Well.... I now know why they do the try days at DISC.... but more on that in a minute - a little reportage first.
Not sure what possessed me to go to this - boredom, novelty, brain damage. I say this because I have had no inkling of interest in track for...forever. Tried crits once and...meh. Maybe again at some point, but the going in circles didn't do much for me; so, really, I guess I saw track as an extension of the going in circles...just tighter ones!
I'm not a sprinter strong type. Also, as previously posted, I was a fixie virgin, and not sure how I'd feel having my first go riding brakeless on what looked to this newbie like a very intimidating WALL of an angle...
Anyway, rode down to DISC this morning, thinking at least I was getting in some recovery after a little XC (foot) racing yesterday. This was my first mistake. Dead legs in need of recovery were expecting twirling around in fear mode at low speeds on the track.... Um, noooooooo. We did some whistle sprints, and my legs were like jelly, so it was hard to feel like I was getting any good power out of them. Initial set up of my seat had to be altered, as they kept telling me I was arching my back too much when out of the saddle - but this was mainly due to the fact that I was hitting my crotch on the nose of the seat! I'm sure some of my fatigue was also contributing to poor form; my muscle balance is pretty off with my stuffed up biomechanics, and I can really notice it when I try to get any power out of my lower half. Anyhoo....
It was ok. And more and more ok with each passing lap and activity. And then at the end they took us up the WALL - called it something like the Big Dipper? - but essentially climbing over three laps then sprinting down and along the black line.
Top of the track...This. Was. Awesome.
I was lucky enough to end up with one trainer all to myself, and got to have three goes at this. Again, wish my legs were fresher to really push it more, but still enormous fun! Initial reaction at the top of the wall was just 'Farrrrk yeah!!'
I can see how crap my technique and form is, and would've been sooooo much better clipped in, but still, overall synopsis of the experience and feeling was rockstar...
Now, about that initial comment re: trying at DISC - I like the boards. I'm not sure how keen I am for a concrete track
So they get you hooked (it is ADDICTIVE) there, but then you're off elsewhere depending on the club you join. Anyway, will be looking at whether I'd like to give this a bit more of a serious try, although my schedule/time and other obligations make it not immediately practical.
Huge kudos to those who ran the sessions - practical and well suited to trying it out. I'd definitely encourage others to give it a whirl.
The slog home into that headwind almost cancelled out the exhilaration ... Almost