Sunday was a really good day. I didn't ride much, but I was on a bike.
And around bike people.
You see, I decided to spend my Sunday volunteering to help out with a clinic for the 2017 Charlotte Winter Short Track Series. It's a race I've done many times in the past, and it's also the very first local race I ever attended when I first moved here. It's lots of fun to do, but this time around I decided to give back and share some of my "racing knowledge."
I know, I know, I don't race it anymore. And no, I didn't teach a clinic about heckling (although I could have.) It was a beginner's clinic, designed to get more people interested in the series and maybe get some of them that are undecided a push in the right direction to give it a shot.
The turnout was pretty awesome.
There were men, women, children, and I think I even saw a couple of dogs (they didn't bring bikes.) Some were beginners, others were folks that were returning to short track racing after a long hiatus. Some were just there to pick up a few pointers. We broke up into several groups and the clinic-goers rotated between stations that covered race start/prep, cornering, passing, and trail vision.
I (along with two other "experienced" racers) took the race start/prep group and ran with it. It felt weird being up in front of people as a so-called "expert", so I was a little uncomfortable at first. But in reality, I've never forgotten what it was like to be a beginner and I was able to share that with the group quite easily. Everyone seemed very receptive, and they were having a good time while learning a thing or two.
Once the everyone filtered through our group, I ended up on the trail riding with one of the other ones. I didn't log much distance that day, but I was on my bike on an unseasonably warm winter day and having a great time. It felt good to give back too. Maybe I should do that more often and quit being such an asshole that's trying to be what's wrong with this sport.
I kid. You know me. I dig this shit.
Tune in tomorrow for what might be a ride report.
Yes, I said tomorrow. Trying to keep this thing going again, you know.