Jan 31, 2006

ridercoach preparation...

found out earlier today that i've been selected to participate in the ridercoach preparation - which basically means the motorcycle instructor course. i'm excited and nervous. excited because this is something i've been wanting to do. nervous because it would be so embarrassing if i don't pass the course.

the course is going to be conducted over four consecutive weekends. that's a lot of learning... i realize there will be a lot of classroom time, but i hope there's even more bike time. i get the feeling my hopes will be dashed. oh well, i'll do my best in the course. and of course there's the part that comes after the training - teaching. i won't worry too much about that right now - i have to get through the training first!!!

speaking of training - i've been trying to brush up on my riding skills. back in december, i got a copy of a self-study motorcycle training program. part of the first lesson is to stop with only putting one foot down. and as soon as you start, to pick the foot up and not drag it. sooooo, lately as i've been riding around i've been practicing only putting on foot down when i come to a stop. surprisingly, it only took a couple tries before i started getting the hang of it. i feared that i would have problems balancing the bike when i was stopped - not so. i also notice the i can pretty much stop and put my left foot down all the time, keeping my right foot on the brake/floorboard. i would have thought that i would have used the right foot a bit more. i guess that means i have more control over the balance than i thought i had. the other thing i noticed about stopping with one foot down is that starting is easier. as soon as the bike starts moving, i put my foot onto the floorboard. and amazingly i take off rather easily... now i'm really looking forward to running through more of the lessons. the more comfortable i am on the bike, the more enjoyable it is to ride...

okay - that's all for now...