Giving it a shot!

Jill A very accomplished, eight-year old Shot Putter named Jill visited today to learn to ride a bike.  Plus, her five-year old brother, Caden.  The two of them were full of questions, energy, and enthusiasm.  It was a warm day, but both kids didn’t seem to notice.  Interestingly, Jill is accustomed to proper form when throwing her shot put.  But on the bike, she had to learn to relax the top half of her body.  Her arms were often stiff and straight.  When Caden first started the lesson, he had to learn to keep his feet on the pedals (he’d say the pedals would turn and his feet would slip off!).

Although both are fast runners, when the bikes starting getting just a little bit faster, they got nervous.  We got past that, and had fun with the slo-motion fall to remind them that the ground is very close and there’s not a big deal with a little scrape.  Eventually, we made the decision to have Cade practice what he learned at home to get a little further and let me focus just on Jill.

Within a few tries, she was getting better and better and then…target achieved.  Jill was riding on her own.  That’s when I saw the biggest smiles of the day.  Now it’s time for both to practice and get more comfortable.  Congrats on learning to ride, Jill.  And Cade, you’re almost there!

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