A not so long time ago, in a place very close by, I instructed my first cycling class. My first class was in front of the team Somerset juniors and some of their parents so when, not if, I messed up we all knew each other. In the studio, the instructor rides on a raised platform in front of everyone wearing a microphone. Speaking in front of people was never strength of mine. In fact I would avoid every opportunity to speak in front of people; so I was a bit nervous to be in the spotlight. I was anticipating it the whole day. I received the workout that Bill, the owner of GoRyde, was going to have me teach during the week so I was reading it throughout the day and thought about how I could push the riders. The class was set up with the profile of stage 16 of the Tour De France with 3 of the major alpine climbs: Col d’Aubisque, Col du Tourmalet, and the Col d’aspin. In the beginning of the workout there were only 2 people that I would be coaching, but in the first 5 minutes of starting 7 more people showed up, ahhhhhh so many people to talk in front of. Within 10 minutes of the ride, I got so into coaching, pushing the riders, making jokes, and giving them a hard workout. Halfway through the workout Bill actually came up to me and said I was pushing them a little too hard. I was just having so much fun. It was amazing how once I got riding on the bike I was so comfortable and didn’t even realize I was talking in front of people. An experience I thought I would be bad at and was nervous for ended up being the most enjoyable thing. Others even told me I was great and above 90% of instructors already! But most of all I really learned how being on the bike makes me comfortable in any situation.