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Up Again

August 8, 2011

About a month ago my back went out, and I have been reluctant to get back to it ( pun not intended ). Today I made it back up.
I started using a different wall, one that ends and I can keep going. I can go perhaps ten feet past the support wall before falling, and I had my best fall so far, today. I fell onto my hands and then rolled right over my right shoulder onto my knees; I knew my years of playing football would one day mean something. My back is not protesting yet.
At the Vancouver Madskillz Festival I chatted with John, from Portland, who told me it took him about fifteen hours to get the basics, so I figure I am about halfway there. I managed about a dozen times traveling at least eight feet while not touching the wall – it is coming along fine.

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Up On The Unicycle Again

May 10, 2011

Yesterday I worked for about 45 minutes, mostly travelling along a wall. The wall is 16 steps long, and I managed the entire distance four times. I made it about half way at least ten times. Toward the end I was moving along quite a bit faster than at the beginning of the day. I only lost my balance and fell onto my bottom once. Today my legs are not sore at all, which must be a good thing. I am hoping to figure out how to embed Roberts’ video today.
I will be heading out today to try to go just a bit faster, although I am probably reaching the overconfident stage sometime soon. Hopefully I do not end up injured when that phase appears.

Unicycle Video Now Available

April 26, 2011

youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J_OQpC9nlU
That is right – Robert came by last Tuesday to video my beginning efforts. Time to LOL. It was a bit more difficult with the camera pointed at me, but Robert managed to put together a great little video. Thanks very much, Robert.

I went out again today and managed about 45 minutes, on and off, and only fell on my bottom once. About half of the time I was practicing idling, and the other half I was travelling down the wall and back again. I managed to travel down the wall three times with the wheel doing four or five complete revolutions. It felt pretty good.

A nice gentleman named Chris was walking by and suggested I both put more air in my tire and raise the seat about three inches. These things helped him when he learned the art about twenty years ago. I am giving them a try.

After about 45 minutes I was somewhat surprised how tired I was. This was harder than it looks. When I told Pam, the bus driver for my return to the house, she asked me the rhetorical question ” And how old are you? “. Okay, so I am not as young as I used to be. I am still going to learn this.

I hope you enjoy the video.

Unicycle 101

April 4, 2011

Last Tuesday I took one of the unicycles in to the service station to put air in the tire, because I could not find our tire pump. Unfortunately the tube was shot, so riding was not in the cards for that day.  On my way home from work on Thursday I stopped at a bike shop and picked up a pump.  Our other small tire unicycle needed air also, but the tube was fine, so I have been on that unicycle three times now, all in the hallway in the main floor of our home. There is a railing to hold onto on one side, and a door jamb on the other.  I am working on both balancing and rocking both forward and backward and, other than a couple of scrapes, I have yet to injure myself ( knock on wood ).  Hopefully it will be sunny one day soon, and I can go outside to play.