May 2012 – Oxfordshire Racewalking

/r/horseracing Cheltenham Festival guide and discussion 2015

As of writing this there is less than two weeks until the greatest horseracing festival on Earth. With 4 days and 35 races of the highest quality, the sub would be inundated unless we keep things central so use this thread for absolutely anything Cheltenham - news, previews, tips and, most importantly, debate!
For those who are unfamiliar, The Cheltenham Festival in held every March at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire. The National Hunt season is mostly run with it in mind, as top trainers all desire even a single win at the jewel in the crown of jumps racing. The various graded races throughout the year are usually used as pointers towards graded races at the festival, for example a winner of the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown in January will probably be high up in the market for the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Festival. It consists of 4 days - Champion Day (Tue), Ladies Day (Wed), St Patricks Thursday and Gold Cup Day (Fri) and this year is held between the 10th and 14th of March
The Races
Each of the four days is centred around a Championship race:
The Champion Hurdle, The Queen Mother Champion Chase, The World Hurdle and The Cheltenham Gold Cup
The Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase are 2m races - the shortest distances in NH racing and are held on the Cheltenham Old Course as are all races on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The World Hurdle and Gold Cup are held over stayers distances of 3 miles and 3 miles 2 and a half furlongs respectively. They are raced on the New Course on Thursday and Friday.
Other races include Grade 1 novice chases and hurdles, big prize pot handicaps as well as handicaps for amateur riders, conditional jockeys and hunter chasers as well as a mares hurdle race and two races for juvenile hurdlers (4 year old horses).
The Stars
Perhaps one of the greatest appeals of National Hunt racing is the opportunity for horses to become household names due to the lengths of their careers. Unlike on the flat where stallions are carted off to stud after 2 or 3 years, most NH horses are geldings and usually aren't begun to be raced until they develop into their strongest frames between 5 and 8.
Festival heroes include Istabraq who is a three time winner of the Champion Hurdle. More recently, Hurricane Fly who is trained by Irish top trainer Willie Mullins won the 2011 and 2013 renewals of the race.
Just as we were blessed to watch the mighty Frankel in our lifetimes, there will surely be or have been very few who are better chasers than Sprinter Sacre at the height of his career. The Nicky Henderson Horse was undefeated over fences before having to pull up due to a heart condition last Christmas. He was defeated upon reappearance in the Clarence House Chase, though arguably was not hard pushed. Whether that is a good or bad sign will become clear as the festival unfolds. American followers of NH racing were cheering home Flagship Uberalles during his racing career, and with silks like those they must have been ecstatic when he made up for his loss when favourite in the 2000 QMCC by winning the 2002 renewal.
No horse have ever been bred to win a World Hurdle is a saying in the NH world. Most horses that win were bred with the Gold Cup in mind but didn't take to chasing for whatever reason. Though a winner of the 2m4f novices chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2008, Big Buck's was reverted to hurdles after unseating his rider in the Hennessey Gold Cup in the next season. This was rather fortuitous as it turned out as staying hurdlers go, he was an absolute machine. Until an injury setback in 2013, he was undefeated in 18 runs, including 4 World Hurdles, 4 Liverpool Hurdles, 4 Long Distance Hurdles and 3 Long Walk Hurdles - all of which are Grade 1s. After missing most of the 2013 season due to injury, the 11 year old returned after a 400+ day absence for the 2014 Cleeve Hurdle during Festival Trials day where he lost his unbeaten record. There was no fairytale finish when competing in the 2014 World Hurdle, though he was retired a legend of the staying hurdle sphere to rapturous applause from the crowd.
The Gold Cup has been won by many beloved horses over the years - Arkle, Desert Orchid, Dawn Run. More recently Best Mate entered the hearts when winning his third successive Gold Cup. The image of his trainer Henrietta Knight embracing husband and former champion jockey Terry Biddlecombe at the post lives long in the memory - especially given the passing of Mr Biddlecombe last year.
Kauto Star is also a mutiple Gold Cup winner who retired in 2012. He had a famous rivalry with stablemate Denman who won the 2008 Gold Cup and whose career was blighted by a heart issue.
