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Old 2017-09-27, 02:23 AM   #61
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Another good 45 minutes of practice tonight. I raised the seat up slowly. Then when it got a little too much, I dropped it down.

For the first time, I noticed that the section I thought was flat is actually slightly slopped. I'm getting comfortable enough to notice the less effort going towards the building and slower speed and more effort going away. Getting more sensitive to the wheel and inputs required, as I push the balance part more into the subconscious.

I did about as long of rides with no touching as yesterday, but much more in control. I'm slowly getting this. Slowly. Climbing up the stairs to the bedroom told me how tired my legs are. I keep saying sit down to myself, but sometimes it gets crazy and I forget.
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Old 2017-09-27, 04:19 AM   #62
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I'm using the railing a little too much as a crutch.
Yeah, clinging to a rail makes unassisted riding seem impossible. Sometimes I even think it's counterproductive. You get comfortable in your saddle, as if it were an easy chair, and the idea of falling becomes more and more terrifying.

If, on the other hand, you get away from the railing, then fall forward and start pedalling, unassisted riding will quickly start to seem totally feasible, even if you only manage to go one revolution or half a revolution. Falling forward will become part of your routine, and it will no longer scare you, and sooner or later (probably sooner) that one revolution will become many revolutions. Happy October!
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Old 2017-09-27, 05:45 PM   #63
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I have been following your thread and just wanted to say Good on you for hanging in there and pushing forward. I can't offer much in the way of advise as I'm still relearning to ride myself. just wanted to give you a thumbs up
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Old 2017-09-27, 07:27 PM   #64
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I think that it would have been a good idea to get some hard bicycle miles in to build up the muscles first. I've been doing kayaking and haven't been on a bike in over 4 years. So I've been building back up those muscles along with learning.
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Old 2017-09-28, 09:13 AM   #65
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Yes and no.
Unicycle makes you use different muscles, or should I say makes you use the muscles in a different way.
So yes, cycling would help with stamina.
But no, you would still get sore legs and burning thighs.

Keep ridin'!
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Old 2017-09-28, 11:12 AM   #66
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Spent about 45 minutes last night. Went until my legs were not really helping, due to fatigue. A few times I was able to get about 10 cranks free of anything. I found it much easier on the very slight downhill. To get the same motion uphill it required a good bit more lean, but I couldn't keep it as smooth and only got 6 or so cranks before losing it.

I haven't had a practice with no improvement, so that is nice for morale. I will have to drive around tomorrow and look for a good place to ride when I'm up north.
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Old 2017-09-28, 01:35 PM   #67
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A few times I was able to get about 10 cranks free of anything.
That sounds like real good progress. The next stage will be when you can do 20 or more cranks or metres even when you will feel cramped legs, coz ur trying with all might to keep balance, but soon thereafter you will learn to relax in the seat and that will go away as well.
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Old 2017-09-30, 02:04 AM   #68
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I'm kinda bummed. I must have torqued my knee a little on Wednesday night practice. It has been sore and a little "loose", like I've gotten with a sprain before. I'm being cautious with it, as it gives me problems at times. Hopefully, it will feel good enough to get back at it tomorrow. It isn't a race. I could set myself out a month again, if I push it, and that would suck.
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Old 2017-09-30, 05:52 AM   #69
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I haven't had a practice with no improvement, so that is nice for morale. I will have to drive around tomorrow and look for a good place to ride when I'm up north.
I grew up in Dunlap Indiana half way between Elkhart and Goshen and when I go back to visit I ride the pumpkin vine trail. I like the section between Middlebury and Shipshewana. It is so nice to have a flat place to ride instead on the hills here in Missouri.

http://pumpkinvine.org/trail-information/
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Old 2017-10-02, 09:01 AM   #70
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I'm kinda bummed. I must have torqued my knee a little on Wednesday night practice. It has been sore and a little "loose", like I've gotten with a sprain before. I'm being cautious with it, as it gives me problems at times. Hopefully, it will feel good enough to get back at it tomorrow. It isn't a race. I could set myself out a month again, if I push it, and that would suck.
I did the same the other night. As my kids were here to "get dad sorted on the uni" at the weekend I rested it for a day and then just rode along the fence so all I was doing was warming the leg up with no stress. 10 minutes of that and it was good again.

Must have worked because I managed a couple of hundred feet with some encouragement from my youngest - running alongside like my own personal coach!

Hope yours eases up. It gets easier - just don't overdo it.
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Old 2017-10-02, 11:58 AM   #71
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Yeah, I tried a few ride outs with using the back of my truck to get up and wasn't doing so well. Feel like I regressed with only 2-3 cranks being my best.
I've been working areas of my knee that are filled with fluid. It feels OK, just a little stiff.

I'm back down to my trusty handrail tonight. I think I'm doing one more session there and just trying not touching much.
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Old 2017-10-02, 04:15 PM   #72
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For your knees... RICE

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
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Old 2017-10-02, 06:36 PM   #73
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I used Ibuprofen instead of Ice, but did the rest of the RICE.
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Old 2017-10-10, 03:34 PM   #74
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I used Ibuprofen instead of Ice, but did the rest of the RICE.
How are you progressing Sacherjj? Can you already ride rail-free, now a week later?
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Old 2017-10-10, 09:11 PM   #75
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