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2011/074: No More Training Wheels

Sara finally learned to ride her bike without her training wheels!
This was at the Junior Highschool track. Unfortunately she fell just a few minutes before I took this picture. She scraped her ankle and the handlebar hit her in the chin, leaving a small bruise. She was close to crying but she didn’t. (Tough cookie, that one!) Even so, she wasn’t happy that I made her get back on the bike before heading home, so I could get some pictures.

13 responses

  1. Becky Sue

    Good for her! Casey hasn’t learned yet to ride without training wheels but as soon as we have warm days we’ll start practicing.

    15. March, 2011 at 06:12

    • How old is Casey? Sara is almost 8. Greg tried to talk her into letting him take her training wheels off last year, but she just wasn’t ready yet (and even WITH the training wheels she kept falling. No idea how she managed that! LOL)
      This year was much better, it only took her three days without the training wheels to figure it out πŸ™‚

      15. March, 2011 at 07:12

  2. doreen3boys

    lol, I was expecting her to be flying around w/ a huge smile on her face. Go Sara Go, it will get easier!

    15. March, 2011 at 07:02

    • She was at first πŸ™‚ But then she fell and that was that. At least for that day. He ankle was pretty banged up, though, and was probably stinging pretty bad where she scraped the skin off. She was limping the rest of the day πŸ™‚

      15. March, 2011 at 07:14

  3. That certainly is one determined look there… Ain’t it a wonderful sight though when they finally fail to realise you’ve let go of the bike, and are no longer running along behind holding them up… lol… Congrats to her.. πŸ™‚

    15. March, 2011 at 10:20

  4. Woo hoo! Way to go, Sara! πŸ˜€

    We’ve already established a looooong time ago that you are a mean mother….and your girls will thank you for it!

    15. March, 2011 at 11:57

  5. plainmama

    Congrats Sara!!!! I’m sure it was a special moment for both of you!

    15. March, 2011 at 12:08

  6. I remember when my daughter fell of her horse for the first time. If she didn’t get right back on then, I doubt she ever would have. Go for you to get it back in the saddle again before the hurts brought back the fear.

    15. March, 2011 at 14:48

  7. Thank you!
    Tracy, if you ask Sara, she doesn’t think I’m mean πŸ˜‰
    Amy, I wasn’t there when she first rode by herself without the training wheels, that’s a daddy/daughter moment πŸ™‚

    15. March, 2011 at 15:03

  8. Yay Sara! It keeps getting easier – she will have so much fun this summer. I can’t wait for it to stop raining so we can get the bikes out.

    15. March, 2011 at 15:11

  9. Good for your Sara! My Sarah never did figure it out. I think her sense of balance may be off from her ear issues, but then, she was never overly motivated to do it either!

    15. March, 2011 at 17:13

  10. dalia

    WTG Sara!!!! Sam learned last summer, this summer I am going to try to teach Rachel.

    16. March, 2011 at 07:56

  11. Dear Hubby

    Days gives a false interval. It was 3 days but 1 20-ish minute session each day before dinner. Sara and Melissa both got it at the start of the 3rd session. Sara’s problem is her reliance on training wheels. The roads are slated steeply here so she learned to lean very far into the road to keep from tipping. Now that is her 1st instinct is to lean instead of using muscle to keep it upright. Well that and not ever thinking of breaks 1st then feet on the ground. She always tries to stop herself with feet 1st and forgets she has breaks.

    My advice s to try and start your kids learning without training wheels if at all possible. Melissa seemed to be much better off not having to break old habits.

    16. March, 2011 at 18:56

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