Another festival legend is Quevega who is on a massive unbeaten run herself. She won the Mares Hurdle at the festival an impressive 5 times in a row as well as the World Series Hurdle at Punchestown in the same years. Last year she picked up her sixth win in the Mares Hurdle but could not retain her World Series Hurdle crown and was retired to stud.
Ones to Watch
Even at the grand old age of 11, Hurricane Fly is having another crack at the Champion Hurdle in order to emulate Istabraq in winning it three times. This years competition will be one of the more competitive affairs. Favourites in the betting include new kid on the block Faugheen who as a novice won races from 2 miles to 3 over al sorts of ground. his versatility makes him the most exciting hurdling prospect in training although questions are in place over the quality of his victories this campaign. The New One returns flying the flag for Britain having arguably been unlucky in running last year. There is no doubt over his quality and he has a devestating turn of foot. Last year's winner Jezki returns having been beaten convincingly by Hurricane Fly three times this season. There can be no doubt he'll be primed for this race though some spectators question his record with Tony McCoy on board. This race is certain to be a fantastic showcase of hurdling and with any luck will be a fantastic spectacle.
With Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy returning from injury with question marks the Champion Chase appears to be a 4 horse race. The grade 1 preps for this race - the Tingle Creek and the Clarence House Chases have been won in most impressive fashion by speedy chaser Dodging Bullets.. Of the Irish horses, Willie Mullins trains Supreme Novices 2013 winner Champagne Fever who was narrowly edged out by Western Warhorse in last year's Arkle (2m novice grade 1 chase). An outside chance after victory in The Game Spirit chase is Mr Mole whom has been subject to an outstanding training performance by Paul Nicholls to get him to grade race standard. In the World Hurdle, a very open and unfortunately underwhelming contest looks to be on offer. With Big Bucks retired, More of That edged out Annie Power in a thriller finish last year. More Of That could be out injured and Annie Power may take the penalty kick of the Mares Hurdle. In the same colours as Big Bucks representing the Stewart Family, Saphir De Rheu is favourite after reverting from chasing to staying hurdling and winning the Cleeve hurdle (deja vu?!). The ever popular Zarkandar is also trained by Nicholls and was edged out by Reve de Sivola in the Long Walk hurdle before Christmas. Champion Hurdler (2012) Rock On Ruby will be trying his hand at 3 miles having shown potential to stay the trip when winning the Relkeel Hurdle - the same race More Of That landed before going on to victory here last year.

Finally, the Gold Cup looks to be King George VI Chase 2013 and 14 winner Silviniaco Conti's to lose. His opposition will come from last year's 20/1 winner Lord Windermere, Hennessey Gold Cup winner Many Clouds and Lexus Chase winner Road To Riches. Carlingford Lough landed the Irish Hennessey the day after AP McCoy announced his retirement, and what better send off for the soon to be 20 times champion jockey than to land the most prestigious prize in National Hunt racing.

TL;DR Have fun over those 4 days. Best of luck with your bets.
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How many times have you pooped yourself while running? Once. It wasn't a lot, more like a nugget of poop popped out. I'll usually stop on the side of a trail and do the business, but that time I was trying to make it back to the bathrooms since I was so close to the parking lot. I was still holding the rest in, and once I got to the toilet and let the rest out, I realized that I should never, ever again start a 12mile run sorta feeling like I should use the restroom. I probably never had such a painful poop in my life.
So when you go trail-side, do you try to wipe with a leaf or anything? Or just let run with the Klingons still on board? If the leaf is safe, I'll wipe with that. But there are times I have finished a run with only one sock.
If you were to predict the 3 who were going to qualify for the 1500, who would it be? David Torrence, David Torrence, annnddddd David Torrence. Because I spit hot fire.
How many people have shouted "RUN FORREST" at you? When I was in High School training in Downtown Los Angeles my team and I got that a lot. Once I got to college I never heard that anymore, probably because I stopped running on streets and moved more towards trails.
However, I really wish somebody would say it to me now, because I have the PERFECT comeback to it.
If somebody ever yells "RUN FORREST RUN!" at you, simply respond loudly: "I'VE GOT TO FIND BUBBA!"
Loyola.... That school edged us out by 13 points for the state championship in cross country last year... You familiar with Elias Gedyon? I am very much familiar with Elias. I tried to get him to go to Cal, but he ended up choosing Oregon which didn't really work out for him. I was at the state meet last year too, watching and signing autographs for Nike!
What is your resting pulse rate and jogging pulsrate? How about blood pressure? Do you shave everywhere? Do you get to meat other athletes a lot? Resting is usually around 55bpm, an easy recovery jog I'll be around 140bpm. I have no clue about the blood pressure. I don't shave (hate razor burn and bumps), but I WILL trim my legs with hair clippers before a big race to feel a little faster. I meet tons of athletes, and enjoy a variety of foods around the world on my travels to races.
Nono my friend. do you get to have athlete sex where both of you have the stamina to go on for hours and are both in the best shape of your lives with less than like 10% body fat. This is what I meant by "meat" other athletes ' Just thinking about it is getting me all hot and bothered. I have had athlete sex, and it is everything you've imagined and more.
Do you make enough/any money doing this? If not, do you have a day job? Although the Olympic Games is the pinnacle of my sport, there are still TONS of big races, series, and events every year. I make a good amount off of prize money, appearance money, and the most from my sponsor Nike. I am a full-time professional athlete, and live pretty comfortably right now. If I had a family, it might be a different story though.
If you don't mind me asking (always preface personal financial questions with "If you don't mind me asking") what was the largest sum of prize money you won for a single event? $14,000 at the US Road Mile Championships.
$4000 for the win, and an additional $10,000 bonus for breaking 4min.
At the time when I first one this race, I was unsponsored and had about 1.5 month's rent left in my bank account. I ran for the sake of my career that day, and man did that money come in huge. You can watch the race here.
Oh wow. That was amazing. Knowing the financial back story, and the fact you got the extra 10k by ONE SECOND I am positive I would have just broken down crying if I were you. Here's my post-race reaction.
I was pretty pumped.
Damn dude! You hit the Red Button at that last 400. I don't run but damn that was impressive to watch. Thanks, I actually felt terrible that entire race, and thought that Jon Rankin (the guy that lead most of the race) had it in the bag. I just tried to maintain contact, and kind of realized after halfway that I was slowly getting closer. When he didn't take the tangent, I knew that was my chance to catch him off guard and strike.
This is my favourite running video of all time, captures the essence of racing: the combination of fitness and intelligence that can get you the win. In regards to my career.
What does your diet look like? How often do you train? I train 7 days a week, and twice a day usually 3-4 of those 7. I'll take a day completely off though every 2 weeks or so.
I don't have a specific diet, but I just try to stay away from processed foods and the like. I'll have cheeseburgers and pizza, as long as its made with good/real foods.
How many calories do you usually average per day? About 3500.
Have you ever tried to run backwards and why? Yes I have. After some joking and betting with some teammates, we ran a backwards 400m. I don't remember the time, but I do know that once I finish running forward competitively, I will SMASH all the backwards running world records.
off, huge fan! I'm a collegiate miler as well and Im really curious what your pre race rituals are (if any) and if you could give one piece of advice to a 4:05 miler to dip under the barrier, what would it be? I don't really have a pre-race ritual. A lot of guys I know listen to music and try to "get in the zone" but I try to be a bit more aloof about it. I've found getting too far into the zone actually makes me TOO nervous, and then my performance suffers a bit. So I talk and joke around with people. I usually drink a coffee about 90min before the race, but if I can't get one, no big deal.
I'll give you a few pieces of advice: Don't get injured, don't overtrain, and negative split. All you need is consistent time training. Getting hurt usually throws a wrench into that. You will break through eventually, good luck!
I work at a coffee shop right accross the street from hayward field where the trials are. i got you covered on a free pre race coffee ;-) Awesome, what shop is that?! I'll definitely take you up on it!
Just out of curiosity, why do you go with coffee and not caffeine pills? You get to avoid the liquid and you're a lot more certain of how much caffeine you're getting. I may have to check it out now!
Negative split? Really? In my old world, swimming, negative splits were pretty uncommon. It felt like I was leaving energy left on the table when I should have used it in the race. Definitely the norm for fast times in races of 1200m and above.
Are negative splits the norm for milers? How long did you swim though? I believe most swim events are pretty short, correct? So they'd be more like sprints instead of distance.
Isnt caffeine a banned substance at the olympics? Used to be, not anymore.
