Well now that I am here, guess its time for that introduction!
I decided to learn to unicycle at age 44. I was fascinated by videos of mountain unicycling I saw several years ago but more or less wrote it off as not likely to be possible for me to ever be able to do. Two years ago, i stumbled upon electric unicycles, and a guy at work had one and loved it, so i decided i woul try that out, getting a solowheel glide 3. It was a bit of a challenge at first, but boy are those things awesome once you learn them! ( and they can be ridden offroad too). I was now hooked on one wheel riding! Well riding it just rekindled my desire to muni, and to do so, learn to ride a pedal unicycle afterall. I got a Club 24", sold by UDC’s advice to try this one if just learning to ride but interested in Muni, plus they said a 24" is very similar in effort and speed as jogging. Riding a unicycle sermed like a much funner and more interesting way to go running and plus easier on the knees, which sometimes bother me on runs.
It was MUCH harder to learn than the electric one, which knowing how to ride the electric one seemed to help very little if any with learning the pedal one! After 3 months, i could ride ~50 feet. 3 more months after that, and i can do about 200 yards, about twice before my legs are burning and worn out and I am out of breath. I still can’t freemount, or ride on hills, off pavement, or idle. Muni seems years away at this point, as does even a nice 5k ride around the neighborhood for cardio as i was hoping to do by now
I thought it would be much quicker and easier, but I am just sticking with it anyway, hoping it will click one of these days (it’s still fun and a challenge even if discouraging). I really want to be able to do muni, and ride a half marathon on my uni someday. Maybe ride a giraffe too…that looks cool and crazy!
Back to that patience thing!