It was raining today in St. Paul. Over lunch it slowed to a sprinkle, so I took the unicycle out to the tennis courts again to work on figure 8s. It was wet enough that the surface of the court was shining...shining enough to see my reflection, and that became a bit of an issue for me.
As I was riding, particularly when I was doing turns and my arms were pretty active, I would catch sight of my arms' movements reflecting off the wet court surface. Whoa! Those mirror images of flailing arms were enough to throw me off balance. Not enough for a dismount, but enough that I had to do some corrective shifts. I reminded myself to focus further away.
I was able to stay on top of the machine pretty well today, so after about 20 minutes of court riding I went for a ride around the neighborhood. I only went around the block, but on each leg I had to power up some extended uphills and control the wheel on downhills, which I found entertaining after doing 8s on the court. I'd like to work up to the point of unicycling my running route which includes a section in the neighborhood, a section on campus and a section through the experiment station. I need to learn how to hang on to the seat handle for extra control and power when going over big bumps and small drops. I also need to be able to handle steeper hills, and to freemount. If I dismount out at the experiment station there's nothing to use for support.