Today I flew without my instructor in the cockpit. Started off nervous as hell. Imagine taking the training wheels off your bicycle for the first time, and then peddling down the Alps. That's how I felt at the beginning. After taking off I quickly calmed down and did the required 3 traffic patterns. My landing wasn't the prettiest, but I got it on the ground. I guess that's what really matters. Overall I was pleased, but I still need to work on relaxing in the cockpit. My thighs get a good workout from all of the body english in the cockpit. Overall though I think I am doing pretty well and am loving flying. Only up from here, pardon the pun.