Friday, 21 September 2012

A first for me...

Last week one of my colleagues came into work and suggested we all go Go Karting, since our Easter Bowling trip was a success (despite me being the worst one there) and it was met with a mostly positive response. I'd never been, so I was quite nervous at the prospect, but I agreed to go anyway.

Tuesday night was when we'd booked for, and we all went straight from work. Throughout the day I'd got increasingly nervous as I remember when I was younger I never liked the quad bikes or anything motorised, so by the time we got there, I was anticipating thoroughly disliking it.

I can't say I was too impressed having to wear a hairnet, but since I was wearing a crash helmet it was the last thing I was worried about. Trying to find an actual jumpsuit to fit was a nightmare, I think I was the last one to find something that fit.

The girls were up first to do the practice laps and I was petrified. I couldn't quite get to grips with the accelerator and by the time the five practice laps were over I was ready to throw the towel in. I stuck with it and did all of my heats, fully knowing I wouldn't make the final, and I didn't even come last in all of them which I was quite impressed with. During my last heat I had a head on collision with one of the girls who had spun, which has left me a little sore since.

I did get the hang of the karts towards the end and going round the tight corners, which I was quite pleased about. During one of my heats our boss' wheel came flying off and I think that was the only time I overtook him as he was sat crashed into the tyre wall. During another heat, another guy's wheel came flying off too, at first I thought it was somebody's helmet, but no it was a tyre. Very reassuring for me!

It was nice to be out with work, but I don't think Go Karting is for me. If given the opportunity again, I'd rather sit on the sidelines I think. I am glad I went though, as it's something to say that I've experienced at least!

The drive home was a bit difficult though. Going from a kart with incredibly stiff steering, to my cars super light steering was a little baffling. Luckily the industrial estate the track is based on was deserted, so I had a little time to readjust before having to deal with oncoming traffic!

Go Karting Track

The winners of the final!

Kate x

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