"Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do."
What you repeatedly strive to do you will continually increase your capacity to do. I am starting to feel more comfortable at maneuvering and added to what I can do on the unicycle. I can start to really see the progress I have made which creates excitement to continue learning and expanding my skills. Now if there were only a few more hours a day…
I am pretty good at dribbling one basketball and I can sometimes handle dribbling two basketballs. Dribbling three in a juggling pattern is where the difficulty begins. The balls just seem to want to be in the same place at the same time. I currently live in a duplex and was practicing the three ball dribble, when the neighbor called to make sure everything was alright (the bouncing gets pretty load). I told them not to worry I was just playing a little basketball in the house. They were probably wondering how I fit the basketball court into such a small place.
I’ve now learned to juggle the small balls while idling on the unicycle. It is quite the operation of multi-tasking. 1st I make sure that there is nothing breakable in my path in the living room (It is still cold outside), 2nd I turn on an NBA game, 3rd I jump on to the unicycle and Idle, 4th I juggle three balls while idling, and last I watch NBA basketball while following the 4 previous steps. The bonus is that it is great exercise, so I am not becoming a couch potato. Maybe I’m a unicycle potato.
I have never attempted to juggle while riding the unicycle until now. I figure I might hurt myself if I jump strait to juggling basketballs on the unicycle so I am taking the first step with these:
I broke out the trusty juggling balls. I can juggle while riding as long as I don’t stop, hit a large bump, or come to an obstacle that will make it so I cannot ride in a forward motion. As with all things, taking it one small step at a time building upon your previous learning will get you to your final goal.
Last year I got the great idea that I needed to get into better shape. I decided I would train and run a race. I had done a few 5k’s in my earlier life but hadn’t run for quite some time. Looking down and seeing a belly growing I decided I need to get serious so I decided to skip all those small races and run a marathon. I trained for four months or so and in October of 2010 I crossed the finish line. It hurt but it taught me a lot about constantly training and enduring to the finish line.
An added bonus was that it strengthened my legs for the unicycle. I didn’t have such luck with the added strength and endurance in my arms, so I have been working on my arm endurance. I have been striving to juggle three basketballs for as long a time as I possibly can without dropping them.
I juggled for 10 minutes and 13 seconds and my arms felt a little like this: