Today, I had another lesson scheduled. Last night, I went to bed later than I wanted due to my nap so when 6am rolled around I was still tired and grumpy. I’m not use to waking up before 10am normally because I work in the evening. And today, I’m starting a new show so I have tech rehearsal (it’s always long and tedious) plus the first performance. It was going to be a ridiculously long day.
I checked the weather, it was kind of windy. Definitely not good for landings, maybe we could touch on maneuvers again. Though I did see a TEMP -SHRA popping up at both KJFK and KISP, so I figured it was definitely going to hit KFRG and the rain was scheduled to begin right in the middle of my lesson. I texted my instructor, no response. I always keep heading out there though because it’s easier to turn around than being late. I made it to the LIRR station and still hadn’t heard. I think I was just tired so I was secretly hoping it was cancelled. I called the flight school to see if could get another opinion, they said it looked fine. So I hopped on the train. When I go this early I have to transfer trains when still in Queens, I got to Jamaica and waited for the next train.
My instructor texts me back and asks if I had left because it looked a little windy, but it was up to me if I felt comfortable. I said where I was and that I knew it wasn’t good for landings but if she thought even doing maneuvers wasn’t a good idea I can easily turn back. I wanted her to make this call. I thought it might have been too windy myself. I know we’ve gone up in that wind before, but now closer to soloing and making sure I’m in the limits I want better wind to get the moves precise. I wanted her to make the “no go” call because I thought maybe my laziness would kick in and say no. It’d be way easier for me to go home, clean, prepare for tech and the performance tonight. Even if she said “yes, come out” I knew once I was there and focused I wouldn’t regret it. But thankfully, she said it was too windy and we’ll just go up tomorrow. I was secretly relieved. I don’t believe I was breaking the IMSAFE rule, but if I didn’t get to rest today I’m sure I would have been fatigued by the end of the week.
I turned around and went home. You bet your bottom dollar I hopped back into bed and got about an hour and a half more sleep. I’ve been productive too. I have two more lessons scheduled this week and plan to try to get more sleep.