Waited and waited. Standing water. Drizzle...
Finally got the go-ahead around noon, our group called, told to stand next to the bike and await instructions.
Jumped on the bike, started it up, and meandered toward the starting point. No mirrors, no idea if I'm alone or others are showing up. Don't matter, I'm goin'...
The rest show up.
Sighting lap. Very slow putting around the corners, following the lines of one of the instructors. Pull back into the pit, meet the instructor assigned to me and two others, and I'm first to go.
I'm ready...turn two is an interesting right hand turn at the top of the hill. This exercise is throttle control, so no brakes, no shifting once you are in 4th gear. Backend steps out a bit with a little throttle. :wtf
I slow it down. Sharp right at the cones. Cones are damned hard to see, as they're amber, and my face shield is amber, so they look white...just like the rain drizzle that's come back up. Wipe shield, see again. At the chicane, it's not apparent where the track goes, as I forgot the sighting lap path. Oops, through the cones. This isn't gonna be good...fully expect to see the black flag pointed at me.
Loop around again, no error on turn two, but I can't see. So much for Rain-X, as I'm not going fast enough to push the rain off, even if I turn my head. Squeegie on the thumb seam helps a bit, but it smears, too. Plus, even though the anti-fog spray was used, it's not working well. Round another corner, remember the funny colors for cones, and go around the right portion of the track. But, I can't see squat to feel safe enough, I've been black-flagged (which means get off the track for immediate "discussion"), so I'm raising my hand and heading for the pits. Different face shield in mind, now. Only, the course is being red-flagged at the starting point. Appears that I'm not the only one that short-circuited the chicane. Everybody gets the lecture. Sends them off. Tells me I cut through the cones, but had black-flagged me before realizing half the track was doing it.
Went back to the car for the yellow shield to replace the amber one, but even as freshly treated as it was (rain-x outside, anti-fog inside), it wasn't clear either. :banghead
Found the instructor and asked if I had time to go back out. "Nope, they're all coming in, it's becoming unsafe again".
Damn...two laps, none of which were very pleasant.
Friend of mine, Pat, came in as well for the school tomorrow, and snapped some shots on my first go-'round. Will post them when they're out of her camera. She's the one getting a drink of water at the watering table in the attachments.
Car was dry when I first got to the track and unloaded it. High hopes dashed...but, there's tomorrow, and Keith Code, when announcing that they weren't going to continue with the classes due to the weather, offered another day in the future at any track they were scheduled at. Depending on how tomorrow goes, I'll head back to Sears Point (that track can kick your butt) or see if there's a third one that piques my interest (been to Laguna Seca).
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