Now it’s winter in Michigan…and I re-sprained an ankle two weeks ago. But, I was planning to work on more static skills indoors at school or at home once I get back in the saddle 100%.
I haven’t ever really “learned” pre-hops. I’ve been going up 30-32"+ without them so far.
I quit unicycling for six months, before I bought my trials unicycle back in August 2004. So I’ve really learned how to do everything from curbs on up again since last August. And this summer I went from having a mental block with ledges that were higher than my tire, to those higher than my seatpost clamp (which is about 30"). I think next it will be a mental block with my seat (what else is left…haha), which is near a meter high.
What I meant to say is that I practiced pre-hops a little…but I’ve never done them on to anything near 30" high…Never!
When the Doc’s give me the ok I’ll have to give big pre-hops a go.
I would eventually like to hit a meter. I don’t think that’s asking too much. I really don’t. And it’s not the most important thing in the world…this business of hopping high. Judging by most, I can already hop quite high. And even if I can learn to jump onto things a meter high, I’d like to do it even on to more narrow objects, and start getting better at the more technical aspects of large jumps.
I’ve been more concerned with evolving my style into largly seat-out riding. From video footage, I’ve now realized what’s possible with sif-rolling-hops. I’d like to learn how to rail-ride (and I’ve been getting near mounting and riding one…because I was playing with mounting and riding narrow–and even curved/angled–edges…sometimes even riding backwards along a narrow surface).
My main concern with my riding has been in taking somewhat of my own personal ‘manifesto’ as it were. Unless I’m tired, you’ll barely ever see me corrective/recovery hop. If I do, and it was completely avoidable (or especially during an easy line), I’ll stop what I’m doing, and go back to the beginning, to start all over, and fix the problem. Does that sound like I’m being too hard on myself? There’s nothing more rewarding, to me, than knowing I just pulled a smooth, quick, clean line like it was a piece of cake.
Thanks for the heads up!
Sorry for the long post…and all of this explaining of myself. I’m psyched-up to unicycle thanks to Jess’s new-old vids that he posted the other day, and now Ryan’s video…If I order Defect for Christmas I’ll only get more cabin fever than I currently am battling…But I’m going to buy the movie anyway.
Can’t wait until Spring and a healed ankle,