I’ve seen it somewhere (probably here) that a good metric for ones balancing ability is the time one can stand on one leg with ones eyes closed. The kids and I have often had fun trying this, and usually I can last about ten - twenty seconds.
This evening, I found something totally unexpected. If I keep my hands in my pockets, I can balance on one leg with my eyes closed for much longer, about twice as long.
Why? Does this apply to anyone else? Will this help my cycling?
Interesting. I’ll have to try this when I’m not at work where people would stand outside my office wondering what the heck I’m doing.
I know that I’m always doing little things to practice my balance (I need all the help I can get). Like putting on socks and shoes and even tying my shoes. I’ll just stand on one foot while I do these things. I’ve been working on doing a complete still-stand on my uni too. I find it incredibly difficult and so far have only managed a few seconds. If I’m out walking and I see a rail or a thin curb, I’ll try to walk it as far as I can. Balance has become an obsession.
I think that might have come off of the “More than Human” clip from the discovery channel. It was about Kris Holm, and they determined that he was more than human, whatever that means. I don’t know where the original link was, but I thought it was from Leo V’s website (www.unicyclist.org).
Anyways, I’ve done that, but not with hands in pockets. I find that I do better with shoes, though.
I did better than KH… Does that make me a mutant?! [/sarcasm]