The Twin Cities Unicycle Club offers practices two or three times a week in various gyms around the metro region. Friday night they had the gym at St. Matthews in St. Anthony Park, and I stopped in on my way home from work. Joel, who I remember from the Learn to Unicycle classes last spring, was the club rep there. A mother and daughter were riding, and that was it. The gym was a tile-floored basket ball court. I brought in my 24" and worked on mounts, figure 8s, stalls, hops and idling, with the latter against the wall.
Joel showed me his idling technique and I was particularly interested in what parts of his body were rocking and which were still. Looked like the pivot point was nearer to the hips, not shoulders.
As the hour progressed, more riders showed up for the 8-10 unicycle hockey. Although they say no special skill required, it was clear watching them that I wouldn't feel comfortable joining in until I could idle and ride backwards as well as pivot on a dime. Maybe toward the end of the winter I'll feel like trying to play with that group.
The TCUC is a welcoming group. They make me feel comfortable and are happy to share their riding experiences. It would be more convenient to ride in the gym on campus, but I imagine that the supervisors there wouldn't want me dropping the uni on the court. I'll ask next week.
After an hour I felt pretty tired. I had plenty of work on mounts. Joel does the roll-back style and I think I might try that since it is a similar skill to part of the idling motion.