TLDR: This is an experiment that consists only of recording the amount of times you attempt to do each skill. I put a cap at 1,000 so this doesn’t ruin our entire lives.
I was practicing at the park, failing at the stand-up one-foot wheel walk, when I imagined myself getting on this forum and asking someone who knew this skill, “How many times did you try this before you saw ‘x amount’ of success?”
And then I thought, “They would think that was a very weird question, and what’s more, I would only get approximate answers the accuracy of which I would have no way of being able to judge.”
So, I’m doing it myself. And I just told my friend about this experiment, and he thought it was a good idea, and I told him it would be much better if I had several subjects, so he agreed to take part in this as well. If any of you would like to also, post in here and let me know - I only ask that you make an effort to be accurate.
Each attempt to perform each skill will count as 1.
This means that you will reach 1,000 hops pretty quickly - or at least comparably quickly.
But each wheel walk is only 1 rep, no matter how many revolutions of the tire you make.
So there will be a difference, I suspect, in the amount of times necessary to learn different skills, not only because of the difficulty of the skills, but because of their duration. I have not found a way to counterbalance this, and the only reason I would need to would be to determine, based on number alone, how difficult these skills are to learn. As far as I can tell, accounting for the difference in duration is not possible to do accurately - I believe this for a variety of reasons which I will not bore you with, but you can let me know if you disagree.
A comparison will be possible after only 50 or 100 reps, I suppose, but I’m carrying the experiment to 1,000.
Another thing which we must account for intuitively, since an accurate system is not quite possible to measure this, is how good we are at the skills to begin with. I would rather start counting my wheel walks at ‘1’ tomorrow than to add a few hundred based on a guess. The data for these skills will be tainted, but there’s really nothing I can do about that…