Retiring from racing

Randy Grein randygrein at
Wed Apr 28 22:05:31 PDT 2010

Thanks Ernie, you guys are the best. I'll keep the leathers and  
vintage bikes so maybe after college is paid for I'll be able unretire  
for a little vintage fun.

The hand really is progressing nicely. Doc says that if I behave and  
let things heal properly and don't push too fast I'll be able to get a  
couple more years of wrestling in without damaging it. I was supposed  
to go to the world championships this year (veteran class), it's in  
Switzerland. Next year will probably be Iran or Romania which will be  
interesting too.

Randy Grein

On Apr 28, 2010, at 9:12 PM, Ernest Montague wrote:

> Well it was a good run, Randy.   And I've only quit forever four  
> times, so no telling what the future will bring.
> Good luck with your hand for sure.
> Ernie
> On Apr 28, 2010, at 8:41 PM, Randy Grein wrote:
>> Haven't said much (or anything) about it, but I lost partial use of  
>> my left hand back in December due to a pinched nerve. Took all this  
>> time to find the problem area but 2 weeks ago my neurosurgeon (a  
>> former racer) fixed it for me; 3 level laminectomy and removal of a  
>> minor disk bulge. 4 more weeks of light duty and 3 months before I  
>> can go back to serious contact sports, but he said full recovery is  
>> likely. Typing is already a lot better.
>> Then my wife had an accident and totaled her van. She's bruised but  
>> OK, the van is totaled, and we will be shopping for a new car for  
>> her. Between that and college for the kids I've had to make the  
>> hard decision to retire from racing. Stinks, but there you have it.  
>> It's been a good 30 years at least. And she insists I keep riding  
>> (as if I'd quit) on the street, and maybe I'll have time to do a  
>> little dirt riding.
>> Anyway, we will be selling the current race bike - '03 SV with a  
>> Zlock motor and a few other goodies including spare wheels,  
>> fairings, transponders, etc. I'll keep the current street bike and  
>> rebuild the old superbike as a streetbike for my son, and my dad is  
>> giving me his 'wing. He's finally admitted he can't ride anymore  
>> and the thing has just been sitting. I'll finally have something  
>> comfy enough to take the wife for afternoon rides. (grin) Justin  
>> has committed to college next year and asked me to hold his vintage  
>> bike until he's done.
>> I'll still be around, just not racing.
>> Randy Grein, WMRRA #141 (retired)

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