Are negative splits good/common at the top level? In high school track XD we were taught not to negative split. Yes, they are common and the best way to get the most out of your body. You never want to be dying in a race over 800m, you slow down too much.
Did you know that coffee supposedly contains a compound which blocks the performance enhancing effects of caffeine? So it would be better to just take a caffeine pill, except that caffeine is a banned substance isn't it? Caffeine used to be a banned substance, but not anymore. Thanks for the tip though, I'll check it out.
My coaches used to tell us that virtually everyone always had a little bit left at the end of a race. Obviously we weren't as talented as you. Does that hold true at all at the Olympic level, or are you completely drained at the end of a race? I'm pretty sure I leave it all out on the track. The difference is in training. When you see somebody super fast run a race, they are usually still moving/walking/jogging right after. That's because that's exactly how we train. We never finish hard workouts and then just stop, you always have to keep moving in order to recover better.
I would imagine you're only really truly spent after a marathon or ironman or ultras.
1500m/3:34.25 = 15.66mph. 1mi/3:54.01 = 15.38 mph. Would you attribute your faster 1500 rate to the greater accessibility of the metric system? Actually yes. The 1500m is run way more often than the mile, so I have more chances to run fast.
What is it that makes the last hundred meters add so much time on? 1mi=1600m if I'm correct. 1mi=1609m. But I think the reason the extra 109m takes so much longer is because we just don't run it that often. I could probably get my mile PR down to 3:50, but I just don't have as many opportunities.
What do you think life in the Olympic Village will be like? No clue, but I hope to find out. I hear it involves lots and lots of condoms.
Do you obstain from ejaculation for some time before a race like some boxers do before a fight? I never did, but then I learned about the 7-day no-fap testosterone boost. Thanks Reddit!
Do you actually enjoy running? Training everyday? That sounds terrible to me. To be bluntly honest, that's because you're out of shape.
It sucks because your body is weak and your mind has to fight in order to do what you want it to do. Therefore you suffer constantly.
For me, recovery runs are like beautiful walks through a park, but about twice as fast so I get to see twice as much. I'm not breathing hard, I'm not struggling or hurting, it's just your mind, body, and muscles all working effortlessly in unison.
And as for hard workouts, they are chances to better myself. They are an opportunity for me to see specifically where I am weak, where I need to work on, or conversely where I am totally fit. And then I work those specific areas, and see improvement. It's remarkably simple and gratifying, albeit incredibly difficult at times.
However, everyone can get into shape, and if you keep at it long enough, you'll eventually get to that point where you're no longer suffering every time you get out the door and exercise. Instead, you'll find it therapeutic, comforting, and exhilarating.
Hey great answers, thanks. I've just never really been a runner, in my mind. I played football and basketball when I was in High School and alway hated running specifically. I think I was never trained to run with correct posture and form. I think kids for the most part need to be taught the correct way to run sometimes. Agree or disagree? Any good resources for this. That's because running for you is always punishment, not something to enjoy. Once you get out of that mindset, you might like it more.
Also, who knows, maybe you're more of a sprinter, in which case there are great workouts for that too.
I think except for extreme cases, your body will know how to run the more you do it. You could always watch professional racers and notice how they run and copy it.
I used to go on 45 minute runs daily and I can't tell you how boring it was. It's not about how in shape you are, but, well I am not sure how you occupy your mind doing something that repetitive that long... That's why I mix it up with easy runs, track workouts, tempo runs, hill intervals, etc. Doing 45min runs everyday, on the same path or in the same general area can definitely get tedious and boring. Just depends on where you are and what you have access to.
I know he doesn't run your events, but what are your opinions on Oscar Pistorius competing in able-bodied competitions, and his qualification for the Olympics? How would you feel if an amputee runner ended up racing against you in the Olympics? This is an unpopular perspective, but I do believe it is a bit unfair. He DOES have an advantage. This blog explains it in pretty good detail. People exclaim "but he only has one leg!" but then I remind them that guys with no legs would destroy me in any distance race above 400m. There is a certain point at which the technology available can outperform human tissue, and we have to be aware of that to make sure things don't get twisted to the point that it is advantageous to have prosthetic limbs in races.
Good luck with your preparation. All that being said, he is definitely a hero of mine and an inspiration. And I kind of hope he still gets cleared to race. Maybe if he was in my race I'd feel a bit differently, who knows.
