Keep Focusing Forward!! Well, today sucked! Flew this morning... 42hrs seat time into getting my PPL over 5.8 months. Generally getting up a couple times a week. Not yet solo'd but I'm within a couple flights probably so excited about that. I see that big number of 42 and not having solo'd and part of me says WTF... not in a hurry, but still that seems pretty high. Why did today suck? Today was my "Pre" pre-solo flight review/test. The flying club I belong to takes what I would consider a very good approach in getting to solo. You fly a pre-solo full review with the instructor. Once you knock that out, you fly with the Club Owner (who is also an FAA DPE). Then he says yay/nay/ or yes, but... Then you solo. I felt really good, but for some reason when he had me demonstrate a power off stall, my brain kind took a nap on me. I know how to do this, even more so, I know how to prevent it! It dawned on me, my CFI has probably been 'too' helpful up until now and not let me just venture on without a peep just to test me along the way. I always had a little word here or there from the right seat just polishing the fine points but during the maneuver. Turns out (at least this is what I believe) I think today was the first time I was truly on my own for all maneuvers. You could ask me anything about whatever maneuver and I'm 90-100% sure I could talk it through just fine. But for whatever reason - that didn't go so well today. I've read that some days you just have off days. I've also read that you need to have a bad short term memory - forget the bad that just happened. So today I wasn't proud, in fact down right disappointed. I know that today's flight was not me and I am better than that. But now I'm pi$$ed, and more determined than even what I thought I was before. We're going back up tomorrow morning. Tonight I'm going to chair fly everything in a quiet room somewhere just to rehearse. The expectation is not that I'm perfect as this is not a real check ride... but today I just stumbled a little too much. So now I've shared my $chit day with you, I've got it out of my head, now I'm going to just Keep Focusing Forward (KFF!)! That is all, not looking for pep talks, just had to get that out there - learning to fly has definitely been humbling! And today was a prime example. Safe flying everyone!