What's the best way for a semi-older dude to get into offroad racing? I grew up riding dirtbikes, but didn't come from a family with any interest in, time for, or history of racing, and except for a little motorcycle road racing in college and some hobby drag racing with the car that I built, I've never really been a racer at all.
Well, after riding once in about the last ten years (a full day on an '06 CRF450X back in '08) I bought my WR earlier last year and have been riding as much as possible ever since. Every single weekend and if possible after work during the longer days last summer I've continually tried to work on one skill or another while I'm out there, along with tweaking something on the bike or reading about how to do something to make it better (talking mainly towards suspension settings and build). So in other words, the dirtbike bug has bitten hard and at this point it's the only hobby/interest I care about. So I think I'd really like to get into some form of racing.
Only thing is, I'm almost 36 years old. I stay in good shape, although I've been working on conditioning a lot more lately, because dirtbike riding shape is a little different than normal athletic or weight lifting shape. I'm also probably going to move from eastern NM to northwest FL in the next few months or so (military) - that would put me a lot closer to the GNCC part of the country.
So do I just show up and enter in the beginner class and hope to not get run over? My only two goals starting out would be to finish and to not be dead last.
I'd like to hear from guys who started racing a little later on in life - or from anyone who races/raced with good advice for that matter.