OWS - Went up to Cochiti with Cindy and Misty on Friday. I was so anxious while we were driving up there, it made me feel sick. And it started off not so well for me, but they both were very patient and reassuring with me until I could get calmed down and into my rhythm and start swimming like I know how. I ended the swim feeling good about it. It's going to take more practice, but I know I can do this. Thanks, ladies!!
After the swim, Cindy gave me something that make me smile. Check out the picture of this box of cookies. Is that cute or what? And the cookies are shaped like little tortoises and bunnies. I love it!!
Friday night was the classroom portion of the MSF Basic Rider Course from 6pm to 10pm. There were 24 students, 12 for the morning session (my session) and 12 for the afternoon. We watched some videos, reviewed basic motorcycle safety, and prepared for the written test.
Both Saturday and Sunday morning we needed to show up at the riding rage bright and early. Motorcycles are provided, but in the case of scooters, they allow you to bring your own. I really wanted to take the class on my scooter vs. a motorcycle so I was thrilled that they permitted it in my state. Many states do not.
Here is a picture of my scoot being hauled on a motorcycle hitch trailer behind my SUV. I am unable to load or unload it unassisted, so husband begrudgedly dropped me off and picked me up each day.
Once again, I started off mentally in a bad place. It took a good 45 minutes for me to calm down. I could not properly perform any of the maneuvers when I was tense. Early Sunday morning I was riding so poorly that I was sure I would fail the skills test. However, one of the rider coaches was quite helpful and engouraging. He made me believe I could do it, and that made all the difference in the world.
Long story short, it was tough. One person dropped out of the class and three failed the skills test. As for me, once I got into a better place mentally, things started to click and I managed to pass the test with plenty of margin. WoooHoo!
When I find some free time, I need to listen to a book on tape called "Practicing the Power of Now". One thing I can say for sure, is the mind can really sabotage the body when it wants to. I couldn't swim well or ride well when my mind was telling my body that it was scary and difficult. But once I worked through it, I did fine in both cases. Hopefully that means that next time won't be so bad.
Now, if we can just get the house ready for our guests...