I'm guessing this is your first olympics. on a scale of 1-10, how excited are you ? In Track and Field, nobody in the US has qualified yet. That is determined at the Olympic Trials this June. But if I do make it, probably an 11.
Opinions on barefoot running? I think its great as a supplemental training tool when it is done on soft surfaces like grass, trail, sand, etc. Going barefoot or wearing Vibrams on concrete or asphalt is just asking for injuries (in my humble opinion).
There is a lot of discrepancy between just wearing vibrams/going barefoot, and actually changing your running form to a form encouraged by these shoes/bare feet. Namely, forefoot strike vs heel strike. How do you feel about forefoot striking in longer distance running? I used to run with a forefoot strike, but now I've moved more to a mid-foot strike as recommended by my coach. It feels a lot more efficient and powerful. I found with my forefoot strike I tended to overstride a bit.
David, first off you are an animal. Now, for my question. Who were your running role models back in high school and college? Prefontaine lol? I was never a big fan of Prefontaine. His style of racing and training to me is a bit...well, stupid. Push all out from the gun? No, you will fade and die and get passed at the end. It's harder and smarter to time your moves and put forth your maximal effort at the right time rather than just push from the start. I never really had a running role model, since runners in the US don't really get much media attention, but the one quote I think I enjoy the most, is from Noureddine Morceli: "When I step to the line, my mind is full of questions...'Who will be 2nd? Who will be 3rd?"
Why was he so successful if his running was stupid? The thing was, he wasn't as successful as everyone thinks. If you watch Pre's race at the olympics in Munich, he very well could have gotten a medal, but instead he surges wayyy too soon and as a result finishes 4th.
I'm not trying to say that he was a bad runner, but if his tactics were to be used today he would get absolutely destroyed.
Pre set 14 US records. Other than a couple extremely rare exceptions I can think of, my statement stands true: You cannot front run at that level in this day and age and win.
In this day and age?
Starting to look like in this day and age there are a lot of frontrunners whose racing tactics you disagree with that win Olympic gold medals and set world records. Not "very rarely". A lot. I'm not sure you understand what front-running is.
What is it like sprinting for a solid mile? I don't actually sprint for a full mile. After a lot of training, 58-60 second pace for 400m isn't really a sprint, just like a fast run. The only time I really feel like I'm sprinting all out is the last 200-300m.
How fast are your 100-200 times? I read an article about Galen Rupp, a top level 3k runner for those who don't know, and it said that he gets 10.7 in a 100, which is shockingly fast. He ran a "flying" 100 in 10.7, which means he was already at full speed when he started the 100m. It was still a surprise, because I thought he was much slower, but I imagine most middle distance runners could run that time.
I've finished hard workouts in 23.x before, but I've never really timed my all-out performance. I would hope I'd be able to crack 23.
How hard is it to time your training, diet and emotion to allow your body/mind to be at optimal peak at the moment of a once-in-a-life- time race like the olympics. Other races come and go and I'm sure you have good days and do you minimize the chance that the olympic trial or olympic event will be one of those bad days? Very good question, but the answer is actually pretty simple. You basically have to remember what you did in the past that works. Try not to do anything different. Some people try to do something "special" for the race/event because its such a big deal, but that's how you get into trouble. By introducing something new, your body may not know how to handle it, whether its food, training, or even how you mentally prepare for the race. However, as simple as this is, it is very hard to do. Because it IS such a big deal, its difficult not to try and do something "extra" to make sure you get everything out of you.
I also stay away from sick friends like they have the bubonic plague.
What was your mile time around 4th/5th grade? were you fastest in your school? I actually never ran track at that age, so I don't know. I mostly played basketball and football. Since I was young for my year, I was usually never the fastest in an all out sprint, but I was always able to outlast competitors and hustle to the last second of a long game.
Yeah but didn't you run the mile every yeatwice a year for gym class? i thought everyone did that. No not in my school! I never ran a full mile until my freshman year in High School. I ran 5:00.
Speaking of, can you give a little description about your transition from high school, to college, to pro. I'll see you at Hayward for the trials! What do you mean by "transition"? That's a bit of a vague question, what specifically about it do you want to know?
