It’s never too late to learn a new skill - My experience in learning how to bike

 

This was first written in August 2011, published in the note in my facebook account.  I decided to publish this article in my blog as well.  The entire event took place in August 2011.

 

I have not ridden a bike since I grew up.  I started thinking of learning how to bike when I got a job after I graduated from graduate school.  I have been looking to see if there were courses that taught people how to bike but I couldn't find one.  Don't laugh at me.  I didn't know that learning to bike could be that easy.  As our kids start to grow up, my ability to bike becomes more important to allow me to enjoy the joy of biking in our park together with our kids rather than just running after them.  I started surfing online to see how people learn to bike at an older age.  I was surprised to see that there were people in their middle to old age who were still learning how to bike.  Anyway, I thought that if they could learn to bike and if the toddlers could as well, why can't I?  I bought a bike last weekend (in the week of August 20th, 2011), one with seat low enough that my feet could reach the ground (I am a timid person), took the pedals off and glided for 2 minutes the first day.  Put on the pedals again and learned to brake and glide for 5 minutes the second day.  Tried to put both of my feet on the pedal and glided for 5 minutes again the third day.  Tried to pedal the bike with both feet for 5 minutes the fourth day.  Tried turning the bike for 5 minutes in circles, uphill and back downhill the fifth day.  I am still very nervous.  However, I seem to be able to claim that I can bike now after 22 minutes of learning to bike.  I am so proud of myself of learning a new skill at my age.  Don't ask how old I am.

 

Written by Elisa English

On August 27, 2011

Republished on March 19, 2012.

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