This was our first skills day of 2015. The morning started of chilly so I wore my face mask for much of the first hour. Despite the chill in the air we did have a pretty good size crowd.
We practiced u-turns, cone weave, off-set cone weave, right and left turns and 24′ key hole/circle. The off-set cone weave has been one of those obstacles that frustrated me. The first time I tried it I was mistakenly trying to get close to the cones and dropped by bike. Since then every time it has been set up I have avoided it for the most part. This time started off the same. I looked at Scott and told him ‘you know I can’t do this.’ He reminded me it was a mental thing and that since my bike can make the turns it was just a matter of me believing in myself and trying. Sigh…. I knew he was right so I watched a few road captains do it and then went for it. Guess what? I did it! When people say that 75% of riding maneuvers are conquered in the mind they aren’t kidding.
Next was the 24′ key hole. My first few attempts weren’t pretty but then I got it. I just need to work on my entry. I don’t turn my handle bars enough so I end up taking several feet away that would help me not hit the cones with my saddlebags.
By the end of the day I was feeling more confident about turning my handle bars sharper and my ability to control my bike. You can read more about why I try to never miss skills day on this post from July skills day. You can view all the pictures we took on Google+.