Anytime you try something new you can feel a mix of emotions. The first time you drove your car you more than likely experienced fear, nervousness, anxiety, and pride. All these feelings came rushing back yesterday as I rode my Honda CBR 250 on the rode for the first time.
I had practiced many times in parking lots and dead-end roads but had never rode on the road among traffic. It was a whole new experience! I was extremely nervous for my first time. I had already wreaked it on a curb my first time riding and was praying everyone would just keep their distance as i ventured out for my first ride.
I decided to just go a few minutes into town to test myself at some intersections and crossing a railroad track. After about a five minute ride my anxiety and fear began to fade and my confidence rose. I decided it was time for my first official trip. I ventured out to the next town and surprise my boyfriend who was visiting his family.
The pride I felt from accomplishing a successful first ride was amazing. The rush of adrenaline that overwhelmed me was addicting. I could tell it was the first of many rides that would come.
After sleeping off the adrenaline I woke up and decided I needed to ride again, already. I had enough confidence in myself to try my luck on the I-65. The fear and nervousness came rushing back as I merged on the expressway next to a semi-truck.
I felt so small. The tires on the semi were almost the size the bike and myself combined. It was nerve racking to be just feet away from 60 something feet, 70MPH, 18 wheel vehicle. The wind from going at expressway speed was something to get used as well.
I will be on my bike more and more as the weather continues to improve. Be sure to double check before merging or changing lanes just in case a new riding like myself is in your blind spot!