keyhole.jpgMaybe it is just my personality, or because I was riding on the hockey rink again, but I had the urge today to set up some drills.

Keyhole: I had a couple of 15 gal plastic tree nursery containers in the back of the van so I put them out on the rink to use as markers for doing figure 8s and other turning exercises. My favorite drill was to ride straight at a container, then when I was about 6 'away turn sharply right, bank into a counterclockwise rotation, and continue around the container in a smooth tight rotation. When I got back almost directly in front of the container I then made another sharp right turn to go back along the same line that I entered the drill. The sharp turns required leans opposite the way the body would be oriented during the rotation, so it was a good agility drill. The path that was traced by the unicycle wheel was a keyhole shape...round at the top, long and narrow at the bottom. Done both directions...clockwise and counter clockwise.

Stall-on-a-dime: I laid out the two containers and two other objects along the length of the rink maybe 30 feet apart. I started at the end boards, rode to the first object and did a stall with one foot back, then rode to the next object stalling with the other foot back and so on. The reason this was a good drill for me today was that it forced me to focus on stalling at a particular place with a particular foot rather than doing it whenever it felt ok.

I had lots of remounting to do during the stalling drill and I focused on remounting quickly and with minimum effort and alternating feet each time. I could tell when I was getting tired because I would miss my mount. Once, toward the end of the session, as I was swinging my free foot up to the pedal I missed planting my foot solidly and fell forward. I still remember watching the asphalt rushing toward my face. I recovered from that fall with just a little road rash on my elbow and a bruised wrist. I made sure I got back up on the unicycle right away and worked out the aches while riding. I really have to remember to focus on that pedal where the free foot is going. If I keep taking it for granted I'm going to break an arm.


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