Down, but not out.

Laura Today’s student, seven-year old Laura, was sweet, polite, ready to work, but also a bit nervous.  No more or less than most who come to learn to ride on two wheels with me.  But enough that the fear would stay with her most of the lesson.  Even after my fun slow-motion (basically at a stand still) practice fall.  We both fell on the ground to see how short of distance it really is from pedal to pavement.  Nothing like falling out of tree or off a ladder, anyway.

Laura and I made quick progress and she was really starting to concentrate on all the things I told her (and less about falling).  But then, as it sometimes happens, she took a turn to tightly and down she went.  I scooped her up before she could even realize what happened, but reality set in fast.  She had fallen and started to cry.  Normally, I handle the situation solo, but this time I let her parents jump in, too (asking them to bring a drink of water).  And then came the critical moment–would she get back on.  All indicators pointed to “no” as she held tight to her mom and refused.

But, I jumped back in and asked her to sit on her bike seat and talk to me.  We discussed all the things she was doing right and how far she had come.  And how the fall happened not because she didn’t know what she was doing, but just because of a silly circumstance.  And slowly, we got back to work.  And within 10 minutes, she was riding solo for the first time.  It was almost as if the fall helped–it showed her she could fall and still get up and ride again.  It took some extra bravery and trust, and she provided both.

Congrats to you, Laura. 

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1 Response to “Down, but not out.”


  1. 1 Rosilene Bullon February 21, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Hi Coach Jeff,

    I’m from Brazil and my English is not perfect but I have to leave a comment on this article because Coach Jeff changed completely the path of my child. This is priceless.

    Thank you very much for your time Coach. It was unbelievable to be able to see Laura riding by herself today. When she was 5 years old she felt down on her bicycle. After that I can’t teach her properly. She was afraid about riding.

    She did’t meet coach Jeff before and she started to ride by herself 1hour later. Coach was so professional and know exactly what to do. Laura is happy and more confident than before.

    We will continue practice more and more.

    Thank you very much again. May God bless you and your family in a special way.

    Sincerely, Rosilene Bullon


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