Does stress have an effect one’s one’s ability to ride the unicycle?
I’m a crummy enough unicycler (I dare not say unicyclist just yet till I get better) but there are times when I think I ride really well, usually after warming up for about a half hour, all the mechanisisms involved with the dreaded freemounting and first few yards just suddenly snap into place and I’m having a ball. And going wherever I want.
But, if I change a piece of hardware, say, to shorter crank arms or to a new tire, suddenly, for about an hour it almost feels like I’m back to the sub-level-1 drawing board, riding like crap again. Always, it eventually works out and I adjust and I decide if I want to keep the change or not.
For example: The other day, at a meeting of the New York Unicycling Club, I switched to shorter crank arms (to prepare for the upcoming LBI Unithon) and changed tires to the amazing 26 X 2.35 Big Apple (thanks again, U-Turn!) and at first, I felt like I was a total newcomer once again–unable to freemount, riding only 3 or 4 yards before bailing. Still, that Big Apple did feel like an untrained thouroughbred, and after a couple of hours, I was riding better than ever! At the meeting, I was even giving others (some riders who could hardly freemount) tips on freemounting, and successfully showing them how its done!
Which brings me to my original question.
Today, I rode HORRIBLY. After the excellent progress on the Big Apple/short cranks combo, I was itching to get out on the one-wheel all day. But then, a number of personal things went down during the day, and by the time I was out on the road, I was so stressed out that I could not think, let alone balance my fat ass over a unicycle.
I know this is only a temp thing, and tomorrow, I know I’ll be wizzing around on my groovy Big Apple. I know that the LBI won’t be a disaster because of the new upgrades. But I now wonder about stress itself–in the past, I used to find that trying to learn the unicycle was a great stress reducer. But as one get gets better, can stress start to effect the refined points of unicycling?
Indeed, does stress have a negative effect on riding the unicycle?