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17 minutes ago, Dingfelder said:

Oh, and news flash:  got an e-mail today saying that they are delivering my new unicycle today, not Monday. OMG I'm not emotionally prepared ...

Awesome! I can see your :).

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Welcome back, Kotter!  Er... Dingfelder!  :clap3:  Although I now identify as Gotway,  I was formerly with Ninebot and prefer to be called EUC neutral.  I do have to say this new gender X MSuper has me wagging my tongue :dribble: somewhat, but Team Z Ninebot is tempting me back.  I’m proud to be a non-binary, rainbow LED EUC riding modern man of the ‘10’s!  :innocent1:

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29 minutes ago, Dingfelder said:

You'd better believe it!

I wonder what part of me is going to be bloody tonight?

Hopefully nothing but if you want blood squeeze a zit. 

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Well, there was be blood.  Regular unicycle pedals often tend to be very "grippy" these days, and they do it by way of metal nubs projecting from the pedals to grip your shoe.  I fell backward, twice, no pain on the falls, but once I landed on the right pedal hard enough to scrape a couple of good bloody skid marks below my calf.  Didn't bleed a ton, but kept on bleeding for a while.  Uh oh; now my blanket is stained.

I had protective gear all over, but nothing but socks over my calves.  Now I'm thinking I need to get something to protect that area, which I've never even heard of people protecting before.  Cardboard maybe?  The sock is dead, no big deal, but I do want to keep my leg meat.

Fun otherwise, and I look forward to my session tomorrow.  It's clear I have no talent for this kind of thing, but that doesn't bother me so far.  

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

Welp it's been over two weeks and I'm still not completely healed.  Most of the scabs are gone over most areas, but the deepest scrape is still all scabbed up.  This annoys me so much.  I'm not getting any younger here, but I haven't wanted to risk splitting or tearing open the wound again and having to start over.  So I've hardly trained at all in the interim.  Short bits of practicing balance while up against a doorway.

So I bit the bullet and bought a second unicycle, one smaller than my 24-incher to help me learn and do it more safely.  They say you should start with a 20 inch and then decide what you want to get after you've learned.  They're easier to handle and lower to the ground, speeding learning while reducing risk and fear factor at the same time.  But I thought I'd be a wise guy and buy what I wanted to actually ride, and pocket the difference. 

Did I truly make a mistake in buying the 24-incher instead of starting with a 20?  Probably.  Apparently I'm no natural, and buying a unicycle too hard for me to learn on without risking too much injury wasn't the best decision in more than one way.  But I couldn't discover that before trying.   Too bad I read all those success stories from the more talented!  Apparently there are a lot of those people.

Honestly I thought that discovery, if it came, would come in terms of realizing difficulty rather than injury.  Maybe I'd just find the 24 way too hard and cumbersome to master.  But actually it was injury that cut me short.  Everyone said, don't worry, people on unicycles fall forward.  There isn't even any safety gear sold that protects the back of the leg.  Well I fell backward twice in half an hour and realized ... okay ...

... my 20-incher is on the way.  

... and that no matter what people say, no matter what a whole industry says, you need to pad yourself well just in case they're wrong.

 

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