Today was another good day. It was the finale for our MSF RiderCoach Prep Course (RCPC) in Hutchinson, MN. It was also the final day of student teaching the BRC. Finale
The weather cooperated again today with the temps ranging from high 50s to mid 60s and overcast skies. I think the conditions were nearly perfect teaching conditions – not too hot, not too cold, and not wet.
It was amazing again to watch the 11 novices progress throughout the day. I can’t think of another example where you can see someone progress from never riding a motorcycles to passing their skills test in two days.
My highlight on the range was when one novices, who had been rather tentative all day, finally experienced what a good roll on of the throttle feels like in a 135° corner. Her giant smile made my day.
Above: our two very patient RCPC instructors.
Above: getting the cards ready for the under 18 novices, and then stamping permits. Everyone who needed to pass the motorcycle endorsement test did. Very cool.
Above: All of the candidates in my RCPC program (including me).
Above: my MSF Certificate!
Above: some of the goodies from the MMSC for passing the RCPC – a patch, a sticker, another patch, and hat. We also received the hi-viz ANSI2 shirts.
During our graduation ceremony. The instructors had the class vote anonymously on the following:
- best classroom coach
- best demo rider
- Ms. congeniality
- Mr. congeniality
I was surprised that my peers picked me for #2 and #5 – best demo rider and leadership (thanks guys!). I received an extra MSF shirt for the honor. I’ve proud and honored to be part of the cohort of new Rider Coaches in Minnesota. It was a great time and an experience I will remember fondly.
Many hugs, handshakes, and smiles later, we all started parting ways. A number of us commented how this experience was one of the most stressful and difficult thing we’ve done (I agree). One coach commented how this was the most stressful, tough thing she’s done second only to giving birth to her two kids.
My head is still swimming in MSF “stuff”. Thoughts of this weekend were the last thing in my head when I went to sleep and first thing when I woke up. It is amazing to me how the RCPC experience has consumed and muted everything else for May 2011. There is a backlog of chores, cleaning, bike maintenance, emails, regular mail, and phone calls to return. It feels like coming back from a month long trip and trying to re-adjust to “regular” life.
Next steps are to spend a bit more time prepping for teaching an entire course. I hope to mentor a BRC this coming weekend too. Then the following weekend I will be teaching my first BRC with the second (and likely final for 2011) course three weeks after that.
Thanks for following along on my RiderCoach journey! The positive thoughts, comments, and emails helped.