My second session of velodrome certification was awesome. Right from the start we took all of the knowledge we gained from the first session and took it immediately onto the track. It was much more dynamic and a lot more exciting than the first session which was much more informative. On the first day we were only allowed to ride along the measurement line in the pole lane so that we got an idea of the speeds needed to stay upright on the banked turns. At first, I felt a little uncomfortable riding at the slower speeds but it gave me a good idea of how fast or slow I really could go and stick to the boards.
In this session we hopped into a paceline and practiced peeling off the front by riding up the banked turns while the rest of the gruppetto rides underneath. By the time it was my turn to lead for two laps it was actually the first time I was able to see the the track open and without another rider in my view. It was a huge rush of adrenaline dropping down from the balustrade(the top rail) into the straightaway. Even just riding along the balustrade without dropping all the way down for a sprint is like riding along some rolling hills.
I'm definitely excited to get into the third session of certification for more emphasis on the technical skills and develop the ones already covered.