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Old 01-12-2012, 08:35 AM
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Man you all learned pretty early. I guess I'm a late bloomer as usual.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:38 AM
Location: FL
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Ride a bike 4yrs 7months all I neded was my dad to hold the bike up once
Swim 5yrs. fromally 18yrs a much better way to learn is at the YMCA
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:33 AM
Location: A Yankee in TN
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Swimming at age 7 when we moved to a town on Lake Michigan, no lessons other than my dad tossing me in and telling me to keep my head up.Did get lessons a few years later when he realized I wasn't going to progress much past dog paddling on my own, lol.
Bike riding must have been somewhere between 5 and 7, can't say for sure.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:38 AM
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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Swimming, very early, I know it was before I was in kindergarden and I do remember riding a bike before Kindergarden so it would have been before the age of 5 for both. I remember riding my bike to school when I was in the first grade....wasn't allowed in Kindergarden.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:59 AM
Location: las vegas nevada
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I never learned how to ride a bike
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:02 PM
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Both pretty early maybe 5 or 6.

I grew up in Minnesota and learned to ice skate around the same age. They made a ice rink in the playground during winter and most kids skated during the winter months. I'm not ancient (mid 40's) but I doubt very much that they do that sort of thing anymore?
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:14 PM
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I moved out of MN about 8 years ago, but the park that was adjacent to where I was living had an ice rink in it and it was very popular in the winter

In my hometown in NY we didn't have a rink, but we did have a lake, a bunch of ponds (in reality or lake was pretty much a pond......) and for a long time they would freeze over the tennis court at the elementary school and make a rink ...... they quit doing this when I was pretty young though

I used to be able to skate pretty well as a kid, but pretty much quit when I got into my HS years .... went a few years back and it was a horror show ...... a lot bigger than I used to be and the rented skates didn't fit all that great ....... my wife (MN born) and I (NY born) were getting worked all over the ice by our AZ native friends ...... it brought great shame

as for swimming/biking - I honestly don't ever remember not doing either.

my mom tells a story that shortly after I learned how to walk I took off and jumped into the pool - having one that I had almost daily access to growing up (at my grandmothers house) really made it just part of life ... started "instruction" after kindergarten, but by that time was very comfortable in water

I received my first bike on my 5th birthday and kept it up at my home in the country .... i continued to ride hand me downs from my brother that I kept at my grandmothers house ...... definitely knew how to ride before then and I think I had the common transition at that time from big wheel, to bike with training wheels to bike .... i remember riding my bike to school as early as 1st grade and I think I first made the 5 mile trek through the country between my house and grandmas house in 3rd grade ...... frequently rode to friends homes all over town

I spent a good portion of my summer days as a kid either on a bike or in a pool
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:17 PM
Location: GA
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I remember learning how to doggy paddle in a lake at 4 because my mom or dad walked me out on their shoulders and let me go. Boy was I terrified maybe because another kid drowned there! Around 7, I had 3 years of youth lessons in another lake during chilly mid-west springtime, 7 am a harsh wake-up for sure. Bike riding learned by 6 did it far longer than swimming. Is it just me or are lakes gross as an adult? When I was kid I'd jump in anywhere, now doesn't occur to me but ocean is ok.
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:41 PM
Location: South Carolina - The Palmetto State
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Learned to swim (although I've never been that great at it) at 8 years old - now for biking, 6 years old - and also the exact time Evel Knievel was at his height of popularity. My best friend and I tried to "jump" everything on our bikes.

How we didn't maim ourselves or destroy our bikes beyond (many) repair still amazes me to this day!
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Trimac20 View Post
Man you all learned pretty early. I guess I'm a late bloomer as usual.
I'm a later bloomer than you. LOL

I learned to bike at 8, and to swim at 13.

I'm still not a good swimmer, and hate being in water over my head.
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