Eyes on the Prize

Aadhya Today, nine-year old Aadhya came by for a lesson with her new pink bike.  And it was an early one, 8:15 AM.  Usually, I run at that time to avoid the heat of the day, but Aadhya’s mom had the same wish.  So we started early although it did warm up pretty fast anyway.  Aadhya had good balance from the start, but she had a (common) fascination with the ground below her feet.  Many kids want to look down instead of where they’re going.  It took a lot of practice to get all the elements of cycling in place.  Since she’s a great listener she knew what to do and just had to apply it.  Stopping was a bit of challenge as she had to think about which pedal to push backwards/down.

Even towards the end of the lesson, she’d feel more comfortable peeking at the ground below her. I told her she had to stare at something in the distance and aim the bike towards it.  We set goals for making it all the way down the street without looking down.  And then, she had a short snack and water break.  After that was her big moment to shine.  She could get all the way down without my help.  Soon after, all the way down and back.  She was riding solo.  We were both sweaty and tired at that point.  Even though the day was just beginning for all the neighbors!

Congrats, Aadhya!  Nice job overcoming your fears (even after stopping abruptly a few times) and learning to ride!

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