ringing bells was pretty good cause i got to have minimal interaction with people. mel took a few races, so i could go to the bathroom and eat some potato salad, but other than that, i was a ringing machine. mike hardaway showed me a pretty good technique so i could get more bang for my buck....all in all, i think the key is having a loose wrist.
so here is the quick and dirty beth's race report--
p/1/2 /3 races. the second points race was definitely the race of the night. i don't know if anyone was really paying attention to the race, but it was a damn good race to watch. i, of course, paid excellent attention, cause i really had to stay on top of the lap cards, which can actually get a bit tricky...especially when some riders lap the field, and then there is another break being between the lapped riders and the main field....you really need to stay on your toes with who is in front and what lap it is on. so, lap card turning isn't necessarily a job for just a cute face with no brains. you really need to stay on it. and stayed on it i did, alright.
well, enough about lap cards, actually to the race. well, basically it was like this. brian peterson is a rockstar. rode really smart and was a pleasure to watch. this was probably my favorite points race to watch. perhaps it was a combination of it being pretty close, and a combination of me paying really, really good attention. i can't give you anymore details, really, cause i didn't really know the other people's names in the race...so sorry about that, but it was sweet. (even though brian didn't have on his white booties, he still looked fast!)
miss n outs are always fun to watch. but wtf was up with mccook's relegation? what was it for? ? i was confused. c'mon....can't take the heat, get out the kitchen... but what do i know? i only ring bells. but i really don't know what it was called for.
women's racing, well, it is funny to not be in your own race. julie nevitt rode a really smart race and unleashed her kickin' sprint at the right times, which gave her a clear victory. hanan took some strong flyers off the front that really turned a bunch of heads. but my head was turned the most none other than someone i share names with!!! how cool is that? beth welliver (is that right? please correct me if i am wrong). this was her first track race. she really nailed down a sweet attack that stuck for a long time and got a huge gap on the field. it was awesome. totally impressive. in the chariot race, hanan may as well have won by a straightaway. some serious, serious top end sprinting in those legs, that i know i am going to watching from behind very, very soon! should be fun!
and i will conclude by saying: sweet attack from the gun, justin, for the start of the 3/4 points race.
oh, i forgot the best part. larry nolan's daughter sung the national anthem to start the night off-- what an amazing, amazing set of pipes she has and a gorgeous voice! real talent. really awesome her to share it with us tonight. it really was a perfect start.
well, that was my night!