The long and painful tale of a beginner

Hi,

I have been enjoying reading about the twisted obsessions on display here
and every time I visit this
group feels comforted to know that I am not alone. I will continue to
disregard some people comments
that “the psychotherapy profession has much to learn from you” as mere
insults.

Since I had a breakthrough last weekend that no one else can appreciate, I
thought I might share a bit of
my unicycling awakening. Let me warn you, this is long, painful and
boring…

It all started 3 years ago, 2 months before the birth of my first son, when
I woke up in the middle of the
night, in sweat, with the revelation that I couldn’t possibly become a
father without knowing how to
unicycle. Then next day, I called up a friend that usually knows about that
sort of things for comfort,
and as a result I was the proud long term borrower of a brand antique 24"
Schwinn. I will not mention
that putting it in shape cost me more then getting a new one, that is beside
the point and embarrassing.

I went at it, every night after dinner until after approximately 2 weeks
later I could do the length of the
(short) street, turn and mount, yet badly. I discovered we had a first aid
kit in the process and managed to
ridicule myself many time over trying to show off my prowesses (once
resulting in serious road rash
trying to prove to my wife this was a perfectly safe sport and that a helmet
was not required). I also
spent a ridicule amount to get the side mirror of my van fixed after it
helped me prevent a near fatal
injury (I used the van as my practice wall…). Just in case you are
curious, I didn’t get the much needed paint
job.

Fast forward 2.5 years plagued by several life changing events, such as
international relocation, several new
jobs and building a house, but that is another story. I must admit upfront
that my goal has always been to be
able to ride longish distance and potentially commute by unicycle, yet this
has always seemed utterly impossible
and I was able to figure out that your posts to that effect were essentially
the expression of pur fantasy from
prepubescent juveniles looking for attention… That is until last
weekend.

So this summer, I made it a goal to improve to what I consider a
satisfactory beginner level:
-Mastering several mounts, both sides
-Being able to ride comfortably for a mile or more, straight line and
turns.
-Idle (ideally both legs)
-Go up and down curbs
-Maybe give a shot at going backward.

I got a 24" Torker, was unable to ride it at all for several days because it
was too “stiff” (or “nervous”), I couldn’t blink an eye
without disastrous side effects. In the last few weeks I have been riding
around town and magically got a few side mounts
going, to my great surprise. My biggest problem was that I would ride
extremely tensed, resulting in complete exhaustion
after a short distance, with unfortunate consequences.

Finally, last weekend, I saw the light. I went for a ride in a little
country road and felt completely relaxed. Amazing how little
pressure is required to get this thing going. I was able to ride up steep
hills, almost out of the saddle and discovered a new
appreciation for Muni uphill. I also discovered that speed can be
controlled and that riding in uneven terrain is not only
possible, but fun (some of it was a dirty dirt road). Overall, it was a
moment of truth! Yes, this isn’t just a fantasy!
Overall, I rode about 3 miles with far less effort then my usual few
hundreds yards. How that came about, I don’t have
the slightest idea.

Anyway, I still have the other goals to complete but now feel there is a
light at the end of the potholes filled road! I see a
future of family unicycle rides into the sunset, with banjo playing in the
background as well as ridiculous attempt at climbing
stairs, riding off road, jumping rope, juggling on the uni,… The future
bears no limits!

Thanks for reading and I welcome your comments.

Jocelyn

Re: The long and painful tale of a beginner

Even among us, this has got to be fairly rare.

A person who knows how to deal with and provide comfort to unicycle related dementia is perhaps even rarer!

An excellent machine to learn on, I can tell you from experience!

These are excellent dreams, achievable ones, and ones which some here have realized and others of us share. Welcome to our midst, Jocelyn. Here you will find information, debate, encouragement, and an occasional (usually goodnatured) insult or ribbing.

If you don’t mind my asking, where are you from and where are you living, now?

Cheers,
Raphael Lasar
Matawan, NJ

Re: Re: The long and painful tale of a beginner

Welcome in the group Jocelyn. Interesting ‘prehistory’. From here, the sky is the limit. Or perhaps, not even that.

If you don’t mind me guessing, I’d say Quebec.

Klaas Bil

Re: The long and painful tale of a beginner

Actually you are right. I live now in Montreal, Québec. When this story started,
I was in Redwood City, California. What gave it away? The address or
the name?

It actually would be great to find similarly minded people here.

Jocelyn

“Klaas Bil” <Klaas.Bil.oi86z@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message news:Klaas.Bil.oi86z@timelimit.unicyclist.com
>
> Welcome in the group Jocelyn. Interesting ‘prehistory’. From here, the
> sky is the limit. Or perhaps, not even that.
>
> JJuggle wrote:
> > If you don’t mind my asking, where are you from and where are you
> > living, now?

>
> If you don’t mind me guessing, I’d say Quebec.
>
> Klaas Bil
>
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Re: Re: The long and painful tale of a beginner

Names, e-mail addresses and Google form a powerful mix.

You will find when you hang out here some more, that not all people here are similarly minded - beyond a shared interest in unicycling that is. Chances are that at least a few match your interests, topic preferences or style. It is an enjoyable group!

