It’s been 6 weeks since I learned how to ride a self-balancing electric unicycle (EUC). It’s a King Song 16X that can reach 31 miles per hour and weighs 53 pounds. Luckily, I have not fallen at during those 6 weeks until the present, as I just rounded out my first 450 miles of riding.
I’ve been going relatively slow at around 10 mph, but have been emboldened to go faster as I build up experience and time riding. At first I only wore minimal protective gear involving a half-shell helmet and wrist guards, since it was such as hassle putting on all the gear if I wasn’t going too fast anyways less than 10 miles per hour. …
Many motivational tales of overcoming obstacles and defying odds involves some variation of the following phrase, usually after some traumatic, catastrophic, or life-changing event.
“Doctors said it was impossible, but they were wrong.”
Usually this is based on a doctor’s sober analysis of the situation, aided by common sense and statistics on previous similar outcomes and applied to the most likely outcome. Of course, this doesn’t have to involve a doctor’s expectations and prognoses, since it could also involve such sources as a doubting friend, conventional wisdom, or even an internal voice.
It would be humorous to consider the scenarios when doctors were overly optimistic about a future outcome, but were proven wrong. …
After putting in 113 miles on my OneWheel, I was hooked!
The OneWheel is a self-balancing electric skateboard with a single wheel, as the name implies. It’s definitely one of the coolest and most fun things I’ve ever tried, and feels exactly like snowboarding. But now I can “snowboard” without wearing winter gear like a winter jacket, multiple layers, and goggles, ride on concrete in the sidewalks and streets of New York City, and can even “snowboard” on flat ground and even “up” hill.
Let’s not even mention waking up early and feeling like a zombie (I’m an extreme night owl), traveling to a mountain by plane and/or car, and freezing my butt off. I always loved the feeling and act of snowboarding during my ten-ish years doing it but I haven’t gone for about fifteen years since I didn’t want to deal with the hassle. …