I completed my first race weekend about a week ago. It was a blast and something I certainly want to do again. Thanks to everyone that made is such a great experience - the folks at registration, the corner workers, and pit neighbors. A little background - I started doing track days at the end of 2019 and quickly got hooked. Age 45 at the time. Sportbikes and following racing were always a passion even though I had a 15+ year hiatus with family life. I never did a track day before 2019. I felt it was important to get to a reasonable pace before jumping into racing. I didn't want to present a danger or moving roadblock to others. So, sold my street bike, bought a track bike, and started learning. Fast forward through multiple track days and onto the racing. Track days and racing are similar in several ways, but different in a couple key areas; Pace of the day. A typical race day seems to have more downtime. For example, if you race 2 classes for the day that's basically 4 track sessions. First 10 minute morning practice, a second 20 minute practice before lunch. Race 1. Race 2. The overall pace of what you're doing throughout the day is slower, but the track time is more intense. Intense = fun. Cost. Depending how many classes you enter and how competitive you want to be, the costs can add up. There are gate fees, race fees, tires, etc. First timers get great discounts through WERA on membership and transponders so it really helps. My experience is a race weekend will probably cost you more than a track day. If you have a budget and plan well it's completely feasible without breaking the bank. Much like track days you'll meet great people willing to help and share their experience with you. The process part may seem a little overwhelming at first between registration, tech, the rule book, and rider's school, but don't let it scare you off. Like I said, the overall pace of the day is slower. You aren't going out on track every 40 minutes like you are used to at a track day so there's time to accomplish the tasks at hand. Hopefully this is useful to someone out there. Rambling aside, the point of my post is to encourage anyone who might be on the fence about it to try racing. Don't be intimidated by the process. Remember, everyone at the even has been through the exact same thing. Honestly by Sunday of the first weekend I knew exactly what to expect throughout the day and felt comfortable - almost like it was routine. I'd classify myself as slow to average. Several people shared with me they went faster on a race day than a track day. I found it to be true in my case too. Not sure how or why, but I'm hoping the trend continues. I have no delusions of smashing lap records, but simply enjoying the competition and the experience as it's own reward. After so much fun, going back to work on Monday was a bummer. Stay safe and have fun.