Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Age is no barrier.

Yesterday I went bike riding with my mum who is 63 years old. Mum hasn't ridden a bike in around 40 years and to see her enjoying herself was absolutely priceless. I must admit, when mum told me she wanted to come riding with me I was a tad scared. I had visions of mum going into some crazy wobbles on the bike and landing face first in the lake, or worse still breaking an arm. That blue wrist strap you see in the photo is hiding mum's latest scar. About 3 months ago she fell over in the bathroom and broke her wrist. I didn't want that happening again. And it didn't.

My mum is one resilient and talented young lady. She got on that bike like she had never been off it. Obviously tackling some small hills were a bit of a challenge but she still did it. What a woman. The only thing I needed to help with was setting the bikes gears onto a setting that was manageable for mum. So off we set for one loop of the lakes which is a 5km distance.

I remember starting off back when I first got my bike and thought that 5km hurt bad, but not my mum, she smiled the whole way. Her laughs could be heard I am sure from the other side of the lake's system. She pedalled really easily and you could see her mind wonder back to the days when she was younger and would ride with her brother. Mum often recalls those memories with such affection but also with a yearning to get back what she once had. And why couldn't she. Every Tuesday is now our day where we go and have fun bike riding.

I look forward to watching mum enjoy herself every week. And set new challenges for herself on a weekly basis. I love her lots and love seeing her happy.


  1. Barbie, My beautiful Daugther. Is because of you and my family that i want to live.
    And yes I enjoyn my bike ride with you, so very much. with the way you are, you make it to be ease

  2. I am so glad you are loving your bike riding. It is not hard to tell, I think I can see you smile from the other side of the lakes. I am so very impressed with your determination to complete 10kms this week.Job well done. I wonder where I get my strength and stubborness from ?


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