I do want Cate to learn to ride a bike because any form of exercise she likes is a good thing and as she gets older it is a valid possibility for transportation. So our upcoming beach trip offered all of us the motivation we needed to buckle down and practice. The place we are staying has two adult bikes and is on the boardwalk to the beach. A friend told me her kids rode to the beach everyday and I could immediately see how much easier that trip would be then walking back and forth multiple times a day. So I started talking up the bike riding and then last week as soon as the weather turned nice, I piled both bikes into the car and headed to new park with plenty of good flat bike practice area. At the time I was pretty sure I was crazy to head our on this venture to teach both girls basically from scratch by myself. I was amazed at how well our first outing went. The girls were both excited by the promise if they learned to ride all the way around the circle (a 1/4 mile walking track) that they could ride to the beach on vacation. We donned all the pads and helmets then right off the bat Cate went a few feet with no help. She was determined to get it so she practiced by herself while I helped Lucy learn for a while. Within a half hour Lucy was off and running giving me some time to work with Cate. Both girls had trouble getting started in certain pedal positions but overall they were moving in the right direction. Cate's biggest problem is watching her feet instead of the road ahead. So she that first day she had some falls because she overturns the front wheel to the left getting the wheel sideways and dumping her off. But every time she cried for a minute, accepted a kiss, then said she wanted to try again. By the end of that day she was going for decent distances. Since then we've tried a couple more times and they just keep getting better. On Friday we demo'd for daddy and I actually got a short video of Cate.
She is still a riding pretty slow but she is pretty darn steady and getting the hang of the motor planning and coordination required. I think it will be a while before we take off the training wheels but I don't doubt someday we'll get there - this momma is just not in any hurry!!!