8. You will get hurt

T10 Club Racing

Given the number of people traveling at such high speeds and their closeness during the activity, I was actually surprised how few people got seriously hurt. Let’s not kid ourselves, grave injury or death are always a possibility on the track. Still, it’s relatively rare, thankfully. Regardless, spend enough time on the racetrack, and you will get hurt. My injuries were minimal: bruises, sprained joints, and second-degree burns on my neck and part of my face. (The photo above shows the rubber from the rear tire of the bike that burst into flames after I collided with it.) I also got to be teased by my friends when they came around the track the lap after one crash in the rain to see the EMT on her knees in front of me, prodding my crotch while attempting to ascertain whether my bike’s efforts to penetrate me anally with a footpeg had done any damage.

Of all the minor injuries I suffered, the sprained thumb took the longest to recover because I was constantly using it – including racing the day after the crash. Wearing quality gear and being fit help to minimize injuries, and training helps keep you from burning out in longer races.