Leslie Porterfield is the Guinness Book of World Records’ Fastest Woman in The World on a Conventional Motorcycle, set at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Leslie is coming to India for the India Bike Week 2017 to be held in Goa.
Namita Nayyar, President WomenFitness.Org catches up with Leslie Porterfield.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
You are the Guinness Book of World Records’ Holder for being the Fastest Woman in The World on a Conventional Motorcycle. Tell us about your journey creating this record?
Ms. Leslie Porterfield:
It was quite a journey! I had road raced on circuits before going to the Bonneville Salt Flats to set records. It took over a year to build the bike. With help from a great team, I was able to make my first effort to set a record in 2007. Unfortunately I ended up having a wreck. I came off the bike at over 100mph. I had 7 broken ribs and a punctured lung. I also had a severe concussion and was helicoptered into the hospital. I was fortunate to be in great shape and recover quickly. I still have some aches from the broken ribs but I consider myself fortunate.
The following year, I had rebuilt the motorcycle, recovered from my injuries, and achieved my first record aboard the same motorcycle I had my accident on. I also had the added stress of television cameras everywhere. It was a huge learning experience and a time for great focus. When I came back to the event and set my first record, it made me a better rider. I had to tune out everything else and not think of the possibility of wrecking. I was able to achieve my goals of setting records through intense focus. Racing at Bonneville has been a great personal journey!
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