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Another kind of inspirational photo...(22 posts)

Another kind of inspirational photo...MikeC
Jan 28, 2002 11:07 AM
Ok, I admit it's partially sentimental drivel.
Nevertheless, this picture is of my two daughters, ages 6 and 8, at the 60-mile rest stop on the first day of our MS150 ride last year. Yes, they were fully registered participants, and they made it all the way into Ocean City, NJ despite a 20+ mph headwind over the last several miles.
Hey, I find that inspirational!
PS- The bike on the left is a 7-speed Schwinn Speedster, and the other is a 21-speed Trek Mountain Track 220.
That's a winner. Hands down! (nm)morrison
Jan 28, 2002 11:11 AM
re: Another kind of inspirational photo...tempeteKerouak
Jan 28, 2002 11:27 AM
Well done.

There's a real world out there, full of simple feasable great accomplishments.

Puts everything back into perspective. Could I recognise a hero if he/she stood in front of me?

And thank you!
holy cowDog
Jan 28, 2002 11:31 AM
That's great. They rode 60 miles? Wow. --- RAAM 2014?

re: Another kind of inspirational photo...Dave Hickey
Jan 28, 2002 11:40 AM
That is an amazing accomplishment at ages 6 and 8. What did they think of the ride? I find adults can fight through bonking and fatigue but children tend to give up easier. My kids don't cycle, but they speedskate with me. They are much faster for short distances than I am but they cannot go for more than an hour.

A big pat on the back to the girls and their parents!!!
What we learnedMikeC
Jan 28, 2002 11:55 AM
They both want to do it again this year.
I replaced the knobby tires on their bikes with the smoothest treads I could find, and got them both comfortable saddles. The ride was at the end of September, and during the summer they did five or six rides of about 20 miles, and another dozen or so 10+ milers. We made sure that they stayed well-hydrated, and they ate the same energy bars as we did.
The biggest motivation, however, was the t-shirt, the comments of the adults along the way, and the ability to tell their classmates that they had done it.
We also discovered that the best way to keep kids riding on a long trip is to separate them a little from other kids. If you pair one kid with one adult, it seems to go much better than having several kids clustered together. It's less competitive and more collaborative with their "partner," and they don't pick up on other kids' whining and start up themselves.
Jan 28, 2002 11:51 AM
Congrats to them and to you.
inspirational photoTig
Jan 28, 2002 12:15 PM
You must be a proud dad! That is truly inspirational. 60 miles is a very long way for those two, and even longer with the headwind. Completing it shows their character.
I am impressedSpinchick
Jan 28, 2002 12:31 PM
AND inspired. Can't wait to be able to cruise alongside my daughter on a ride in a couple of years. She does love her bike - and she's especially psyched about riding w/o the training wheels. She can actually do it now but doesn't know it yet (the training wheels haven't touched the ground the last two rides).

Pedal on...
How old is she? Santa brought my 3 yr old a bike . . .morrison
Jan 28, 2002 12:37 PM
and I can't get her to ride it! I asked her why, and she said she doesn't want to fall and skin her knee. (That one's my fault for letting her glimpse my hip to knee road rash!) Any advice? I'm inclined to just leave it alone with the idea that she'll climb on it when she's ready.
take off the pedalsColnagoFE
Jan 28, 2002 1:01 PM
and let her scoot around on it. Forget training wheels. they really don't help them to learn how to ride IMO. Best thing for my kid was to take the pedals off and let him scoot to feel the balance of the bike. I think he was 3- or maybe 4. He learned in an afternoon and soon the pedals were on and he was off.
Great idea! Thanks. (nm)morrison
Jan 28, 2002 1:30 PM
wish I thought of thatdzrider
Jan 29, 2002 7:44 AM
Our boys also learned w/o training wheels and your way may have been quicker. The picture and postings bring back wonderful memories of our boys and their outings. If we told them they could do it, they believed it and did it.
Has she asked to ride the rollers yet?MB1
Jan 28, 2002 12:51 PM
Or does she think mom is just some kind of nutcase adult?
Has she asked to ride the rollers yet?Spinchick
Jan 28, 2002 3:51 PM
Well, no not yet and yes, probably. She does think it a little strange to pedal your butt off and not GO anywhere.
She is wise beyond her years! nmMB1
Jan 28, 2002 4:16 PM
Damn! That is amazing! NMLen J
Jan 28, 2002 2:06 PM
THE inspirational tornado head
Jan 28, 2002 7:56 PM
Like most people, I am very impressed. Congrats all around.

Now you can tell them that they are famous worldwide!

For the record, here's my inspirational photo. They don't ride as much as your girls, and would rather pickup one of my guitars and make a lot of noise (not unlike their father). Still, they're what keep me going.
MikeC, You are truly blessed...ACE-
Jan 28, 2002 9:57 PM
Stay ever-thankful.
re: Another kind of inspirational photo...netso
Jan 29, 2002 4:51 AM
Now this is really inspirational. As a father I am most proud of my childrens accomplishments than those of great athletes who get paid a lot of money. Hurrah for your girls!
RIGHT ON Mike! Kids definetly rule!!! (NM)RayBan
Jan 29, 2002 6:15 AM
Personally, I'd like to see more naked girlfriends...(nm)Retro
Jan 29, 2002 8:24 AM