Antoine De Saint-Exupery
“Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known.”
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
I have begun learning to ride backwards. Even though the balance and process is exactly the same as going forward, it is a little bit scary. I guess it is a little frightening because what is behind me is unknown. If I can gain my balance well enough to turn my head everything will become known and not scary but maybe not quite as fun.
When I was younger I naturally tended to do things with my left hand. My mom did not want me to be left handed because it seemed to be harder, plus you smear the words when you right. Whenever I would go to do something with my left hand she would make me change and do it with my right hand.
Spinning the basketball on my right hand is now easier and is coming along nicely. I can get keep up for quite a long time and even do a little while unicycling.
I seem to do things ok with my left hand, but spinning a basketball is proving to be tricky. I have been working on spinning with my left and I am trying to keep it spinning for 5 seconds. If this right handed south paw never gets the spin down maybe mom is to blame or maybe she is to be praised for making me do things with both hands.
The other day I looked down at my left leg and this is what I saw:
Then I looked at my right leg and I saw this:
Well the proportions may not be exact, but it appeared to me that my left leg was bigger than my right leg. When I idle my left leg is in the down position doing most of the work. So I began learning to idle and idling with my right leg in the down position to make sure my legs don’t get to far out of proportion.
“We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility."
I am constantly making small benchmark goals to beat. One of the challenges I have is to get a lot better on the unicycle. I am practicing idling and I am counting how many times I can idle without losing my balance. I idle with my left foot down and I am feeling pretty confident in my skills. I reached a new benchmark in my idling. I idled 1,000 times without losing balance and I stop, not because I fell, but because my left calf felt like it was on fire.
Feeling pretty confident about myself I went outside to show off my new skills to my wife. She watched me as I got up on my unicycle in the carport. I began showing her my skills when my foot slipped off the pedal causing me to fall landing mainly on my elbow and hip. That was the worst fall I have experience. I guess I need to work on my showing off skills.