Clarissa learns to cycle!

This deserves a post.

This has been one of the things I wanted to do, but didn’t manage to, due to covid and schedules:

To let Clarissa learn how to cycle!

Since she’s good with the balance bike and the scooter, I’d told the hubs that I think she is quite athletic and should be able to pick it up quite quickly.

So we set our calendars, took leave and carved out a day to take the girls out to the park!

Allie on the scooter and Us on legs to the bicycle rental shop!
We managed to find a nice, quiet spot for her to learn at her own pace!

We had another scooter in the boot of our car, just in case cycling didn’t work out. So really, I didn’t have any expectations as to whether she’d pick it up by today or not.

After going at for less than 30 minutes, the hubs was exhausted and came over to sit down with me. πŸ˜‚ Clarissa continued to try on her own.. and this happened:

I caught her getting the hang of it!

The main challenge for her was to learning how to balance AND pedal at the same time, so I asked her to forget about pedaling first and just trying to balance on the bike like she’d on her balance bike.

Allie doubling up as the instructor to remind Jiejie to balance, pedal and keep going. πŸ˜†

We continued sitting between the swings, watching her from a distance and cheered when she rode a good stretch. We did not manage to capture that first “success” moment on video because we were just chatting. 🀣

And in less than an hour, she did it (again)!

So thrilled and happy for her! ❀

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