Just got back in from my second lap. I started out slow after lunch, but lit the fires on the second half of the lap. Luckily I was able to maintain our 19th.
This racing stuff can be somewhat dangerous. But, so is driving to church. In both cases it is best to take the proper precautions in the event that something goes wrong.
Just as you would use your seat belt driving to church we use a lot of safety gear (pads, helmets, etc). Due to a recent blog post by our friend Beka and Jared, I have recently acquired a new kind of safety gear that is designed to protect from neck breakage.
Basically it transfers force from the head to the shoulders in the event that the rider falls. Another way to think of it is that it limits head motion.
150$ well spent.. The only drawback is that it limits the riders ability to swivel the head around and look behind. This can be a little exciting when a pro rider is coming at you at a billion miles and hour and you can't turn and see what direction they are coming from.