If anyone sees an upcoming COBWEB course or a 2013 training calender, could you give me a shout. I understand that they will most likely start in the Spring, but just wanted to put it out there.
I considered doing IPMBA six or seven years ago when I did COBWEB. I did COBWEB because IPMBA only seems to be held "out west" (cue the banjo music and the snow penises). Five day vs. a three day class and significantly more money spent on lodging vs. staying at home pretty much made up my decision for me.
For the record, after the second day of riding my butt stopped hurting at COBWEB. I got a prostate-friendly seat for the class, so I can't comment on that.
I was so glad my department bought me 5 pair of Pearl Izumi padded riding shorts. No sleepy peepee and I could almost ride all day. Contrast that to the Boston park ranger who showed up with jean shorts and a scroat that probably felt like he had 60 grit sandpaper rubbing it all day, not to mention that sewn seam on the jeans!