Blog: May 25. I’m a coach.

Stu Woodberry - with the clipboard - teaching me to use my brakes. "BOTH, brakes," said Stu. "I want to see you squeezing the front lever and not being frightened."

Stu Woodberry – with the clipboard – teaching me to use my brakes. “BOTH, brakes,” said Stu. “I want to see you squeezing the front lever and not being frightened.”

It’s Monday morning and I’ve been in Sydney doing Motorcycling Australia’s coaching course. I’m now a ‘Level 0’ or ‘Club’ coach, which, like all administrative things, has some important limitations and meanings when it comes to legal protection and obligations should I engage in any coaching.

Even to say a person is ‘coaching’ has to be legally defined before MA will have anything to do with it, and then our governing body’s involvement seems to centre mostly around generating paperwork, and lots of it.

Still, I understand the need for these things, and although it can be very tiresome to go through some of the accreditation processes, there it is.

Yesterday turned out to be a lot of fun, because, unexpectedly, Stuart Woodberry – from Australian Motorcyclist magazine, had also signed up, and he’s a good bloke. We’ve ridden together a few times and Stuie’s one of those people who enjoys a quiet laugh…usually at my expense.

After going through several hours of theory yesterday morning we adjourned to the witches hats and bike for a little ‘role playing’. The instructors randomly selected from the group and pairs were assigned the role of student or coach and had to teach a module, then be critiqued by the rest of the class. I couldn’t believe it when I was chosen to be the student and Stuie was chosen to be the teacher.

What a crack up!

IMG_0605I knew the fast way was just to be serious, not play the fool, and get it done, but the module was braking, and when Stuie reprimanded me loudly for not stopping with my front wheel “…exactly on the line, I said!” I couldn’t help but get into the spirit of things.

In trouble for my front wheel not being EXACTLY on the line.

In trouble for my front wheel not being EXACTLY on the line.

It made for a pleasant day, and believe it or not, one of the instructors was Greg O’Connor, SOC’s brother! (SOC being Steven O’Connor, incredible bike tech and even more incredible rider here in Coffs). Greg snapped a couple of pics of the event. It was freezing and we were in a tin-shed arrangement, so I was wearing a T-shirt, jumper and heavy hoodie to try and keep the shivering under control.

I have a very demanding few weeks coming up, so I may be absent for a couple of blogs, but I’ll catch up when I can.

TF

5 Comments

  1. Toms just got to his motel in Alice, half way done
    http://www.flytrace.com/tracker/map.aspx?group=132

  2. tom is at alice, half way

  3. Toms taking a shortcut he’s at base of Strezlecki, once he gets to Camerons corner he’ll be on home ground

  4. I see he’s at Tibooburra now so probably home tomorrow ! following Snappin & Geoffro’s posts it’s been a hell of a show!

  5. I don’t know, he seems pretty comfortable drinking coffee at Wanaaring with ben

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