Klaas Bil

Re: The long and painful tale of a beginner

because u (finally!) put your weight on the seat?!?

oh come now klaas! u should know that all people are simmilarly minded, some are just more simmilarly minded than others
:stuck_out_tongue:

do keep us updated with the family’s progress

Jocelyn, tu me reconnais?

Salut Jocelyn! j’ai retrouve ton “news group” et me suis inscris.
Il faudrait se voir ce weekend.(j’ai essayer de te rencontrer la semaine derniere mais je n’ais pas pus.) Je me suis pratique INTENSEMENT depuis et je peu maintenant monter/descendre des escaliers (5 marches record)
et rouler a un pied (7 rotations).

e-mail moi a owen_kirby@hotmail.com

                                                    Bye, 

p.s: je crois que Alex a abandonner. il ne la pas sortit depuis 2 mois…

Im not quite sure what to say here so all i will say is good on you and keep it up. Unicycling is an awsome sport and those breakthroughs often happen when u least expect them too.

Welcome Jocelyn. I enjoyed your long story. Please keep writing. --chirokid–

Re: Re: The long and painful tale of a beginner

[QUOTE]
Originally posted by GILD
[B]

because u (finally!) put your weight on the seat?!?

oh come now klaas! u should know that all people are simmilarly minded, some are just more simmilarly minded than others
:stuck_out_tongue:

do keep us updated with the family’s progress [/B][/QUOTE)
“It takes all of us to make the World”
Our welcomed Newcomer just perched on the Group tree and the above comment has explained my similar revelation. I just sat properly on the sit!..it took quite a time.
WELCOME FRENCH CONNECTION !!!:smiley:

Re: Re: Re: The long and painful tale of a beginner

you mean by properly sitting on the pole :smiley:
(ok horrible I’ll go and wash my keyboard)

bear

Re: Re: Re: Re: The long and painful tale of a beginner

[SIZE=4]
It is good to keep your act clean.:smiley:

Re: The long and painful tale of a beginner

A good tale of perseverance…I smell a Coker in your future!

Keep up the practice.

Re: Re: The long and painful tale of a beginner

I know more people in the Redwood City area these days, but there should be several unicyclists around Montreal as well. It looks like you’ve already found one.

The other place I was going to suggest is the Ecole National du Cirque. Don’t know what kind of form the school is in these days, but I imagine there is someone there who knows where some local unicyclists are. If they’re not too stuck up after having given birth to Cirque du Soleil… :slight_smile:

Wow, you sure are honest! Usually when I tell people how long it took me to learn I knock a few months off the actual duration. Welcome to the group, and all the other nice things JJuggle said!

I’m not french… I am Canadian!!!

I just thought it was funny that I found Jocelyn on the Internet.
He was telling me not too long ago how great this forum was and I finally found it!!!

Re: The long and painful tale of a beginner

On Thu, 25 Sep 2003 20:37:31 -0500, Murde Mental
<Murde.Mental.ucb38@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>I just thought it was funny that I found Jocelyn on the Internet.
>He was telling me not too long ago how great this forum was and I
>finally found it!!!

And it’s also funny that you reactivated this thread making a lot of
people think that Jocelyn posted recently. I’m not even sure that
Jocelyn is following this thread anymore although I have the feeling
that he lurks in here from his (and your?) Canadian corner of the
world.

Klaas Bil - in the Dutch corner of the world if there were such a
thing

Klaas Bil - Newsgroup Addict

If the crank is moving then it really sounds as if it’s loose. - onewheeldave trying to pinpoint the cause of a clicking crank

That’s to bad. I was going to let him know about a gathering of unicyclists this Sunday on the Mont-Royal. (evilwan wrote about it)

Re: The long and painful tale of a beginner

You are right! I am still around, lurking joyfully. Also funny that this
time around got a lot more comments the the first!

A few replies:
-A coker in my future: Planned for next spring (not much use for it in the winter!).
-Other people in Montreal? I keep seeing people on downtown sidewalks. They
exist! Thanks for suggestions.

Jocelyn

“Klaas Bil” <klaasbil_remove_the_spamkiller_@xs4all.nl> wrote in message news:3f74782a.793488@newszilla.xs4all.nl…
> On Thu, 25 Sep 2003 20:37:31 -0500, Murde Mental
> <Murde.Mental.ucb38@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:
>
> >I just thought it was funny that I found Jocelyn on the Internet.
> >He was telling me not too long ago how great this forum was and I
> >finally found it!!!
>
> And it’s also funny that you reactivated this thread making a lot of
> people think that Jocelyn posted recently. I’m not even sure that
> Jocelyn is following this thread anymore although I have the feeling
> that he lurks in here from his (and your?) Canadian corner of the
> world.
>
> Klaas Bil - in the Dutch corner of the world if there were such a
> thing
>
> Klaas Bil - Newsgroup Addict
> –
> If the crank is moving then it really sounds as if it’s loose. - onewheeldave trying to pinpoint the cause of a clicking crank
>