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Sep. 3rd, 2006 08:08 pm
volksdragon: (Autocross)
So, yeah. Not so much with the winning today. Darnit.
volksdragon: (Workout)
...into the Wild Blue Yonder, Literally.

I had been a little nervous earlier this week, thinking about having to climb Mt. Washington again. After all, I'm 10 years older, and in no kind of the shape I was before.

Of course, I'd forgotten something, two somethings, and a friend reminded me of one of them recently. He said to me, "I always believed you could do anything you wanted just through sheer force of your will."

I'd also forgotten that, I'm Me, and I can do anything I put my mind to.

See you after we climb Mt. Washington. Back Monday night.
volksdragon: (Autocross)
This past Sunday (the hottest day of the year) was New England Region's 5th points event of the year. I've driven every points event so far, as I'm hotly in contention for the STS class championship. Along with my Co-Driver, we've ended up usually first or second, and always top-3, with me coming out on top. We're driving a well-prepared 1993 Honda Civic SI, one of the best in STS in the country. The car's owner is one of the fastest ST class drivers (and CM drivers this year) that I've ever seen, definitely top-5 fastest in our region, and Nationally competitive. I'm sure it's killed him to see his car driven so below its normal level this year. I've been having some issues coming to grip with this car. It's DAMN fast, corners like no other Auto-X car I've driven (I'm sure the Viper pulled more G on the skidpad, but it might be close, the Datalogger on this thing recorded 1.13G already, and I know it'll do more), accelerates great thanks to the modified intake and massaged head, and stops FAST thanks to nice new Hawk brake pads. The Konis are amazing, and this is all being done on Falken ST-615s, no Kumho or Hoosiers here.

Solo2 talk under here )
volksdragon: (Autocross)
RAINED all day, 11 hours straight of regular rain to downpour rain, and I'm not exaggerating.
I drove not up to my regular rain skill. Spun the car twice. Got pissed. Got calmed down. Pulled out an 8th place time for the first day on my last run.

Pleased I set a time, not pleased overall how I drove. Oh well. There's tomorrow to beat everyone by 1 second.
volksdragon: (ME)
(apologies to [livejournal.com profile] nrubenstein, he's already seen this!)

I had a rather odd experience yesterday. Someone recognized me as being a "driver" in a race setting. I went to Race-a-Rama yesterday, and we hung out for a while, looking stuff over. As we were walking out, I was behind some guy I didn't recognize at all, but he turned to look at me, and said "Hi." Being friendly, I said HI back, and he said, "Are you a driver?"
"uh, yeah, I drive in the NER Auto-X group in SCCA. "Yeah, I've seen you before. Nice to meet you."

Heh. Either it was an amazing spin-out I had, or, I dunno... Strange. Not bad, but not what I'm used to. :)
volksdragon: (Workout)
I just (mostly) jokingly promised someone that I wouldn't do anything to plan our yearly ski trip, and she seemed genuinely happy to hear that.

I feel that I have a lot of ski-place knowledge, more than some of the other trip members, and am doing a service by guiding them to suitable and fun locations for the entire group. We've had some "discussions" about that on previous trips.

Am I took forceful in trying to steer these trips somewhere that's more likely to be exciting/fun/etc, or am I just forcing people out of their comfort zones for the satisfaction of my own goals?


[Some of the people involved are on this journal. That's fine. I'm interested in seeing what you have to say as well. And I reserve the right, if we end up skiing somewhere SUCKY, to say I TOLD YOU SO. :)]

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