Sharing my love for motocross with my girls is so important to me. Not because I want them to love it as much as I do or even pursue it at all, but more for them to see what it has done for me. For them to see what a challenging sport I have dedicated myself to and why. For them to see how the lessons I learn on my bike translate to my life off the track. For them to see how I can become calm in the face of fear. For them to see how it teaches me that great achievements require great discipline. For them to see how it has empowered me to realize that I am capable of far more than I imagined. For them to see that I am encouraged by how far I have come and inspired by how far I still want to go. And certainly for them to see how I persevere even when there is mud flying towards my face.
I got Callie (3) a balance bike for her birthday. I was so surprised when Emily (6) started trying to ride it. She won’t even get on her “big girl bike” with training wheels because she is afraid she will fall. I have to admit, I didn’t know about the balance bike phenomenon when Emily was small. But, it makes perfect sense. Instead of taking training wheels away when the time comes, you just add pedals. Brilliant! Fast forward to Christmas (and after 6 weeks of listening to them fight over the balance bike), I gifted Emily her own balance bike. A Kawasaki resembles a dirt bike balance bike. It’s legit.
When Trav was in Austin over the break, we took the girls to a pump track (like a kid’s BMX track) in Downtown Austin. The girls had a total blast riding around the track. Making friends. Falling down, getting back up. Gaining confidence. They can’t wait to go back.
This is just the beginning. And here are some of my favorite snaps: