So I've listened to so many people, received so much advice and I am grateful for it all. But the time is now approaching when I am finally twitching to ride further. I have wanted to feel confident in my abilities and I've fought with the Demons as to if something goes wrong - either with my riding or with the bike. So a service is being booked and hopefully not too far away. Meanwhile I practice some more in preparation.
I had dinner with a friend last Friday night who gave me some further advice and, after discussing his tragic accident in which he lost his leg, broke 6 or 7 ribs, broke a section of his back, broke his collarbone and was classified as incurring brain damage, he didn't hold back in saying to me "If every time you get on, you are going to think about being killed or injured" then riding is not for you. This from someone who is working hard at rehab to get back on a modified bike and ride! He may as well have slapped me in the face. I don't consciously think about this but I have come to the conclusion that my subconscious is having a rather animated conversation back there. My Demons are chattering away like Madmen. It's time to silence the Demons!
He also gave me some good suggestions about my practice on Beach Road, in carparks and best of all said to me "Are you practising around Albert Park Lake?" Gawd! It had never even occurred to me - duh! The speed limits might be 40kph and 50kph but it gives you some good cornering and leaning practice in, at least, a more controlled environment. There are still cars, there are still people everywhere, there are still tricky moments of turning into a narrow section with oncoming cars and parked cars either side, there are people walking dogs, sailing, playing football ... and it was a fabulous practice session I had on Sunday with another rider I met on Saturday at Netrider practice A big thanks to Joel who came along for the experience.
There is so much to learn but it's time to believe in myself and face the Demons. One thing for sure, I will be visiting Albert Park Lake circuit again this week