As autumn transitions to winter I imagine that I'll probably be riding less outdoors. Sure, I'll change from the Big Apple to the Stout and do some riding in the snow, but I doubt that I'll ride as much outside. I've been considering joining the local club and attending one of their open gym practices once a week so that I at least keep my butt in the seat a bit over the winter.
I thought about this on yesterday's campus/state fair/experiment station ride and my mind wandered off to consider the correlation between the skills addressed in the unicycle skill levels and the skills I want to improve for my trail and road riding. The question I was considering was whether there is a strong correlation between those sets of skills? Is there any relevance to my normal type of riding to learning several different types of mounts that can be performed on a level wood gym floor indoors, or would it be more relevant to work inside on mounting on slanted, uneven or irregular surfaces?
I know from last winter that the club members work on level-related skills in the gym, and that there are people there who can do the level evaluation if that's what I want to do, but I'm not sure that's where my focus should be. I've never done any testing, so its not like I'm talking about real high level stuff, so actually most of the lower level skills I think are relevant. Level 2 for instance involves modest drops, figure 8s and sharp turns. I work on those anyway out at the hockey rink and find that they are quite useful agility exercises that transfer to the road and trail. Level 3 gets to be a little more of a problem...figure 8 with 1.5m circles on a 29" unicycle? Maybe I should get a 20" for that one! Or ride 10m with my stomach on the seat?
What I'd really like to learn to do inside is play basketball and hockey, so maybe the smart thing would be to do work on skills over the winter that would allow me to join in with those games.