Crash and Burn......
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Yep, that was me. . . . . . Crashing and burning with an idea and also literally!
My daughter and I decided to go for a bike ride last night. Just the two of us and then we would ride to my son's football practice and play on the playground. I took her on a path that she has been on dozens of times. But this time I tell her she is going to beat the hill.
There is this steep hill on the path and ever since she started riding she always walks her bike down. Well this time I told her she was going to try it. She was going to try riding down the hill and beat her fear.
So we make it to the top, take a drink, and I try calming her nerves. She keeps telling me that she can't do it and I tell her that I know she can. I decide to show her how easy it can be if she just takes it slow. I started down the hill showing her that she can brake the whole way and even make a sudden stop if she is going slow enough. I stopped in the middle of the hill and watched her come down..... too fast! She is braking the whole time but not slowing down at all. Her face was pure freight as she came up towards me. And it happened so fast but she ended up crashing into me and then went flipping over her bike. Once she hit the pavement she went rolling down the hill a little ways.
I of course drop my bike and run to her. She is just screaming with pain! Her knees are skinned up and her elbow is bleeding. I try to calm her down but it is basically impossible. We washed off her elbow and I wiped it down with my shirt. (it was pink thank goodness....) After 15 minutes or so I finally got her back on her bike to finish the ride. She cried the whole way home.... poor peanut.
Once I get her home we got her all bandaged up (amazing what a little band-aid can do) and then I realize I am in pain. I look down at my left leg and see 2 HUGE knots turning into bruises. Apparently her bike must have hit my left leg. I had a big knot below the back of my knee and then another huge knot on my back thigh. So we both were a little banged up.
So I learned a few lessons last night....
1) I shouldn't push my kids until they are ready and willing. My daughter reminded me the whole way home that she didn't want to try the hill today. She also said that she won't be riding down that hill anymore. Hopefully though, she will try it again maybe next year when she is more experienced.
2) I need to be better prepared. It would have been nice to have a small first aid kit with. And maybe a cell phone if the injury would have been more severe.
So lessons learned and wounds will heal! Hoping to get her back on her bike tonight so that she doesn't shy away from riding anymore. But this time, it will be her pace!