Ok, BB is all better thanks to my lovely ayi Liu Shi Hong. She even got me a new basket with a nice butterfly on the front.
So this afternoon I struggled to get BB back out of the apartment and to begin to learn to balance and ride this thing. The circuit inside the apartment complex is an oval and I figured this would be a good place to practise. So out I go. Get on the bike, turn on the bike, turn the throttle and start to tip over. Off I went with one foot on the ground balancing and one on the bike. This is how I went around the first circuit. It took a long time. I wanted to give up but I didn’t. That time it took me about 15 minutes to get around the circuit.
The second circuit was a bit better. I had figured out that there was a nice gentle speed that would keep me on the bike so I tried for that. It was hard adjusting to the weight of the bike though. I was getting a bit better – not much – but a bit. An old couple were walking around the complex and were going faster than I was. They very quickly realized that I was trying to learn to do something new and kept smiling. I wobbled by them a couple of times.
I was really tired by the third time but I decided to give it another go. I did well – it sure wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t straight but I was starting to stay on the bike for longer period of time. I finally was able to go about 1/4 of the way around the circuit without having to rebalance myself. When I finally decided to stop my wrists were hurting and my shoulders were hurting but I had been successful.
People that saw me were really supportive. One of the guards gave me a thumbs up as I wobbled by. 🙂
Tomorrow is another day and another time to practice. I am proud of myself today…..I got out there.