all i got to say is, get some 1 on 1 time w/ an instructor...can turn a mediocre track weekend into a total blast. this is only my 3rd year and all i'm doin is learnin...slowly, as time/budget allows, but here are some of my observations
i'm runnin in the int group now and have ridden w/ 4 different track orgs, multiple regions...they all do things a little different but there is one common element that makes all the difference...coaches, use them, get to know them, check in w/ them when u'r working on something specific (which should be most of the time imho)
>step 1, do what you're doin...
>next thing, hook up w/ an instructor for verbal review b4 each sesion to have a plan and after each session for a review...even if it's not a 'class' environment, just walk up shake hands...let 'em get a look at your leathers and talk to them
>even if a coach is not workin w/ u for a whole session, u'd be amazed at what the observe and pass on in prep for the next time out
>don't sweat gettin buzzed....it's gonna happen, might as well get used to it and learn how to relax, stay on your line and don't do anything sudden...the folks passing you are watching and hopin that u just stay steady
>if u do this, u'll meet more instructors and the next u thing u know, u'll have several coaches offering constructive criticism/coaching when u pit out
>pay attention to where u grid, if u'r wanting more speed, again, get w/ an instructor and grid up front...if u'r ready to move up a level, they'll check u out...and u'll have to handle passin folks properly when u do hit traffic
> lastly, communicate to the coaches how u'r feeling about the day...if u think u'r being held up or 'buzzed too close'...let them know, anytime i've had an issue (and there have been a few, sometimes w/ yelling), the 'problem' has been worked out and i've had a good time but only AFTER talkin to someone
HINT: if it's a 2 day track event...2nd day, afternoon....folks are checkin out, coached out...great time to hookup w/ a coach, grid at #1 and viola, u have your own raceway w/ noone in front and 1on1 training.
(there was 1 time last yr, i actually had 2 coaches workin w/ me and maybe 5 other people on the track...one was the rabbit and the other was constantly buzzin me, tryin to pull me off my line, gettin me used to bein passed inside and stuff....total blast; last lap, last session...fastest lap of the year, how much fun is that?)
that's the 'free' method....only thing better is takin a class (which should be on the agenda too)
i'm ramblin about all this cause i'm psyched...have some days comin up...finally