Sunday, July 27, 2008

Through the Looking Glass

It sure feels different being on the other side. By now most of the weekend is behind me. Here's how things went.

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...

22 comments:

  1. Congrats on taking the course! I know it can be a tough course here in Washington state... I haven't taken it but hubby has

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  2. WOOT!!!!

    Congratulations!!! Two triumphs in one weekend -- you knocked them out of the park!

    Preparing the house should be a breeze after that . . . . . :-)

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  3. Yes, I know--the mind is a powerful tool. It can make or break you. Glad you overcame.

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  4. Congrats on passing the course

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  5. AWWWHHHHH YEAH!!! I KNEW you could do it!! Alright Lisa!! ;D ;D ;D Whoot!!

    I've been meaning to get that book. I have 2 of his others ones. Good stuff. Let me know how you like it ;-)

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  6. of course, I meant SCOOTER. not SCOTTER.

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  7. I did a motorcycle course when I was younger. Good job! And may I just say I am sick with jealosy over your scotter? I test drove one last year that looked JUST LIKE THAT! I also test drove a pink one and pistacio green.

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  8. Congrats - but please be careful on that little thing.

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  9. WOW! What a weekend of success!

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  10. Way to stay strong and overcome your fears. You did great in the OWS, and it was nice going to Cochiti with you again!!

    Thanks for not actually getting sick...then I woulda had to freak out on ya ;)

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  11. Well done not letting those negative voices win the day! Now you'll be able to look back on this weekend and know that you can overcome. You're a champ :)

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  12. Feel the fear and do it anyway Lisa, GOOD JOB!!!

    Congratulations for stepping out of your comfort zone, not once, but twice this weekend and beating the devil you don't know!! Way to go GIRL!

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  13. Nicely done Lisa! I feel the karma in Blogland :-)

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  14. Great job!! The mental aspect of sports/competition is the hardest thing to master (and what separates the best from the rest of the pack).

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  15. Excellent Lisa! I know very much how your mind can make you feel like you cannot do things! Running is so mental for me, big time!!! It's getting a little better but still...5 miles always seems like such a very long run to me, mentally!!! I curse myself out a lot!!! But, i do it and when i'm done i give myself a high five!!! :O)

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  16. Congrats on passing the course. Don't feel bad.....I get anxious everytime I think about getting back in the pool for a swim. Great job getting through it.

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  17. You got throught it. That what's matters at the end.

    Congrats.

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  18. Nice job!! OWS can really take a toll mentally.

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