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Bunny hop improvements; The bet; Getting older doesn’t mean you have to be old.

Monday, December 14, 2009 by  
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December
14
2009

I had a productive, but fun day yesterday. I did some chores around the house, watched a movie, played some poker and got some bike time in. I decided to stay close to home and not hit the trails for a change. Yesterday I really wanted to continue working on my bunny hop…

On Saturday I managed to do my very first bunny hop. It was a small one, but it felt very satisfying to get that rear tire off the ground. I really only put a grand total of 2 or 3 hours into learning the trick before I managed to pull it off. I’ve read that the bunny hop can be difficult to learn, but I felt like it came pretty easily once I decided to get out there and really focus on learning it.

Getting better

Getting better

Of course getting the basic technique down is just the first step. The next step is working on getting the jump timing down at various speeds and, of course, getting more height. Yesterday I went outside to practice those two things. I only had time to practice for about an hour, but I felt like I made some solid progress. In an hour’s time I progressed from barely being able to do a bunny hop, to doing them consistently and with more height. I started off jumping a broomstick and an old shoe. Once I was able to reliably clear those objects I started hopping an empty 12-pack soda carton. After I was able to jump the soda carton with no trouble, I moved on to an empty garbage bag box, which stands 10 inches high. By the end of the practice session I was clearing the 10 inch box pretty reliably:

My goal is to be able to bunny hop this tree that fell across one of the trails at Big Tree Park.

Bunny Hop Goal

Bunny Hop Goal

I estimate that is at least a 2 foot bunny hop. I told my brother that I want to be able to clear that tree by sometime this summer, he said no way. Of course now we have a bet, and I am definitely going to take his money. 🙂

So while I was outside in the driveway practicing this weekend, I caught a few strange looks from some of my neighbors and people riding by on bikes (they were riding quite maturely, obviously – none of the silly shenanigans I was attempting). At first I felt a little embarrassed, but that was stupid. What’s to be embarrassed about? Yeah, I’m a 41 year old man practicing bunny hops in my driveway, so what? I feel sorry for the people who looked at me like I was off my rocker. It must suck to get to a point in life when trying new things is so scary that you feel the need to look down on those who aren’t dead inside. I don’t ever want to be like that.

It’s leg day, and I think I’m going to do some backyard lunges. Shoot, I may just do them in the front yard today… 🙂

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