Extreme(balance challenged) Newbie impressions



  • @onedan Took you 90 miles? LOL. I'd had my first 20mph digger within an hour of opening the box.



  • @onewheel-miami said in Extreme Newbie impressions:

    @onedan Took you 90 miles? LOL. I'd had my first 20mph digger within an hour of opening the box.

    Yeah, well, my first nosedive was actually at maybe 3mph . . . trying to show off and leaned heavily forward to try to take off quickly . . . next thing I know, I'm smashed into the sidewalk with rashes and ripped jeans. Had all the gear on, but it wasn't the best gear, so some of it just slid out of way. Have since upgraded, LOL.



  • Welcome! I too am a noob to OW but I do have some board experience about 15 years ago. Put my first 20 miles down yesterday. Keep at it! Practice makes perfect. You’re going to love this even more when you get it out on the streets! What are you going to name your board?



  • @makerjc I came with something quite clever for a name: "Rich's Onewheel". Considered Wheelrich's Onewheel, but that seemed redundant.



  • Newbie Indoor Exercise: Just before I hit the Jeep trail for today, thought I would share something I tried last night. Place your OW in front of the couch. Sit your butt down and put on some great OW videos, if you can. Put your feet on the proper spots, and while you watch TV work your ankles by moving the board, as if you were riding hard. I can already feel them getting stronger. Simple exercise that works the muscles around your ankles and gives you more "board feel".



  • If you’re killing time in front of the TV why not actually mount the board and do figure eights? That will really strengthen your muscles.



  • @devon
    Thanks - that and Chris' other instructional videos are very helpful. Today, I practiced figure 8s and heel-up dismounts on my front lawn for an hour. Heading out now for more practice and maybe a ride around the neighborhood.



  • @mtntrails may the float be with you!



  • @readysetawesome I think you are missing the points here.

    1. I don't have enough balance to go far in a straight line, let alone do figure 8s.

    2. Doing the tv exercise is to make use of the time when it's too dark to train outside, and to build up muscles so that I CAN eventually do figure 8s.

    Check the title...EXTREME Newbies. This is a place for those of us who struggle with this. I am struggling...but still determined. There are plenty of threads for those who get this right away. I am not one of you, and I think there are some others like me. So please don't come here to make fun of us. We are doing the best we can. Thanks for understanding.



  • @wheelrich whey helped me was lean your body more less just feet to turn. Bend knees slightly when going strait to absorb any bump



  • @jbnerkg Thanks. I am doing the knee bend, no problem. Just very shaky on the side to side balance. I do fine on my balance board, which is 360, not just front to back. But some reason the OW is more difficult for me. I think it is partly because I can't move my feet, for fear of loosing sensor contact, and it throws me a little.



  • Day 4- at last, a little progress

    Early evening, and I am just taking a quick break from training, for a drink, and to post this update.

    Tonight I have been "circling the wagon". I parked my Jeep Unlimited Rubicon in the middle of my grassy backyard (very lumpy and uneven). I have been circling it over and over, touching the sides as I go for balance. I am actually starting to get moving a bit faster, and smoother. Started out on Cruz, then Mission, now Delirium. Delirium gives me the best power to get around the corners, and climb over uneven turf.

    Starting to get the feel of the board. I actually heard about this method from a youtube guy from Singapore, who said he used his car for the same purpose. Well my Jeep is a 4 door Wrangler, with very vertical sides to touch for balance without having to learn over.

    STANCE. I am still trying to find the most effective position for my feet, at least laterally. Since they hang over on both sides, I have a couple inches to play with either way. I only reposition them after I stop, not while I have the board activated.

    Anyway, lots of work ahead, but it is feeling more possible each day.

    OK, back to training....

    p.s. the ankle flex exercises I have been doing in front of the tv, using the board, are starting to pay off already. I recommend them. See my Newbie Indoor Exercise post.



