We'll the trip didn't start off how I was planning that's for sure! We flew out on the Wednesday and what a surprise I woke up to that morning that's for sure! I woke up thinking hmmm, the stomach doesn't feel to good and then hearing jones downstairs spewing his ring out. We started the drive to Oklahoma with not many words coming out that's for sure trying to hold myself from vomiting! When we got to the airport that was when the fire hose started..... Vomiting in the airport check in, 6 times on a 2 hour flight and once I got to the hotel when we landed. I had fevers, body aches the whole nine yards. We found out that Barry and Caro had got it too and that's the last time I eat Mexican for a very long time! Food poisoning had wrecked me!!!!!
Woke up Thursday to have to try and practise on the track which was a definite struggle. By that stage things weren't getting any better and I forced myself out there. Made it through the track with relative ease but with no energy and punch that's for sure.
Fridays racing came around and i hadn't shaken things off at all as well as I hadn't eaten for over 48 hours as it would just come back out when I ate. I thought I was safe and had stopped vomiting at least till post first moto, where I made a lunge for the toilets again.
Fridays qualifying motos went ok with pulling a 7th in first moto as I didn't get though the pro straight and rolled around and the other 2 motos getting out front and taking the wins. Quarters came around and qualified through with a 3rd place and onto semis. Semis I was the only non Olympian through. I missed the gate and got the squeeze ending my day there not qualifying through to the main.
Day 2 I felt even worse but once again pulled a few ok results in motos with a 6th, 4th and winning my last moto moving onto quarter finals. Gate dropped and I felt strong to the first turn but didn't get the holeshot from upside and got stuck up in second in the first turn and didn't get a decent run in to the pro straight were I was passed by pretty much the whole pack.... Day and weekend done for me!
Racing was interesting that's for sure but did what I could to try and do the best I could out on the track. A very roller coaster weekend with not eating, getting food poisoning and feeling like crap out there all weekend. Grands is the one race I was trying to peak for and as of last week I felt like I was going in to the race in the best physical shape I've been in only to be knocked back down.
Grands was an amazing experience other than the obvious of being crook as a dog and my ridding being average. It also concluded my time in the states racing for 2013 and my last race for not only the 2013 season but like mentioned in my last post, aboard a crupi. Moving forward looking into the 2014 season I know that I will be looking at coming back out here for most of the aba races once again if I can pick up a ride out here next season. My time here has been amazing just like the last with some decent training, ridding, trails, and hanging with a decent crew of dudes out here in California. I can't thank Barry Nobles enough for having my up while I've been here giving me the opportunity to do what I have this tail end of the season.
What's next? I fly home tonight back to New Zealand just in time for another summer and to have a bit of downtime/wind down time with family, friends and my girl. I've decided to skip the race in nerang, Australia now as I will be making the move up to Cambridge mid January to train and aim to get even faster with the support staff at the new cycling centre that is being built. So I will get ready for that now instead of prepping for nerang.
I can't wait to have a few weeks off and enjoy the typical New Zealand summer sun with my buddy's and do some wake boarding, beach/river sessions, bbqs and trying to add some more tricks to my bag other than the stock standard racer tricks at the local trails which I'm pumped about!
As far as a ride is concerned, we will have to wait and see what 2014 opens up for me and if this comes about....