Attempting to get back in the saddle of my giraffe

I retrieved my 5 foot giraffe from storage yesterday and after a long, tiring day, I went out at around 11:30pm (to avoid heavy car/foot traffic and being laughed at by lots of people) to see if I would have any luck free mounting it. I didn’t. The last time I rode a giraffe was around the same timeframe my video was made, so it’s been over 15 years. I figured learning how to free mount my giraffe again would be good training for falling and that it was! I didn’t count but I’d estimate I had about 15 attempts or so. I started remembering that I think it’s easier to push the frame in front of myself a bit and then as I stepped from the tire on to the lower pedal, I pulled it back under me. That seemed to work better. I also had better attempts when I told myself (and listened to my own advice) to take my time and not try to rush to climb up the pole so fast. Out of about 15 attempts, I got on to the seat and started to pedal (or idle) about four times, but immediately fell off. I think my brain is tuned to the 36er, so pedaling a 20" wheel after such a long time was making things tricky for me. But falling and landing on my feet helped build my confidence even though being unsuccessful at mounting was a bummer. In hindsight, I think I would have been much better off just getting on the giraffe with whatever assistance I could figure out (perhaps a signpost or light pole) and then riding the giraffe again for a little while before jumping right into free mounting. That way I would have known if the seat height is set properly (I think it is, but I’m not certain) and I would have acclimated myself to riding a 20" wheel unicycle before going right to trying to climb up the thing. Also, since I am attempting not to push myself too hard too fast, I think I will limit myself to 10 attempts per day, no more than every other day. In any case, this whole process of getting back into unicycling again is great fun and I am really enjoying being able to have discussions about it with fellow one-wheelers from all over the world and to learn about what other riders are doing. If you giraffe riders have any good tips you think are helpful, don’t hesitate to post. It’s been a while since I’ve been up there and I probably don’t remember all the techniques that make getting up there easier.