I’ve been unicycling for nearly a year now, and it’s been a wonderful adventure so far. When I first started posting here in November of last year, I was still pedaling while holding onto a fence. Now I can ride for 14 miles, juggle while unicycling, ride backwards somewhat, and also sort of idle. The advice and encouragement I’ve received from this forum has been extremely valuable.
So today I finally got around to filming myself doing backwards figure 8s on my 24", and idling, the 2 skills I’ve been working on the most. I appreciate any criticism or input.
Criticize my technique all you want, and I apologize for the quality of the backwards video, I was afraid I’d hit the camera going backwards so I went a little too far away from it. My biggest problem with backwards seems to be having a favorite side, which doesn’t happen anymore with going forwards(this used to be a major problem). It feels much easier going counterclockwise than clockwise for some reason. My worst falls while doing figure 8s were while going clockwise. I know, I just have to practice more.
My all time record for backwards is around 1/2 a mile(rough estimate) without dismounting or a UPD by doing big circles in this large courtyard, which I did on Monday. When I dismounted in the video, my legs started feeling worn out.
When it comes to idling my biggest issues are using my arms too much and that I slowly shift rightward. Maybe my idles are too big? The leg opposite the down foot is pushing me rightward? Whatever the case may be, I slowly go rightward, though it’s not as bad as before and I can sometimes reverse this if I use enough force.
Feel free to criticize my technique all you want, go ahead and nitpick. If you think I should give up unicycling because I’m too ugly for it, go right ahead and say it if that’s what you truly believe. TIA.