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  2. I signed up for the 3 day camp. So excited...
  3. Let's see.... I've always wanted to ride Laguna Seca I contemplated a camp for 2020 ......hmmm
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  5. Hello All, I am new to the forum, but not entirely new to CSS. I bought my first street bike in 2017 (GSXS 750Z), and quickly decided that I only wanted to ride where I could safely experience speed and turns without worrying about traffic, tickets, or insurance rates. I switched to track-only riding and was lucky enough to cornerwork for CSS at The Ridge in 2018. After that, I jumped at the opportunity to cornerwork in 2019 and again this year, 2020. I have read Keith's books 'Soft Science,' 'TOTW,' and am finishing up my second read of 'TOTW II.' This material has helped me with my riding this season and I am excited to be taking the level 1 class in August! Jantzen
  6. Thanks for the tips! I will try it out this weekend. I know that one of my issues is that I feel lower at speed on the bike than reality. It is something I have been trying to work on with the bike stationary on stands. I will try the index and thumb trick and try to get that transitioning feel worked out. And we'll see how it goes with re-thinking lines, especially on the back section. I am definitely still trying to figure out Sunset as it has a fairly large bump running what I would consider the "ideal" line. Same with T2 and trying to figure out the line in view of the concrete patch.
  7. Hi Apollo Part one "screwdriver hand". Try transitioning to lower body positions when your bike is on stands. Position your hand on the grip in a normal position during turn entry, only snugging up the index finger and thumb all other fingers completely loose. As your upper body drops in keep your wrist straight with your forearm/elbow and relaxed. Screwdriver hand will happen automatically if you relax and let it. Once you get that part down and want to apply it on track, you will be finding new positions that you prefer on the grip, usually a little closer to the end. That's the part needs to be worked into the sequence of things to do. I usually re-position my hand between rolling off the throttle and finishing my braking, depending on the type of turn and the speeds involved. Part two Buttonwillow First of all, I have only ridden at Buttonwillow a couple times. I watched the video and it looks like you are getting around there pretty well. I agree that you need to figure out a line for the Sweeper and the Esses. I would recommend starting by looking at the track map (believe you are running config Race #13) and penciling in some RPs to figure what you know and what you need to find out.When you are looking at the map, you should notice the first Ess is more offset/tighter than the others (look at it with a straight edge), use this to help decide when you can get pinned on what line. Getting this figured out will give you a turn in area for the Esses and will help you choose a better line through the sweeper and will know where your next RP is. Also decide where you want the TP to be for the last left out of the Esses, choose one that will let you use all of track when you are on the gas. Sunset is another turn you can improve your time. Watch the video again and think about what would change if you used a later apex. Cheers
  8. Resistance bands are good too, and a cheap option.
  9. Planning to be there on Tuesday but a little curious to know what is going to happen with this hurricane and how it might affect things....
  10. https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=thighmaster&ref=nb_sb_noss_1
  11. thigh master type resistance work is good. There's also good exercises here: https://weighttraining.guide/tag/pectineus/ as well as https://barbend.com/adductor-exercises-for-strength/ and the Strong Curves program by Brett Contreras, while directed towards women, has a strong focus on glutes and legs and I use elements of that as I can. My biggest issue is consistency, it's so easy to stop doing it for way too long.
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  13. You could probably squeeze an exercise ball between your knees.
  14. Yakaru, that does look like good stretching and I'm doing more in general. Do you do anything for strength, that's another part and one I'm also curious about.
  15. I was thinking of the horsey thing to be honest, but not in my regular program. And yes, Stuman did have a Thighmaster...not sure if those are still around...maybe some old decroded one in a basement somewhere?
  16. On the flipside from strength is flexability and fascia treatment, you don't want to be 'yoga stretching' as Lyle puts it but this still helps keep everything loose and relaxed. Here's my favorite pre/post track prep:
  17. Definitely a mint condition NSR250/RS250R GP bike. Ultimate lightweight track toy.
  18. Riding horses. I remember someone getting a ThighMaster, was that Stuman?
  19. Thanks Cobie! Sure will! See you then! Best, Dan
  20. When holding onto the bike while hanging off, the inner thigh muscles come into play. Over the years I've tried a few things, but recently remembered a dance exercise we were exposed to in gymnastics: facing the bar, sweep the leg from left to right in front of you. This seems to work the inner thigh, but curious if anyone else has tried (or other exercises) to help strengthen the inner thighs.
  21. Hi DJ, Great! Come say hello in the am, very nice to meet some forum members at the track :). Best, Cobie
  22. Ah, thank you for explaining. The tendency to stand up was very noticeable, I had to use quite a bit of constant force to keep the bike leaned over. Now, if I let go of the bars, the bike will take a little tighter line than the planned trajectory, but quite minutely so. It was reasonably neutral with the Michelin fronts effort-wise, but with the soft front it was difficult to keep a smooth line around corners, the bike seemed to constantly vary lean and trajectory and the bike had to be constantly but gently guided. If that makes any sense. Regarding profile; the Bridgestone had worn rather pointy, with little wear in the center, roughly inch wide, but with the majority of wear on both sides of center, making the tire shape somewhat triangulated until it again got rounded closer to the edges. The Michelins had much more even wear, I only have picture of the profile of the narrow one. The Maxxis appear to have a quite large, flattish section on the center, as seen in my earlier post.
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