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The last couple rides I've been recognizing in myself some overconfidence. Both times I hadn't ridden for a maybe three or four days and getting on the bike my ummm exuberance at being back on the machine translated to some questionable judgement and actions on my part. The last time put me into a situation that scared me a little bit and forced me to cut my ride short and go home earlier than I had planned. I've ridden aproximatley 5000kms in this my maiden riding season. These last two weeks I didn't ride much at all and both situations arose during this two week period. I'm wondering if I should ride more or ride less to keep from getting reckless. Does anyone have any tips about this? Any recomendations? Thanks in found it helpful to go back to a parking lot and review the slow speed maneuvers--because going down the highway in a straight line at higher speeds gives me false confidence. Slow speeds remind me of how much I have to learn about balancing the weight of the bike, and how clumsy I still am with the clutch, brakes, and throttle. Rolling Eyes It's not enough to just get through the exercises, now I want to be as smooth as possible, and make these turns tighter and tighter, and go slower and slower. Usually has two benefits: gets my head back into being present and aware, and replaces my confidence with real skill-building. Now, if I would only do it more often.,,,

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

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