Firstly to Gavin, of course its annoying to have this injury that stops me from doing everything I want, but I think the distinction is between being laughed at cos they think you’re an idiot and don’t understand why you’d even consider riding a uni, and laughed at because it was genuinely funny.
I wasn’t wearing any safety gear, I was being cocky, I was going far too fast, and I ended up on my face. I ended up totally unharmed. This is funny for several reasons, mosty its ironic, and amazing that all I suffered were cuts and bruises. I don’t mind unicyclists laughing at me for being stupid, other people who don’t understand would annoy me tho.
However, your concern is touching and I’d like to reassure you that not only did I learn a valuable lesson, I will also (hopefully) be able to avoid a similar incident in the future. You live & learn :p.
To the others who want to know ALL the gory details:
The course is a circle around a roundabout outside the theatre, and I fluffed the mount, so I was starting at the back, going considerably slower than the 20’s (cos thats what the schlumpf does until its up to speed). The first half is downhill so I picked up speed rapidy, and by 1/4 of the way round I began to pass other riders. I was past the majority by about the 2/3rd mark, where the course starts to curve uphill again. I was about equal with Roger when we came round past a tent and there was a young boy stood in the road. Roger swerved to avoid (on a 20"), and I (travelling at around 18mph) swerved to keep a decent distance between us. I didn’t have to move, he had plenty of room, but I was going considerably faster than him so I chose to play it safe (:p). At this point I think my schlumpf slowed due to the uphill and the corrective wiggle, and I didn’t, and I overtook it. I flew for about 10-15ft before hitting the floor, so far in fact that my schlumpf never caught me up before coming to rest and in the video never enters the frame, despite me being in the air as I enter shot. My right knee hit the floor first, followed by both arms and my left shoulder. I remember conciously trying to keep my head off the floor (at the expense of my other limbs) cos if I blacked out I wouldn’t be able to get my expensive unicycle off the track and out of everyones way. This worked for the most part, except I bounced after the initial impact and the rebound forced my head onto the tarmac. Dazed and confused I managed to get to my feet, hobbled to my uni and pulled it off the course, then sat down on the grass about 3ft away (where most of the rest of the video takes place). After that it was just the usual random first aidy stuff, someone got some ice and water, I had a drink, Roger, Tony Melton, Jeff, Amanda, everyone came over to see how many bones I’d broken, and laughed at how fortunate I was… Then a few minutes later I sat in a comfy chair and watched the rest of the games ;).