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Old 2012-08-14, 07:16 AM   #1
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How to get over beginners anxiety

I started unicycling almost 3 weeks ago, practicing at least an hour a day. Still the furthest I have gone on my own is 15 feet. I have a hard time taking off without any railing, and whenever my friends are watching me I instantly fall off. At this point, I know that I can do it but I get so flustered and anxious that I just force myself to get off. Any advice on keeping myself calm enough to get a little more confidance riding?
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Old 2012-08-14, 02:29 PM   #2
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Practice My motto for teaching my friend to free mount for a show was that if she couldn't free mount 100% of the time in front of me, she would be able free mount 0% of the time in front of a crowd.
Overcoming anxiety is all about confidence which comes as you improve your ability. So yeah, practice
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Old 2012-08-14, 04:58 PM   #3
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I am an entertainer, I have no problem embarrasing myself to strangers. But when my fiance in particular is watching me I get really nervous. I should try headphones...
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Old 2012-08-14, 07:46 PM   #4
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Hey....15 feet unassisted is pretty good going .....when I was learning positive visualization was one of the most helpful things to me. Come to think of it, it still is. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 2012-08-15, 12:24 AM   #5
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Thinking back on the dates I have only been at it for 15 days so I shouldn't be so hard on myself
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Old 2012-08-15, 01:39 AM   #6
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I should try headphones...
i found this helpful as it eliminates distraction so that you can put 100% focus on your riding, just watch out for cars if your on a street.
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Old 2012-08-15, 07:48 PM   #7
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take a couple deep breaths and smile while practicing. Being happy while doing it makes the repetive nature of learning more fun and people usually will do better when there enjoying what there doing. Good luck
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Heck, you can't help but smile ALL the time
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Old 2012-08-16, 04:21 AM   #10
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I started unicycling almost 3 weeks ago, practicing at least an hour a day. Still the furthest I have gone on my own is 15 feet. I have a hard time taking off without any railing, and whenever my friends are watching me I instantly fall off. At this point, I know that I can do it but I get so flustered and anxious that I just force myself to get off. Any advice on keeping myself calm enough to get a little more confidance riding?
Even after 6 years or so of riding I still get somewhat flustered when being subjected to any form of public observation.

I'm even used to doing demo's over the past 40 years (martial arts) for large groups and have made every mistake in the book (have even invented some new ones)

My theory now is this: If the folks watching can do it better then please show me what I'm doing wrong. I'm not above being educated.

Trust me, they won't be showing you much.

Keep riding & having fun, Thats what were in this for.
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Old 2012-08-16, 09:02 AM   #11
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I was wondering why my arms hurt so much after starting to unicycle, then I realized that I haven't juggled in a few weeks. I should take breaks to calm myself with juggling
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Old 2012-08-16, 07:32 PM   #12
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Heh, I've been neglecting juggling since I took up unicycling

I don't know where do you practise, but it helped me a lot to take juggle brakes between sequences of unicycle training. Also music could help you to relax a bit.
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Drink 2 beer

Not enough to get you drunk but enough to unbalance your mental blocks.
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Thinking back on the dates I have only been at it for 15 days so I shouldn't be so hard on myself
Definitely not!

I don't thing unicycling is especially easy to do, and the fact that you're still at it after three weeks is pretty awesome. I have the same issue as you, I get distracted while people are watching and mess up really easy stuff. If you don't really mind it happening, then I'm not sure you need to fix it. If it's a problem, why not have someone watch you practice, maybe every other session? Then you get some sessions to focus, and some that will get you used to having eyes on you while you're unicycling.

Alternatively, Saska's idea, though it sounds a bit goofy, will probably work. But since you're under 21 and in the U.S., perhaps not the best choice.
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I started unicycling almost 3 weeks ago, practicing at least an hour a day. Still the furthest I have gone on my own is 15 feet. I have a hard time taking off without any railing, and whenever my friends are watching me I instantly fall off. At this point, I know that I can do it but I get so flustered and anxious that I just force myself to get off. Any advice on keeping myself calm enough to get a little more confidance riding?
Missnails - as a much more experienced 4 week-er all I can say is as a beginner you will fall off a lot! It is all part of the learning process, so have fun with the falls (but fall safely!) and don't worry about your friends watching. If anything they will be so impressed by the 15 feet you managed to wobble along that they will welcome the pause in proceedings to give you the applause you so richly deserve
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