Is it just me, or does everyone else learn in punctuated steps? When I’m trying something new, I can’t get it right at first. One time, it will “click”, and then I can do it (I still have to practice and get better after that, but I can still do whatever it is correctly). For example, when I was learning to ride, I could only go 2 or 3 revolutions. Then one time, I tried and rode all the way down my street. Then I could ride all the way back. The same thing happened when I was learning how to idle. One time I got it right, then I could do it just fine.
Going uphill was tough for me. Couldn’t get a steady cadence, very jerky pedaling. Read some advice given for going backwards, applied it to going uphill, combined it with other stuff my head was figuring out that I couldn’t put words to yet, and voila! It clicked. Now its a cakewalk, except for the burning thighs and heaving lungs…
I’m with SpaceFmk. I could do it and then couldn’t. It was so stinking frustrating while learning. Now when I do something new, having an off day is temporary. It’s the great thing about unicycling though. While you become natural at certain aspects of riding, there is always more to learn.
I ALWAYS learned like that, regardless of what I was learning. It didn’t need to be about unicycling.
I remember the day that I rode 30 meters successfully, the distance down to the end of the sidewalk where it became a crosswalk. From that point, it was like my progress skyrocketed. Suddenly I could reliably turn, a few tries later I went 40 meters, then 60, and eventually I could ride indefinitely.
The same goes with learning a new piece of music, or a new concept in math. One day everything just clicks, and I’ve “got” it.
I never really got around to getting a decent tricks uni, so my fascination born from learning, and the games I played to see how far I could get blossomed into me becoming a distance rider.