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Join Date: Nov 2008
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Assuming your starting in Novice with STT, just go in with an open mind. I don't know your riding experience, but the guys in novice that have the most issues are the guys that go out thinking they know all because they have ridden street for 5+ and feel like the drills and coaching is useless. STT has a great Novice program,
Feel free to pick your instructors brain for their knowledge on everything from body position, lines, markers, etc. They are all very helpful, and willing to work with you.
Also, the 7-10 days beforehand, drink a lot of water and get a lot of sleep. Your body will need it. You will be drenched in sweat, and just drinking a bottle of water the morning of won't replenish what you lose.
Wear sunscreen, even if you have a canopy. Your neck will be raw from sunburn and rubbing on your suit if you don't, and it gets painful. Another little tip which some guys don't like to do, but I love, is to get out of your suit as soon as your session is done. No point in sitting in hot, sticky gear. Let your legs cool off, take your boots off, relax. You have 40 minutes until your next session, and it only takes 10 minutes to gear up, so take that half hour and cool down. Also, bring a couple pair of socks. Personally, I wear knee high socks to avoid chaffing, but I swap out socks at least 3-4 times to keep my feet from getting swamping.
Final note, this is your first day of what will become many track days. No point in wadding up your bike at the end of the day because your tired or trying to win the track day. You will be surprised at how much it'll take out of you, and once you start getting fatigued, mentally and physically, don't hesitate to pull off for a session, or part of one. Heck, I have skipped the last session of the weekend due to being tired.
The only trophy you get from a track day is going home with a shiny bike ready for the next track day.
"Logically, any motorcyclist can do 60* of lean. The trick is coming back up again." - Neal Spalding