a lot harder than I thought it would be, it is also a lot more fun!