Well I had some minor Breakthrough today on the Unicycle. I have many of you here to thank for it … and of course to Chris (Rhysling) who has been my Prime Mover.
I managed to ride, consistently, at least 45+ revolutions of my wheel. I got on my hardwood floor after riding today and measured the distance in a revolution and it came out to 77 inches per revolution.
My max ride was 74 revolutions. That comes to right at 475 feet! Yes!
I think the piece of advice that helped me the most (and several people gave it, but John Foss emphasized it the most) was to just sit down on the seat. Just sit. Make myself sit. Several people told me this when seeing the video I put up ( http://www.lwb.org/vault/public/univault/lewis-ride-6.mpg ).
However, John told me several times, over and over, and in email, to just sit down. I finally did, and practiced going at a less frantic pace. Riding then became much easier. Thanks John!
And thanks to everybody!
I found that my control increased to where I can reliably make the sharp turn at my street corner now, and I can even do it coming back in the right direction. I have no problem riding down into the crosswalk, and I am starting to be able to just control myself more reliably overall. Many times, when making the turn on the corner, I was a little wide, and I found I could just slow down more, keep pedaling, using some gradual body language, and come in under the stop sign without touching it and then just ride on up the sidewalk down the other way.
Once I was at this point, I just practiced over and over. My total practice time today was 95 minutes.
My longest rides (several at 60+) were all because I saw a van parked WAY down the road, and I decided I’m going to do it and I managed to get close several times, and pass it twice.
I even managed several times to transition off the back side of my property after making the stop sign turn, by leaving concrete and hitting trail (slightly muddy too) and riding about 20-30 feet up the mud/grass trail uphill onto Belhaven College property.
Weird. It has been a weird day of unexpected accomplishment. As you can tell, I’m pretty excited! I feel like I broke out enough that I don’t hesitate now to tell people “I can ride the unicycle.”
I still can’t free mount though … thank you Mr. Thirty MPH Street Sign.
Well, I’m hungry and I deserve dinner. Thanks everybody!