An early start to a long day ahead. I pre flight N65021 for an hour of IFR work. This is not the normal lesson aircraft I use but the added requirement of Carb heat will make me think when needed. My CFI has me climb out to the SW while we transfer control of the plane so I can put those "really cool" glasses on. A few unusual attitudes went well, followed by intercepting VOR's. I guess the late baseball game coupled with an early start and a brain fart sounded good but the plain fact was I was not on my game. Oh the heading control, altitude and wings level were fine but I was clueless on my location relative to the VOR.
When given an intercept course I would set up just fine, ID the station and dial in for the course or direct to. When asked my location I blanked, I gave the heading to/from the station and then my actual heading, then blanked, then retraced my steps. Ok finally on track. The next go round same thing just not with it today, feeling like I really dropped the ball.
I am now given the direct to MXE command and I follow all the above mentioned procedures. Once the TO flag switches I turn to follow the 54* FROM radial. Finally, off come the foggles and there is N99 about 6 miles out. I announce my position and intentions and enter the pattern at a 45* to the right downwind to runway 9. I do a soft field landing and fight my way in. I needed to slip in and I fought it in instead. The landing is ok, it just would have been Soooooo much easier slipping it in instead of fighting it
Lessons learned......Don't put myself in a bad situation
Next lesson is Sunday and the test prep begins.