Ahhh, break through today.
First, I added more pressure to the tyre; having a nice hard tyre, despite rounding it out, seems to be much better than running it too soft.
The key revelation that led to more revolutions, though, was working to fully extend the leg on the down stroke. While it has been indicated as important by more experienced riders, I want to convey as a novice what a differance it has made, and why.
Two of my primary problems have been roll controll (side to side balance) and pitching forward with too much speed. There is a tendancey (for me, at least -a caviot that applies to everything here in) when begining the down stroke for the center of mass to pitch forward. If all your strokes are short, this will continue until you’re outfront of the cycle, racing to stay on. If you ride with your knees poking out to the side, this is a good indication that your stroke is too short.
However, when the stroke is fully extended, your body is forced back just a touch -and more upright, correcting any hunch back developing- enough to counter pitch changes introduced at the begining of the stroke.
The last bit of the extended stroke is also where I’m getting most of my roll (side to side) controll; just as the foot fully extends, you are able to pivot the hip off the planted toe tip. This was very important to extending my distance, and for the first time, feeling in controll.
Last, a word on transitioning into WW from forward riding. While developing the skill, I’v been riding up paralel to my crutch at arms length (a chain link fence); just as I reach a down stroke the top foot comes up and engages the wheel at the crown. I make a habit of starting all my WW attempt this way (as aposed to stoping, placing both feet, then begining the walk). Although you will probably come to a complete stop the first couple of times, focus on keeping a bit of forward motion and you will soon be able to do the same without the crutch with no problem. As you become more confident, ride less paralel and more perpandicular to your crutch, idealy graduating as quickly as possible to the corner of a building or fence. As with any other skill, abandon the crutch as soon as possible. Really, this is no different than when we first learned to ride, and the time scale has been about the same, with transitioning substituted for mounting.
Comment and contradictions appreciated :).