Old 12-29-18, 05:52 PM
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I feel like the bad guy tempering the enthusiasm.

I think that looking at the times of 40-44 year old masters can be misleading and disheartening to a beginner. 35-39 and 40-44 are (arguably) the fastest age groups for masters racing. Top riders can post times close to some elites.

A rank beginner will post slow times. Period.

When Chris rides his first few flying 200s that will likely be 14-15”, that may disappoint a man expecting to be in the 11-12” range. And he may lose interest.

As one of the top coaches in the US Kirk Whiteman told me, “It takes a trackie four years to become good. Eight years to become great.”

Be careful not to compare yourself to those who habe been riding for a long time. They have already worked out their kinks.
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