Rider Education

October Article

Posted: 02 Oct 2017 08:10 PM

GWRRA Rider Education 10/2017

It’s October and things are starting to slow down a little bit.  The leaves are starting to change but the temperatures didn’t seem to realize that it was September!  It was unusually hot for the last half of September. 

High temperatures are a segway into my topic for this month; Hydration.  Now, I’m sure most of us realize and understand that up to 60% of the human body is made up of water.  That in itself should explain the high need for hydration.  Even when the temperatures are normal or lower than normal, the body still needs to be hydrated.  Some more noticeable signs of dehydration are:
  Increased thirst; dry mouth; feeling tired/sleepy/confused; decreased/dark urine output;   headache/muscle cramps; dry skin; dizziness

Good sources of hydration include:
  Gatorade/Powderade/Propel (aka Sports Drinks)
  A half & half combination of water and sport drink
Note to self……BAI is NOT a good source of hydration.  It may taste good, but it doesn’t do for you what water can do. 

We were in Illinois Mid-September (the weekend of the WI District Rally) and I was participating in the ALS Walk for Life in downtown Chicago.  Some of you may know that I lost my oldest brother to this horrible disease so this is something personal that I do with his kids and grandkids who all live in Chicago suburbs.  The temperature at start time was 88 degrees and still climbing so, needless to say, it was HOT!!   And later that afternoon, my 13 year old Nephew was playing in a football game.

I know I didn’t drink nearly enough water and neither did the rest in our group.  Towards the end of the walk, my legs started to cramp.  I knew I needed water so I grabbed one of the last bottles of water from the cooler and drank all of it which, thankfully, relieved my leg cramps and allowed me to finish.

Now, remember that 13 year old Nephew that was going to be playing football in a couple of hours?  Well, on the way home, he said he had a headache.  His mom and I, in unison, told him to drink a bottle of water then relax and cool off – maybe even take a nap (it took over an hour to get close enough to home to have lunch).  He did as was told and, I’m happy to brag, did very well at his football game!  His coach required water breaks every 15 minutes during his game.

Of course, when we came home that Monday, it was about 25 degrees colder, cloudy and raining.  But the difference in the leaves between going down Friday and coming back Monday was simply amazing.  I’m afraid we’re in for an early and long winter season.  That will make Scott happy having that second set of handlebars!

Till next time, stay hydrated and stay safe!

Joy & Scott Mattson

MN District Educators

August Article

Posted: 03 Jul 2017 08:25 PM

I just returned from a necessary trip to Arizona…..in July…during the heat of the summer and, not to forget, monsoon season!  For those that believe it’s better than Minnesota because it’s a “dry heat”; let me just say When it’s hot, it’s hot.  BUT, the interesting part is that, during monsoon season, there’s humidity in Arizona, too!  On the one day I was able to watch the news, it was reported that the dew point was 69 degrees!  No wonder it felt muggy – it was!  It was one of those trips where you couldn’t get enough water.  It felt like the heat just sucked the moisture out of your body as quickly as you could drink it.  That wasn’t really true, but it sure felt like it.  The moral of this paragraph…..stay hydrated!

When I returned from Arizona, I went from one extreme to the other.  The morning after I returned, the weather was a cool 50 something degrees and rainy.  You know, that didn’t bother me at all!  I kind of enjoyed it after the triple digit highs in Arizona.  From a climate where you couldn’t wear a jacket to home where the jacket was comfy!

August brings the Region Rally – this year in Williamsburg, Iowa.  Our Region Educator, Greg Hayes, is presenting a Road Captain Course.  We were able to present one at the MN District Rally last month and had a good turnout.  After our classroom session, we had 9 two wheelers and 5 trikes that did the riding portion of the seminar.  Congratulations to all on completing the course.  We do have completion cards and they will be mailed to you……as soon as I find them again!

That’s about it for now.  Stay cool; stay warm – whatever the weather predicates!  But always stay hydrated!

Till next time.

Joy Mattson
MN District Educator

June Article

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 10:08 PM

As I write this article, it’s cool and rainy outside.  My hope is that the weather starts to cooperate and cooperates all the way through summer – longer would be better!  We’re heading out on vacation soon and I pray, with all my being, that the time we are going to be riding is dry (at least for the most part)!

