with my legs in what’s known as the chair position. I would, Susan said, be in better balance if my legs were in a more down position.
Susan did work with me on this during my group ride. I had heard what she’d said before, from other Centered Riding clinicians. This time, I really grasped what she and others were getting at. And I now know what I need to do in order to rectify the situation. I feel good about this.
I just wish that Susan had talked with me about this prior to my last day’s ride. I might then have been able to show her that I’d internalized what she’d said. Susan’s commentary indicated to me that she’s not yet going to write me a letter, so I won’t be eligible to become a Level II Instructor, which was my hope in participating in this particular clinic.
And so, how do I feel about this? I of course have mixed feelings. After all, I’m only human. On the one hand, I very much respect Susan’s judgement. She’s the best and one of the most experienced clinicians around, and very accurate in her assessments. I have no doubt about this. She said that I’d done a very good job instructing and that I’d made considerable riding-related progress. What she didn’t also figure in is that my progress has been self-based. I have not had access to a competent instructor.
Well, my instructor status really makes no difference in the great scope of things, the same being true of my EMT status. It all is what it is. I am pleased about the fact that Susan verified that I’m making progress as a rider, and furthermore, I know what I need to continue to do. For this, I am most appreciative.
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