  • Day 5- morning warmup- Gotta head out for some daytime duties, but wanted to get a quick morning warm up before I get ready to go, so I just did 20 laps around my Jeep. Tried Elevated for a couple, but ended up on Delirium. It is the one with the most power, so easier to get over the more lumpy parts of the yard, especially on the turns. Also practiced just swaying to and fro while balancing on the board. It's coming, little by little.

    Still using the Jeep for balance assistance, but picking up a little speed. Can feel it in my calves more. If I get home early enough I will do a longer session this evening.



  • Day 6- morning, more of the same
    The chores of life are catching up with me, so didn't have as much time to train, but I got a few Jeep laps in the morning before I headed out. Don't want to lose what progress I have made. Moving a little faster and making the corner turns smoother.



  • @wheelrich Have you tried pavement yet? Sounds like you spend a lot of time in the grass... Which is much trickier... I advise folks to spend about twenty minutes on hard dirt or grass and then move to pavement...



  • I agree. I started in grass when I received my XR yesterday and the difference between my bumpy yard and my driveway and neighborhood street was almost night and day. Way easier to control and (for me) learn all aspects on the pavement.

    Floating is awesome.



  • @reddog After initially trying grass, I tried my concrete carport (20X20). I did a couple sessions on it, but my feet were so shaky trying to balance that I went back to grass and circling my 4 door Jeep. There balance IS trickier, but I was able to get better movement and I am starting to develop some "board feel" and control now. I will probably go back to the concrete and see if I do better now. I also discovered yesterday that I had let out way too much air from the tire. Pumped it back to 15 psi. That may help as well. I know eventually I should go to 20, but in the beginning that seemed harder to balance with.



  • @wheelrich Thanks, but if you read thru my previous posts, you will see that "extreme newbie" means I am not in your class, where I can pick it up by just hitting pavement immediately. I am gaining balance over time...meaning days, not minutes or hours. I appreciate the encouragement, but I have encountered other people here and on other forums in my league. They too, are having difficulty that cannot be overcome as easily as most of the posters. And there are not many who will post about their learning difficulties (I don't mean all the nosedive stories-lots of those). Plenty who love to tell how easy it is. But it IS coming for me. I can start to tell a difference. I have the patience to get there.



  • Day 7- midday 100 degrees outside-

    New drill- I am back on the concrete pad of my 20X20 foot carport. This time I am using the rectangular steel posts as balancing checks. They are steel and spaced about 4 feet apart along the side.

    Still have the wobbles, but I am able to skip a post now and then. Going to and fro, so I am effectively learning switch at the same time. Still using delirium, full protective gear. Up until now I have ridden with both feet perpendicular to the sides. But now I have angled my front foot toward the end a bit. Seems to give me a little more stability and makes speed control easier. Wow, my feet and calves are even more sore than yesterday. I guess that means I am working at it with more movement.

    Disclaimer: Remember, these posts are for people who have some difficulty mastering the side to side balance issues. Talked to a guy yesterday who said it took him 2 weeks before he was comfortable on the board. So I have at least another week.

    OK, I am just stopping to post while I get a drink. Going back. Yes, it is 100 degrees, but I am pretty much in the shade.

    Addendum: 101 now. Went out for a few more reps. Already I am able to almost go the entire length without touching the posts for balance....almost, not quite. But it is progress.
    Tried a wider stance this time, by moving my back foot further back. It seemed to help a little, but it was harder to get a clean dismount this way. Got an aerobics class this afternoon. I will see how the calves hold up for that.

    Tomorrow- I start week 2.



  • If you want to learn how to go on a relaxing cruise, my suggestion: focus on going one direction at first. Don't keep switching, it makes it harder for your brain to learn the skill of "regular" which is a totally different skill than "goofy" - your brain needs separate space to process what you're learning in one mode vs the other. IMO you should also adjust foot position based on the direction you're traveling (front foot angled forward)..


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