If this doesn't work out for you, do you think you'll try for the bobsled team in Sochi? Or just keep running and hope for Rio? I think will go back to the Andes of Peru and recruit a bobsled team for the Winter Olympics. On our team will be the tough guy, the talented one, the funny one, and probably a llama.
Don't forget the lucky egg. KISS IT.
What does competing in the Olympics mean to you? Great questions.
Is it more about the pure competition or representing your country? It would mean that I'm a part of a quest for human excellence. A part of an elite group of people that push their bodies past common limits and more. That I represent that instinctual drive for Faster, Higher, Stronger. It is also about pitting myself against the world. Stepping to that line and saying and believing "I am the best, I am stronger, I can hurt more than you can hurt, you cannot beat me."
How do you go about being selected for the Olympic team? It would probably be a bit more about the pure competition rather than representing my country. To me, the Olympics is a time when politics and governments and nationalities step aside to appreciate the wonder that is the human body, mind, and spirit...regardless of what country is on your chest.
Is it simply a matter of qualifying or do they recruit people? I compete in my country's Olympic Trials and have to place top 3 in the final race. Each country has different selection procedures.
When did you realistically think you could make it in the sport? Following the Puma Mile? Also, favourite track spike of all time? After my first sub-4min Mile in college during my 4th year, I knew how undertrained I was and how much more I could improve. It was then that I knew I could make it.
Favorite track spike of all time...this is tough. When the Nike Milers first came out, I thought track spikes had been perfected, and had probably never been that excited. But when the Victory's came out, I was just blown away by the design and weight. I would say the Milers to train in, and the Victory's to race in.
But both may be completely tossed aside when the NEW 1500m spikes come out for London...
Have you gotten to see the Nike Zoom Victory Elites yet (I assume that if you're sponsored you get early access or something)? Is anyone in the professional scene as excited as I am for them? Having been involved in the development of the shoe, and receiving the latest iteration a few days ago, I am very excited to test them out.
Do you take supplements, or just rely on a healthy diet? If so, what supplements do you take/recommend? I rely mostly on a healthy diet, but I take Aminos for before/after hard workouts.
What is your dosage like before and after a hard workout? I'll take two before a workout, and about 3-4 after.
Is it all worth it? Whether or not I make the team: Absolutely.
Hey David! Close your eyes. You've just won gold at the Olympics. What do you do then? Is that the top of your career? What would you do after that? That would definitely be the top of my career. Just taking a second and imagining it sent chills down my spine. Afterwards, I would come back home to my millions of adoring fans, cash in on all the big time sponsorships, but then tragically get caught smoking illegal substances, losing tons of fans and money, and fade into black.
Congrats on your awesome season last year, David! Watched you win the 1500 at the New York Grand Prix and it was awesome! Best of luck at the Olympic Trials, I'll be cheering for you all season! What is your training like in terms of mileage? I'm sure it isn't your biggest focus, but what kind of mileage do you typically hit in your training? I'm usually around 65-75 when training hard, but I get down to the 50's or even lower when racing. Right now Im in the upper 70's and may even crack into the 80's since I'm getting ready for a 5k at Payton Jordan!
Is this going to be your first big 5k? Best of luck there! Are you a hometown hero or anything when people see you running around your town? Yeah, first big one. I guess you can say I ran a big 5k at the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot in 2008, but that's still just a road race. This will definitely be my first bigtime track 5k.
Definitely not a hometown hero, but my family and friends always make me feel like a celebrity, haha.
Who is your favorite past and current teammate to train with? Favorite current teammate: Bolota Asmerom. An Olympian for Eritrea in the 5000m, the guy is a silky smooth runner, and extremely intelligent when it comes to training. Great to bounce ideas off of and do a hard workout together.
Favorite past teammate...hmm, Kevin Davis. We had some epic battles in practice back in the day. He was a 8:35 steeplechaser, and just missed dipping under 4minutes for the mile.
Do you prefer quality or quantity in your training? In other words, do you load up on weekly miles or do you run shorter, faster intervals in your training? As a middle distance runner (and especially a 1500m runner), we are unique in that we have to REALLY balance quality/quantity. I can't really choose one or the other, since I do BOTH. However, I think most coaches would consider me on the lower end of a typical MPW for milers.
