Beginners and experts.... my daily progress.

Well I’ve been out practicing for a few days now, learning to unicycle by
riding a boardwalk between two handrails.

Today progress was made in that it didn’t take much conscious effort to
get away from either handrail and ride in the centre for several yards
at a time.

My fear of falling is much lessened. Decent is much more controled and I
usually just kind of walk off albeit ungracefully.

In an effort to help other beginners I would like to give my beginner’s
perspective on something that helped me today.

I’ve known that it helps to sit up straight and put your weight on the
saddle but specifically what helped me today was well… basically leading
with my chest. If I sit right up as though I’m really, really proud of
myself and puff out my chest that seems to put my body in just the right
position for progressive movement forward.

One thing I’d like to ask experts. When I feel that my unicycle is
tilting sideways out of alignment with my body the inside of my calves
want to slide up against the fork to push the unicycle up out of its tilt
rather than just using lateral force/traction against the peddles. Is
this unusual?

I also started making ‘attempts’ to freemount today. At least the thing
didn’t shoot uncontrolably out from under me.

All in all good progress was made today and soon I’ll be able to leave my
boardwalk behind.

Christopher Grove


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> At least the thing didn’t shoot uncontrolably out from under me.

Ah ! Ah !

I like that expression !

Christ.

“Christopher Grove” <c_r_grove@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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>
> One thing I’d like to ask experts. When I feel that my unicycle is
> tilting sideways out of alignment with my body the inside of my calves
> want to slide up against the fork to push the unicycle up out of its
> tilt rather than just using lateral force/traction against the peddles.
> Is this unusual?

I use my arms for balance when I feel the unicycle is tilting to one side.
In severe cases I might twist my upper body at the waist, to throw the
weight of my shoulders to one side.

Today, Saturday, I did still better as would be expected. I went several
yards more on my boardwalk than the other day.

Interestingly I realized one more thing about my posture that hopefully
might help beginners. (I really like to analyse things.)

In my first post of this thread I mentioned sitting tall and… “leading
with my chest. If I sit right up as though I’m really, really proud of
myself and puff out my chest that seems to put my body in just the right
position for progressive movement forward.”

Today I noticed that while doing this it helped to angle my feet downward
on the peddles. I don’t know exactly why. It may have something to do
with forcing you to lean forward even though you are sitting nice and
erect. Dunno.

Has anyone noticed this in particular before?

If anyone has noticed any very subtle nuances of posture please
chime in. :slight_smile:

Christopher

Today, Saturday, I did still better as would be expected. I went several
yards more on my boardwalk than the other day.

I was even able to ride up and down the wheelchair ramp… with the
occasional touch of the railing. What a tricky feeling going down was.

Interestingly I realized one more thing about my posture that hopefully
might help beginners. (I really like to analyse things.)

In my first post of this thread I mentioned sitting tall and… “leading
with my chest. If I sit right up as though I’m really, really proud of
myself and puff out my chest that seems to put my body in just the right
position for progressive movement forward.”

Today I noticed that while doing this it helped to angle my feet downward
on the peddles. I don’t know exactly why. It may have something to do
with forcing you to lean forward even though you are sitting nice and
erect. Dunno.

Has anyone noticed this in particular before?

If anyone has noticed any very subtle nuances of posture please
chime in. :slight_smile:

Christopher