Saturday, February 23, 2008

Racing

My name is Terry and although I no longer race enduros and hare scrambles, I still trail ride whenever my body allows me to. I was diagnosed with Rhuematoid Arthritis in 2004. One of the things I have learned is to take the good days when you get them and more importantly do not fight the bad days. As I have gotten older I have learned the following:
1) family is more important that any trophy
2) never pass up a porta potty before a race starts
3) you will meet some of the best prople and make true friendships that will extend way beyond your racing days
4) the uglier, more hideous the trophy, the more you want to win it
With that said, here is a quick recap of 12 years of my life that I raced.

First race: 1977 John Zink Ranch
Trophies won: 47
Broken bones: 14
Favorite bone to break:tie between right ankle (broken twice 1" apart) and collar bone (broke left and right side)
Worst race: Lawrence KS 1985 - drove 340 miles to race to the first check (about 6 miles) where the County Sherriff shut the race down due to lack of a permit by the club to use approx 100 yards of a county dirt road to get to the other side of the trail.
Best race: John Zink 1988 spring race- I won the overall.
National Events ridden: 7
Number of states raced in: 8
Coolest thing witnessed: IFMA freestyle event or ISDE in 94 at John Zink Ranch.

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