For the last year or so, been scrimping and saving enough pennies to get into biking. With a sufficient store of funds to cover the basic accessories and a starter bike, I took the temp test at BMV, and signed up for the Basic Rider Course. Three days, one in classroom, two in a parking lot.
After the classroom, I was not impressed. The "instructors" basically had us taking turns reading out of the MSF manual, and didn't really do much else. I was happy to hear they would not be our "range" instructors. I tried to keep an open mind and not pre-judge the quality of instruction.
After the first day of instruction, I was exhausted! Exhilarated but exhausted. Not only did they have us debrief after each exercise, we kept going through each exercise until everyone got it right.
For some of the riding (clutch control and cornering) I remembered pretty quickly, though the Kawasaki I am on has a finicky clutch position to find and shift into. For others, I had a bit more of a challenge, specifically with quick stops.
The instructors worked with us extensively, giving us pointers and tips throughout the day. It was a great experience, and I would heartily recommend the riding portion for anyone. They challenged each of us, both mentally and physically. I was sufficiently whupped of all my energy by the time I got home and finished dinner.
Granted, it was warm out, and I was sweating a bit, but they did give breaks for hydrating and nourishment, so I think it was just draining to be riding for nearly six hours using muscles and learning or re-learning things I've not done in years!