Yesterday, I had one of the coolest experiences of my life so far. I strapped on a parachute and a hopped into the front seat of a capable, purpose-built aerobatic airplane. A friend of mine offered to take me up in celebration of my finally passing the checkride.
I'm not including too many details out of respect for his privacy--I'd really like to be able to do this again sometime--but rest assured that everything was safe, legal, and in accordance with the FARs.
Honestly, I was very nervous about getting sick, but it was a non-issue. I experienced aileron rolls, inverted flight, loops, a hammerhead stall, a couple of 1-turn spins, and an avalanche. It was shocking how responsive this airplane was, and I did a really crappy job trying to fly it. Sensory overload. The peak needles on the g-meter indicated +5g and -1.5g, so he took it easy on me--I wimped out on some of the more violent maneuvers for fear of getting sick. I've never felt g-forces like that before, but it was not nearly as bad as I had anticipated.
The weirdest sensation was rolling through inverted, even though aileron rolls are the most gentle maneuver. It just took me a while to get used to rolling completely over. I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to witness spins. As a primary student, I was taught the religion of stall/spin avoidance but a spin was never demonstrated (lawyers and insurance companies are probably to blame). One of these days I will take spin/upset training.