It’s gonna be a different kind of ride… but one worth taking.
A letter we received from one, Paul Satterlee.
With his permission, we felt it only fitting that it serve as a guest post.
“John et al,
Thank you very much for putting this project together for the rest of us to experience.
I watched all 5 episodes one night in bed after the rest of the family had gone to sleep. Ipad on, headphones on, everyone else asleep.
I really hope to see more. I am especially interested in the mix of life, work and racing.
My story is getting better as the year goes on. I am a 41 year old guy with a great wife, a keen interest in sport bikes and now, our 3rd child. I tell people, my wife wants 4 children, I want 2 and we are are going to compromise at 4.
Our children, ages 6,5 and 10 months have changed our life. Up until I was 35, I only really had to worry about myself and then our marriage, but could do what I wanted. Children has changed that, but I have finally come to realize that I still need a hobby. I still need to spend a little time doing something that opens up my spirit.
The second thing that had restricted that was my career. I spent the first 27 years of my life in school and at age 28 became a board certified emergency room physician. I have worked 50 or more hours a week, holidays, weekends, and nights for 13 years now. It is a great career. It is rewarding, it is interesting, it helps with maintaining a balanced life perspective. It offers the financial means to do a lot, but the time commitment has affected friendships, family relationships and, I am realizing now, personal happiness.
For years I told myself “I don’t really have a hobby,” but I wished I did. I have motorcycles and ride them to work, but nothing that stuck in my brain when I went to bed and greeted my thoughts when I woke up. I tried guitar lessons but that was a chore. I tried buying and maintaining an older motorcycle but found riding a 30 year old bike is not nearly as fun as a new Ducati 848.
So this year, I signed up for a track day through the local Ducati dealer and now I think I have found that thing that I want to make time for. I am doing track days locally, asking for days off work to make room for more track time and looking to do some schools in a different state this winter where there is no snow. I am going to try a few more track days and then may try to get my racing certificate. I have no thoughts of winning, only of competing and being in the middle of it all.
Funny thing, I used to ask people ” if you could do whatever you want as a career what would it be? Let’s say that you didn’t have to worry about making money to pay for mortgages, car insurance, tuition etc. Just do what you want to do purely because you could do it as a job”
When they answered and then asked me what I would do, I always said” Race motorcycles”. I answered in a way that spoke of a person who was thinking about the past and missed opportunities, not as a real possibility in my life. This summer, with the help of your project, I see being a motorcycle racing as hobby I could realistically do.
So, thanks for the inspiration. I am working on my new hobby and I am a better Dad and husband since I have figured out it is OK to make time for yourself. Your family will understand, your job will just have to deal and your spirit will thank you.
Thanks for the words, Paul… they were inspiring to say the least.
More CCRacer to come folks, stay tuned.
Well… here we go folks, our final episode of the season.
This also happens to be our favorite episode to date, and as always we sincerely hope you enjoy.
It has truly been a pleasure.
We hope to see you all sooner rather than later.
All the best,
Your friends at CCRacer.com
In this, our penultimate episode of “Chronicles of a Club Racer”, I travel to Las Vegas to meet up with one of my dearest friends and get introduced to a side of the two wheeled world that I’ve often written off as, well… a little sad. However, as with most things there are many sides to virtually every passion.
We hope you enjoy this little jaunt away from the racing world, and we hope that as our story continues we find ourselves able to step away from the racetrack more often to engage the many other sides of this little journey.
All the best,
Your friends at CCRacer.com
Here we go… Episode 3 of CCRacer.
More to come.
Hope you enjoy!