I have to admit that I’ve never really been much of a racing fan. That’s why it was so surprising when my boyfriend decided that the perfect birthday present for me would be a racing experience; one where I would be the passenger in a car driven by a professional race driver, zooming around the track and, apparently “burning up the Alberta asphalt.”
I suppose that it really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that my boyfriend is an enormous racing fan. Formula One, Nascar driving and even demolition derbies—you name it and odds are my boyfriend has probably watched it at one point or another and most likely still follows it as well.
I suppose the gift was his way of trying to introduce me to his world and help me understand a little more about what he finds so thrilling about the sport. I must admit that the prospect of burning up the Alberta asphalt wasn’t exactly the most exciting thing to me at first, but we booked the date anyway and, after waiting a couple of months, it finally arrived and we were on our way to the race track.
I won’t lie. There was a little bit of anticipation building up as we neared our destination. I put it down to a mix of nerves and trepidation. After all this was something I had never experienced before and I couldn’t help but think about what might happen if things went wrong.
My boyfriend, on the other hand, was an absolute ball of excitement. I swear there was no controlling him on the way to the track. He kept fidgeting in his seat, telling me that he was going to give me an early experience of just what a car can do on the Alberta asphalt. It took every ounce of my persuasive powers just to stop him from putting his foot down.
No such luck once I got in the car with my driver though and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. He immediately told me that it was time to tear up some Alberta asphalt, and all of a sudden he was away. The speed the car was moving at was something else entirely and the adrenaline rush was amazing. I don’t think I ever want to do it again but I’m really glad that I experienced it.