Wednesday, March 14, 2012

So proud of these girls

They basically taught themselves to ride their bikes in 2 afternoons.

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I had started by running along with them while holding on to the seat so they could get enough speed and then I could let go. Well, they were so afraid of falling, they would immediately put their feet down. I sure got a work-out, but they were no where near closer to learning to ride. So while I took a break, they came up with plan B on their own.

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Our driveway is slightly sloped to the street. Not a ton, just enough to be able to coast and build up momentum.

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Allison figure it out first. She learned to balance her bike as she coasted long enough to start pedaling. Emily got it figured out by the next day. One of the small tips I shared with them was how to start with one foot on the pedal in the low position and with the other foot to push off of the ground to start the bike rolling. Then just start pedaling. We had about an hour of figuring out how to coordinate that with the steering as well so the bike didn't veer to the right immediately. There were a lot of spills and frustration that first day.

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It wasn't until today that they learned how to use the hand brakes in time to not have to jump off before crashing. We've got a scraped knee and gash in an elbow. But this was also a good lesson about perseverance and how to just get back up and keep trying. They really did a fantastic job with this.

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Sam got a new bike this year and has loved showing me how he can do everything the girls do too.

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They were excited to show Daddy all they could do when he got home tonight. They got a try their skills on the street and can't wait to go out again after dinner.

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Turing is their latest trick. And I say latest as in just the last hour or so. They've only been on their bikes for all of 5 hours over the past two days. Love this weather!

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We are going to have a very fun summer!

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Oops, just realized he had traded in his helmet for his Spidey shades. How did we miss that?

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2 comments:

Ashley said...

too cute! this is something we need to be working on!!!

Jessica said...

Yaaaaayyyy, A & E!!! Way to go!

And Sam - oh my, he is TOO CUTE in his spidey shades!!