I rode my urban circuit over to the main campus again yesterday. My legs were still a bit tired from the long trail ride on Sunday, but it was good to loosen them up a bit and give them some more work. The traffic wasn't too bad in the urban parts - students are only trickling back into town...not like it will be in two weeks.
I watched the elapsed time a bit more closely on this ride and found that my crotch was starting to burn from lack of circulation at around the 22 minute mark. About that time I started doing some off-the-seat riding for 20 revolutions at a time to restore circulation. This worked ok and I continued to ride until the 38 minute mark. At that point I was in a good spot to dismount and jog a bit with the unicycle. I jogged for about four minutes, remounted, and was totally relieved of crotch burn. I really like interspersing my rides with a little bit of jogging. It relieves the burn , it uses some different muscles, and it makes the exercise a bit more strenuous since you are supporting all your weight rather than letting the unicycle provide support.
The last mile of the 7.5 mile loop has a steep hill next to the seminary. The first time I rode this loop last week I managed the hill without incident other than the usual grunts and groans. This time I tried upping my rpms and charging up the hill. I quickly realized I just couldn't sustain that pace and settled for just trying to survive up the hill. My legs felt like jello this time. About 75% of the way to the crest I starting pitching forward and willed myself to stomp on the pedals and make the wheel catch up with the seat so I could stay on top. I was so pleased with myself that I had regained balance that I lost focus and within about 10 feet I fell forward again, this time with no prayer of recovery. In fact, although I landed on my feet I couldn't maintain the landing and crumbled into the pavement in a heap of laughter and panting. Sure am glad I wore my gloves.
It ticks me off to fall on a hill that I've crested before, but oh well. Next time I'm determined to ride up that final climb more swiftly and easily than ever.