Two new-to-me techniques that I feel comfortable recommending:
- hands behind the back
- slow riding
In earlier posts I've mentioned riding with arms folded and with hands on thighs, but now I'm recommending hands clasped behind the back. I find it more difficult than either arms folded or hands on thighs. I think it might be because the arms are behind rather than in front, and that changes my body position on the unicycle. Next time you have a reasonably straight section, try clasping your hands behind your back and riding 50 or so rotations. Maybe that is easy for you, but its not for me. I find that after a few rotations I relax my arms and shoulders and I fell pretty steady. It has an impact on how comfortably I ride with my arms hanging at my sides.
Today I also tried riding as slowly as possible. I've read that some competitions include a slow riding trial, so I gave it a try. Hard! And I wasn't even going very slow. It sure does take balance and control, so I think that if I learn to do this better then it will improve my stability when riding normally. Also, I think it is helping me do better with stalls (which I'm learning to do) as a precursor to idling (which I can't do).
Here's today's route.
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