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Kyle Wyman Off-Season Part 1 - December 2013

NEWS December 6, 2013


Kyle Wyman Off-Season Part 1 - December 2013

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December 6, 2013 - It's been a long time since I've submitted a blog entry, but I'm back writing again after about a year and am ready to commit to a monthly
story for the rest of the off-season and through the 2014 AMA Pro Road
Racing series.

2013 is just about in the books. It was a tough year full of learning
experiences and injury, but I'm ready for 2014 and the road ahead. It's
always about mid-December when I really start getting stir crazy, trying
to hold back the itch for more racing, but after the season I had that
feeling has never been stronger than it is now.

Since the close of the season I have been living in Leeds, AL with my
girlfriend, Elena Myers. We've been training, riding and traveling all
over! Going to Sportbike Track Time track days, coaching with the
DiSalvo Speed Academy and also attending Colin Edwards' Texas Tornado
Boot Camp have most notably made up our off-season so far.

Instructing at Colin's camp was probably the most fun of all. Who could
pass up four days of riding, guns and bonfires? Not me. I couldn't
believe the compound that he has built out there in Texas. There was a
giant pack of students, close to 30, and we rode ourselves into the
ground (quite literally). I'm really a flat tracker on the inside,
though I rarely get to strap on my steel shoe anymore. After four days
we were completely shot with all the riding. I couldn't imagine going
out there for the 7-day racer camp in January, even though I'd jump at
the first opportunity. If you ever get the chance, be sure to head down
there for a camp. You'll even get to shoot a .50 cal rifle...

I've also been doing a lot of cycling lately, mostly mountain biking!
Although it was the cause of my mid-season broken wrist, I've found my
time on the MTB to be rewarding both physically and mentally, and I've
kept at it over the past couple months since the season ended to get
stronger and try to feed that itch to go racing. I entered a 50 mile
mountain bike race in mid-November called the "Oak Ass." I only knew
what the name meant once the race was over and I sat down for the first
time (if you know what I mean). 50 miles of singletrack mountain biking
in the mountains of Alabama sounded like a nice little Saturday, and it
sure lived up. I'm hoping to enter some more races in January - the
mental strength needed to complete those long races is a great training
tool.

Being off the race track is only part of it my itch lately, but the
feeling of not knowing what 2014 has in store for me could be the
hardest part of all. Luckily I've had great support from my sponsors and
people that are behind me, and plans are starting to come together for
next year. I'm looking to get back out in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines
Harley-Davidson series again, running an effort under KWR for a third
straight season. It's been rewarding being a team owner, most notably
from 2012 when we won the overall Harley-Davidson series championship
with my teammate, Michael Barnes. I have so many great memories from
that season, but my goal for 2014 is to go get that championship again,
this time as a rider.

I feel that the culmination of the past three seasons since 2011 have
brought me to this point, and not by accident. On paper it may not look
overwhelmingly stellar, but I have become a stronger rider and
businessperson as a result. From branching out on my own for an XR1200
effort in 2011 to putting together a Daytona Sportbike effort in 2013
with Triumph, every weekend of every year has brought new challenges for
me. This coming season will be my next test, and I look forward to
sharing my thoughts with everyone, every step of the way.
 


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