Monday October 4th, 2010
Racing and Life- Not So Different
I have to say, Oh what a whirlwind of uncertainty my life has been over the last few months. In my last post, I talked about how I would be attempting a land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats for this really awesome team, but unfortunately things didn’t work out as we thought they would. Just short of a month before the event I was told that what I had been so ecstatic about since February would not be happening because of “confusion” in communication. I had put off many other projects including filming a very cool TV show just to get ready for the Salt Flats. At this point, I had a practice bike, brand new custom leathers, hotel reservations, time off from work and an attitude of a racer who is ready for anything. With all this going on, the only thing I could think of was - it’s racing, anything can happen.

Having to deal with let downs and losses in racing is something you learn to cope with although - yes it can be very hard. Racing is a true passion, so when it doesn’t work out it often leaves you feeling like you have a broken heart. I’m not trying to be dramatic but if you are an avid racer, you understand where I am coming from. When this kind of thing happens you have to thank the people who gave you the offer in the first place and realize that sometimes it just doesn’t work out. As for me, I am ready for my next opportunity; The Maxton Mile.

Since we already have the bike, my father (crew chief, mechanic, biggest fan etc.) came up with the idea to try our hand at an east coast land speed title and then from there head on out to Bonneville. So, the last couple of months we have been preparing the bike for the Maxton Mile at the end of this month in North Carolina. The Maxton Mile is an old air force air strip that was resurfaced and transformed into a perfect place to race. If any of you are near North Carolina I encourage you to come out on race weekend and show your support! We would be thrilled since it has been a tough few months. I’ve got some great friends and sponsors that are lending a hand to make this happen which I could not be more thankful for. This month, I hope to write about my experiences training for a land speed record and of course my time out at the mile so check back often!

As most of you know, I am a full time college student as well and recently switched into the pre-med program. I obviously am now so busy that its hard to keep up with everything but am also very proud of myself. Once I finish pre-med/med school I hope to work for either the Asterisk Medical Team or work for Dr. Costa’s crew on the MotoGP Circuit. Medicine has started to become another passion of mine (maybe its because I’ve been hurt so much from racing?).

Whether it be loosing a ride or failing an exam in college one thing I do know is that as long as you have the confidence to pick yourself back up and go for it again, you can accomplish anything. Just remember life is like racing- anything can happen!

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Jessica "Motogirl" Lee is a 28 year old motocross racer and journalist. Born into a family of motorcycle enthusiasts and industry insiders, she has been riding and nurturing a passion for motorcycles from the age of four.



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