Need Mentor in SE Michigan May 2010
by Jessica Shear
Hi! I've posted here before - after my less than glorious experience w/ the Rider's Edge course, & after less than motivating parking lot sessions w/my impatient b/f.
Although my plan was to take the HD course for a 2nd time, unemployment dictates that I can't afford the $300+ again, so I'll take the much cheaper local community college course - hopefully in May (2010 sched. posts soon).
My boyfriend is experienced & had some good teaching tips - but he is impatient in all things, & this is too important to me to approach w/dread instead of excitement.
I'm hoping to find somebody who is willing to go w/me to a parking lot to practice things like turning - prior to my actual class. Before I stopped practicing last season, that was the thing the b/f & I were arguing about most. I know what I'm supposed to do - but his disbelief that I couldn't understand his instruction freaked me out & I can't do anything when I'm that flustered. What amazed me was just when I was having fun & felt I was doing well (shifting, going faster, figure 8s,) he commented that I wasn't improving & shouldn't keep doing the same thing over & over. He was wrong. I KNEW I was improving but also didn't like being pushed - & had only practiced maybe 4 hrs total outside of the course - so ... my thinking is if I practice w/him this season - the same thing will happen. Failure!
Although he has wonderful qualities, he's been riding since 10, knows many women who ride (so why can't I?) and has little patience for my need to do things more slowly.
Sorry this is so long! Again, I'm hoping to find somebody in or near Monroe, Michigan (near OH border) who would be willing to spend a couple hrs some weekend before my course. I want to go into the course better prepared. I have been strengthening my "grip" for months now!
If you don't hate my guts after the initial session, it would be cool if this person would also help me w/ some initial street rides after the course - so I'll be ready to ride w/ b/f by mid June.
Asking a lot? Probably...but I'm already getting an ulcer worrying about this. This time, I have GOT to get my certificate and start riding! Failure is not an option!
Anybody? Anybody? : )