I spent this past weekend testing in Brainerd, Minn, with Greg and Jimmy Underdahl. On Friday, I was able to make five passes which is the most runs I have made on a bike in a long time in a single day. On the first run, the bike came off the line and immediately started taking me to the left. We started moving the axle, and by the end of the day it was working perfectly and the feeling was absolutely amazing. The bike was leaving the line, and I didn’t have to make any sort of correction. Looking back, I feel like we took a huge step in the right direction.
On the fifth pass we had a line come off of the air shifter, and when that happened, it bent a shift fork in the transmission. We didn’t realize what had happened until the following day so I was only able to make two more runs. A bent shift fork is not a huge deal, and it isn’t too expensive to fix however, Greg said if we kept riding, it could turn into a bigger problem, so we decided we better quit running the bike for the weekend.
All in all it was a pretty amazing time in Brainerd. Greg and Jimmy are pretty great to work with at the track. Not only did they help me get my bike sorted out, but they taught me a ton about riding and being fluid on the bike. They are super patient and made sure they explained what they were doing to the bike and why. That was pretty huge for me, I am on my way home now with my head spinning with new information. I love it!
I also had the opportunity to spend some time with Greg’s wife, Tina, and Jimmy’s wife, Kelly. Tina and Kelly are really great people; they made me feel right at home with them. We only tested on Friday and Saturday, so I spent Sunday at Greg and Tina’s house. I did a little bit of work on my trailer, and then Tina asked me if I wanted to go ride horses with them. That was a lot of fun; I haven’t ridden horses in years.
Now I am headed home, and back to the real world. My Tough Girl Designs graphics business has been really busy, which is amazing. However, it keeps me occupied, and helps me learn more about running a successful business. I am also looking to get back on the track at the upcoming O’Reilly Route 66 Nationals in Joliet. Jimmy Underdaul and I have worked out a deal, that he will help me with my bike if I do go. My dad already told me that he is too busy with work to go racing right now. I feel bad that Jimmy isn’t out racing right now, but I feel fortunate that I have had the opportunity to work with him and his dad. Hopefully this turns into something good because I think we have a lot of potential as teammates.
I also have to give a very special Happy Birthday to one of my best friends in the world, Arielle. It's always a tough part of racing traveling and missing out on special occasions, but I am fortunate to have amazing friends who understand. Arielle is one of those amazing friends, so Happy 21st Birthday Ari!