Day four of the RCPC was a lot of material again as it was on Day 3. It was also our first chance to peer-teach. Peer-teaching is using the other coaches and students. It’s a great way to get practice with the difference exercises and units since the coaches know what is supposed to happen and can provide feedback on areas you missed.
The two instructors are also doing a good job keeping us in line and are quite patient with all our questions and mistakes. I didn’t write an update last night as I was working on homework. Our homework is a peer-teaching assignment. I’ve been breaking the recommended action steps down for each assignment into little pieces – noting diagrams in the book, and making little talking point notes.
The range assignments are a little more complicated as the demo ride needs to be prepared for, cones placed, starting the exercise, reversing (if needed), and then ending or staging the exercise. These are the pieces that I find are the biggest challenge for me right now. Of course, all of this while staying on a tight schedule. It is a pretty rapid fire pace, and at least one of the coaches is always doing something. While one is giving instructions, the other is placing cones and getting ready to ride the demo.
It will be interesting to try and control a range of twelve moving motorcycles piloted by new riders. I’m looking forward to the challenge.
Day five was more peer-teaching. I finally was able to give my first in-class unit. I think it went pretty well. I had rehearsed a bit last night, and had an extra handout about helmets which wasn’t part of the MSF material, but I thought it helped drive the point home on using a full face helmet over a half helmet. A few of the other coaches liked the handout so much, they kept a copy for themselves. You can check it out here: helmet crash handout.
After lunch today, we started on the range exercises again. The weather conspired against us as it has been the last few days. We will still teach/learn in the rain, but when lightning, hail, or so much rain as to make the cones float away. We call it. The cones started to move around because it was raining so hard, and we retreated inside. My one-piece tourmaster rain gear kept me dry. My gloves were soaked, but I have a spare pair. The others got pretty wet.
We ended the day listening to hail, strong winds, and heavy rain. The ride from the college back to the hotel was interesting too. Normally, I’d exit the parking lot to the right and take the back way. As I pulled up to my turn, I watched a red station wagon pushing a large bow-wave of water in front of it. It appeared the water was above the bottom of the doors. I decided against that road as my SV isn’t a very good boat.
Just as I was turning left, I saw a large, rotund man in shorts, white tank top, and flip flops. He yelled at me asking if I was insane. I replied back if he was the insane one being out in the rain without gear.
Many of the roads were flooded out on the way back to the hotel. The main road, Hwy 7, was flooded along the sides, so I rode close to the double yellow. The edges looked to be six inches deep which I was able to confirm as I pulled into the hotel lot. The water splashed up to my knees.
Here is the photo from two days ago:
Here it is now after an hour of that storm:
The sky is starting to clear up again as I write this, and I can see some glimpses of blue sky. Time to go find some dinner and then more homework.