Well, my last track day of the year did not go as planned. I ended up crashing on my third lap of the day, because of some small stupid mistakes that added up and caused me to run wide after the kink before turn 7.
My first mistake was thinking I was going to start working on my goals in the first session of the day. I have been told that the first session is a throw away, because I am trying to pick up where I left off on the last track day.
My second mistake was trying to take to big of a bite out of the goal I was working on. (progress to quickly) I should have been taking baby steps to my goal or at least make some progress in the right direction. Instead I crashed, lost valuable track time, and implanted another fear in the back of my mind. Essentially I took another step, just in the wrong direction.
My third mistake was frustration. First session of the day, someone crashed on the first lap. I think some of this frustration stemmed from being eager to work on the goals I had set for myself. A slower rider in front of me presents an opportunity to concentrate on my lines and form, it should not cause me to get frustrated.
My fourth mistake and something that would have possibly kept me from crashing, was taking the turn when it was time, instead I panicking because of the higher speed and target fixating on my turn in point with no plan afterwards.(I had a plan, I just forgot, brain fart) Two things here, look where you want to go up track, and turn when it comes time to turn. A low side probably would have had a better outcome, than running off.
This incident was totally unnecessary and unprofessional, and a number of things could have ended up worse off, but I am OK, other than a bust middle finger and a sprained index finger. The big thing is that I know what I did. Taking knowledge away from an incident like this is way better than pointing fingers or not confessing to one’s own faults.