When traveling on a motorcycle, one must be prepared for anything and everything:
Do you know your gas and comfort stops?
Did you make reservations for accommodations or are you going to try to find somewhere along
the way?  If just finding somewhere along the way, be prepared – you might end up
riding longer (and farther) than you expected to.
Is your raingear in good condition?  When rainy & cold I prefer not to ride, but there are times
when one doesn’t have any other choice.
If it’s hot, do you have access to a lighter or mesh jacket?
If it’s cold, do you have access to additional layers and heavier gloves?
Do you have room for everything?  Are you towing a trailer so you do? 
Are you bringing tools for just in case?
All of these are things that might be considered when heading out on the road to that new and exciting (or old and comfortable) destination!

Just a reminder that we are having a Trike Rider Course on Saturday, June 24th from 8:00am – 5:00pm.  Cost is $40 for GWRRA members and $50.00 for others.  There are still 3 spots open.  If you know of someone who might be interested, please have them contact me at 612-834-2682.

Also remember that we are hosting a Road Captain’s Course at the MN/ND District Rally.  This is a rally event so you need to be registered for both the rally and the Road Captain’s Course.  Cut off for registration is June 20th.  Please contact me if interested.  612-834-2682.

That’s about it for now.  Take care and be safe out there!

Joy Mattson

MN District Educator

May 2017

Posted: 06 May 2017 08:08 AM

Minnesota & North Dakota
District Rally
Rider Education Event
Do you want to become a Road Captain or learn more about what it means to be a Road Captain?  Are you already a Road Captain and want to do a refresher course?  Have we got the seminar for you!! You guessed it!  We’re doing a………………………………….
Road Captain Course (RCC)
Friday, July 7th, 2017
2pm – 4pm
Includes both Classroom & Riding Components
For those who are not currently Road Captains:
·  You’ll learn what it means to be a Road Captain
·  Both classroom and riding components are necessary to receive your Road Captain rocker.
·  Co-Riders are welcome and encouraged
·  For the riding component, participants must:
o  Wear full riding gear including helmet, long pants, over the ankle boots, long sleeves, full finger gloves, and eye protection. 
o  Present valid driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement or motorcycle permit
o  Provide valid insurance card 
o  A waiver to participate in the riding component will be provided at the start of the seminar
For the current Road Captain:
·  This will be a refresher
·  Don’t be surprised if you’re called on to share your experiences
This seminar is open to District Rally Attendees.  Pre-Registration is required and rally attendance will be verified.  Contact MN District Educator Joy Mattson at jsmattson@usfamily.net or 612-834-2682 for more info and to sign up.  Deadline to register is June 20th.
Hope to see you there.


April Article

Posted: 05 Mar 2017 06:29 PM

It’s April and Spring has officially sprung………………or has it?  As one who very well knows this, we’re still in for at least one more snowfall.  See, Scott and I haven’t brought the bikes home from storage yet.  It’s a guarantee that we’ll get one more snowfall right after we bring them home.

There are a number of events coming up in the world of Rider Education:
·  Chapter Q is hosting their annual IRC (fka BRCII) April 29th and 30th – training provided by the MSF.  Contact Bob Frazee if you’re interested in either day.  I believe they still have openings.
·  Chapter N is hosting an IRC (fka BRCII) May 7th – training provided by the MSF.  Contact Bruce Carlson or Kevin Tucker if you’re interested.
·  The MN District is hosting a Trike Rider Course June 24th (full day with classroom/range exercises) and 25th (short day with range exercises only).  Training is being provided by GWRRA Rider Course Instructors Dan Davis and Kris Andre from Illinois.  These guys are good!  Please contact Joy & Scott Mattson if you’re interested or know someone who is.  There are still openings on both days.  Cost as of April 1 is $40.00 for GWRRA members and $50.00 for Non-Members.  A bargain at any rate!! 
Please note that none of these courses are fundraisers for Chapter or District.  Costs are set to cover expenses only and are meant to help you, the member, be a safer rider.

Scott and I have received approval and will be hosting a Road Captains Course Seminar and Riding Exercise at the District Rally on Friday afternoon, July 7th.  If you’ve never done this before and are interested in learning how Team Riding really works, this is the Seminar/Exercise for you!  Contact Scott & Joy to reserve your spot.  We’d like to hear from you by May 15th if you’re interested.  Final headcount will be needed no later than June 1.  For current Road Captains who would like a refresher course, come and join us!

That’s about it for this month.  If you’ve got your bike out already, please be careful out there.  I’m not sure that the 4 wheel drivers are looking for us yet. 

Till next time…..

Joy & Scott