It was absolutely worth it…and it is absolutely worth it. My only regret is that it took me until I was 46 years old to start. Arggh!
I’m not going as far as ASD, but my impression of your thread-starter is that you’re psyched-out.
My friends invited me to their kid’s football game the other day. Things started out all right. But, as the game progressed, the other team started dominating. The final score was 55-12. The losing team had this kind of body language…the way they ran on and off the field…and the uncertainty in their moves during plays…that contributed to their death-spiral-performance . The winning team did not look that way; they had a spring in their step. My friends noticed it, too. They said it was the emotional state of the kids that was making them look and act that way.
Dingfelder, I don’t know what it’s like to be you, but my impression tells me you’re all-in mentally and physically, but you’re too emotionally distant from the unicycle.
When I was a beginner, I frequently had random, unexpected falls. Every day I suited-up, as a beginner, I had to deal with this psychological baggage. It felt somewhat like I was going into battle. And when I was riding, my best strategy for learning was to capture the general feeling of my successes, then figure out, mentally what to do. When I felt tired and frustrated after making seemingly no progress in a session, I had to work through these feelings, mostly by keeping riding for longer.
I may be confusing your story with another rider, but Dingfelder, you bought a 26" to start on, correct? And, then you had a couple bad falls onto your back when you started practicing. Both those things, I think, put you at a disadvantage. If you had started with a 20" (it’s not too late), the fear/consequences of falling would be less, mounting would be less scary, and you could ride erratically without falling off (whereas on a larger wheel, you have to be more controlled from the get-go).
It’s great having you on the forum, Dingfelder. Keep thinking about how to stay safe while learning. Consider getting a 20". Use a crutch if that helps. Remember that when you’re learning new stuff, you’re going to be out of control. Good luck!