Lisa has owned her Inmotion wheel for less than 2-weeks but was frustrated at not being able to ride. All she could manage was to climb on top of the wheel and pull herself along a wall or railing.
She reached out for help on Facebook. I saw her post and since she was within driving distance of me, I offered to help if she was willing to hop in the car for a 10-mile drive.
At the appointed time this morning we met on one of our river bicycle trails. She with her Inmotion V8 and me on my Mten3. I gave her "watch me" lessons on mounting, dismounting, and riding. I had her practice dismounting from a standstill and then a fair amount of time doing rolling mounts (without actually mounting).
Then we moved to the broomstick approach that I saw @who_the demonstrate on one of his training sessions that he was giving. In my case I was using a stout camera mono-pod.
Finally it was time to separate her from any external supports. I was committed to getting her divorced from dependencies on railing or walls. Starting at a standstill while holding onto a railing she would start moving forward and then I had her push away from the railing. She didn't go far, but this was the beginning of establishing the needed muscle memory. Repeat, repeat, and repeat. She was getting better and better.
And I trained her on rolling starts so that she could avoid the whole Hop-Starts that many of us began with. So much nicer.
I then let her get on the Mten3 (while standing next to the railing). Once she started moving and let go, she had it. I now see that the Mten3 is an amazing wheel to help someone learn to balance. We did many runs with the Mten3 and towards the end she looked like she could just about go forever. This was a big psychological boast, and when she went back to the V8 her balance was noticeably better.
And after a total of 2-hours of training, look what she can do
I'd call this a success
Although she wanted to join us on our Hooters ride tomorrow she still needs a little more practice. But it won't be too long before we have a new rider on our hands. Expect to see Lisa in one of our future group rides.