Look Mom, No Brakes!

Adam 9-year old Adam came early today in our effort to beat the heat.  Well, it was 92F by 9:15.  So much for that idea.  He was a trooper nonetheless.  Fortunately, he caught on very fast.  Lots of little adjustments lead to lots of big accomplishments.  In the end, braking was his toughest lesson (he almost ran into his mom!).  There are three steps, not one, to braking.  And the second one is hold the brake until you actually stop.  Adam got it in the end (students can’t leave the lesson until they do, of course).

For grins, I threw on my Garmin watch and HR monitor to see what run data looks like from a lesson.  Since Adam learned quickly, we only did .8 miles of back and forth on my street.  Typically, students are here a little over an hour, but the actual “moving time” is only 10 minutes.  A lot of instruction, trust-building, water brakes, and review take up the rest.  Considering the heat and the fact that I stay by my students’ side the whole time (if only for encouragement and direction when they don’t need my hand on the shoulder or saddle), I’m thankful it’s only 10 minutes of running!  Especially older kids–they get moving fast once they get it! Like 6:30min/mile fast.

Great job Adam–you’re off and rolling now!


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