I started about the time gpickett00 did - so I have been keeping an eye on his posts (and others) to measure my own skill. Seems like I have been working on the opposite skills. I can idle with either foot, ride backwards “more smoothly than forwards” and most of my time has been spent on rough-terrain and DISTANCE. I have cranked out over 230 miles. Oh, and duaner taught me how to work on speed - a needed skill because everyone here still seems faster than me.
This week, I worked on hopping and can reliably hop up a curb and such. I currently have no “direction” because I really need to work on equipment (I have been going through tires rapidly and other issues).
Today, I played Uni-Hockey for the first time - and had a blast!!! I hope the guys do that more often. I may practice it on my own. AFTER those games (about 3 miles of actual riding) and after everyone left, I was able to do a “routine” that I daydreamed of: 5 pedals forward, 5 idle right, 5 pedals forward, 5 idle left, 5 pedals forward, 5 hops, and then 10 back, and (the hard part today) ride forward again!
I have wondered “why am I unicycling?” What is my direction with the sport? What is my goal? To impress others? To impress myself? Both? To ride as well as I do on a mountain b*ke? Make a video? What . . . ?!
Annoyingly enough, I didn’t come up with an answer. (I am the type that doesn’t like doing unless there IS a goal. And so with that situation, I have just enjoyed reaching little goals. I am pretty sure I have been inspired to work on 1 foot this week. And I am sure I will get all obsessed over it, and learn it (both feet this week). Then, I will tell a few people “hey I can 1 foot.” Finally, I will wonder why I tell people I reached another goal - or what I will do when I have reached all of my goals. The biggest thing I want to do well is a 180 off a small set of stairs - land and ride off backwards. It really goes no farther than that. Then what?
The cycle will end someday. There will be no more goals. I will eventually be a “good” rider (in my own eyes). And like other “projects” I do, I will probably have no more desires - save one:
I am sure that I will always want to ride with good people. onefiftyfour, Dave Orchard, duaner, BigWheelTex, etc. Maybe one day I will also get to play street hockey (or something) with Dan Heaton, Kris Holm and Darren Bedford. These are men I have met and I continue to be impressed with them - not so much by their riding but by their character.
We need more women.
That was the magic I have felt in unicycling today.
The magic that will continue after the magic of learning grows faint.
I only get to be a newbie until the next social newbie comes along.
Hopefully by the time that time comes . . .