Monday, May 25, 2009

Bike Riding

Before surgery, Jessie was a pro at riding her bike. She learned how to ride a bike without training wheels when she was 4 years old. After surgery, we gave her bike away, and began work on a rehab tricycle.

Well, now we think that we may be able to teach her to ride a bike again, so this weekend we bought Jessie a new bike, and began the process of teaching her to ride again. Our Goal this summer is to teach her how to ride a bike again without training wheels. It may be a lofty goal, and we may fail, but you never get anywhere in this life without risking failure.

So, now we start over with training wheels, and a kid who can't grip with her left hand, or keep her left foot on the pedal. Her balance is shot and she is scared to death of falling over. Look out world here comes Jessie!!

First step is to try to get her comfortable on the bike again, then teach her to pedal again. Then depending on the training wheels for balance, steering, anticipation of turns, leaning, etc... Oh my gosh, what have we gotten ourselves into. Anyway, in August, we are going to San Antonio for a special camp called "Lose the Training Wheels". Where we will spend a final week and hopefully lose the training wheels. Check out their website. http://www.losethetrainingwheels.org/

Here is a short video of Jessie back on the horse...so to speak. She has a looooong way to go.


video

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

And now, on to the horse therapy. You are on a roll!!

Gas Family said...

She looks pretty good to me!! This girl is amazing, she will accomplish this as well.

Anonymous said...

Jessie - That was GREAT!
caren

Jane Stefanik said...

WAY TO GO JESSIE!!!

Ann Stoermer said...

Very cool.