Also as a middle distance runner, what type of weight/strength training do you do and how often? I do weight training about 2-3x a week, usually a mix of some free weights and Olympic Lifts. And I'll some sort of general body strength training almost every day.
What was your reaction the first time you broke 4:00 on the mile? It's actually a bit hard to describe. A combination of surprise, excitement, ecstasy. Pretty much a dream come true. And maybe a bit of badassery. If you care to watch the race, it's on video here.
That wasn't the video I was expecting. The REAL first time he broke 4 is Here. Hahaha, very true. Still my unofficial PR. Thinking about bringing it back this year!
Is that on open streets? Looks like great fun. Yeah, that was at about 2am on a Sunday night. Not blocked off or anything, just me trying to break 4minutes downhill and some buddies filming. Here's the backstory on it.
How has your training changed leading up to this summer compared to year's past(i.e more volume, tweaking workouts, different location)? No big changes, just try to stay consistent and do what worked in the past. Trying to change up too many things in an Olympic year is usually a recipe for disaster. That being said, I returned to a bit more olympic lifting, but not a huge amount.
Any idea where you're going to be opening up the season this year? Definitely opening up at Payton Jordan in the 5000m, but I may race the week before as well at Mt. SAC in the 1500m. I also already raced earlier this year in Australia, winning the Sydney Track Classic and getting 2nd in the Melbourne Track Classic.
In your opinion, is this going to be the toughest 1500 team to make in history for the US? Yes.
You said last year, you believe it will take 3:33 shape to make the team. Do you stand by that after seeing early season performances from some of the pros and college guys? Yes, maybe even 3:32. However, a lot of people do too much in an Olympic year, and we may see some injuries. In which case 3:33-34 is a bit more likely.
I can't help but remember how you scorched me in the last 100 meters of the 8 at an early meet last spring. How do you work on improving your kick? The 800m is less about speed and more about strength. I would smoke Usain Bolt in an 800m. Work on your aerobic base and VO2 max workouts. And good luck this season!
What do you feel would be the tipping distance in a Usain Bolt vs you race? Probably 700m or so. I think I would get him in in the 800 for sure, but the 600...I think he'd get me there.
That aside, I know there will be thousands of track fans out there, so I imagine it can get annoying to the athletes having so many of them ask for autographs, pictures, etc (especially for record holder guys like Lagat, Rupp, etc.)... I imagine that for most of the year, outside of big meets, most people don't recognize elite runners for who they are, so it's not like you're a celebrity and you live a normal life... But at meets, especially like the OTs, you become a celebrity among all the other track nuts for that short period of time....... So, do you get annoyed with all the attention or are you open to it? If I approached you next summer (of course when you're free, like the day after your race) would you be cool about it? Also, I know you train in the bay area.... I may be going to Berkeley for grad school in just over a year (It's actually one of my top choices, but whether I get in remains to be seen) and I'll be living out there for at least 5 years as I work towards my PhD. During that time, I'll be training to get my marathon time under 2:18 to qualify for the OT's and then if I make it, I'll be training for the Trials itself. I really don't know too much about the area, as I'm coming from the Southeast, but I'll be logging between 100-120 mpw for many months of the year, so here are some questions about the area....... Are there plenty of groups/runners out there to train with? - How's the running community as a whole? - (m)any specialty running stores? - Are there plenty of trails? If so, how close are they to UC Berkeley? - I'll be doing up to 22 mile long runs, with many miles at marathon pace, where would be the best place for something like that (preferably on asphalt/sidewalk)? - Is the Berkeley track open for track workouts, even if I'm not on the team? - Lastly, wanna' go for a run sometime around fall 2013? I'm never a celebrity, so for people to recognize me and shout my name and wish me luck and want my autograph is absolutely amazing, and I take tons of times to interact with them if I can. This past fall I went to the CA Cross Country State Meet, and I signed autographs for over 2 hours! There are tons of runners in the area, including my very own group The Bay Area Track Club. We are mostly a group of elite runners, but a group like the Strawberry Canyon Track Club would be more to your liking, and they meet fairly often. Tons of specialty running stores, but I especially recommend Transports. They have two locations, and are extremely informative and helpful. Many Cal athletes work there, and it is partially owned by 3:53 miler Richie Boulet! Down by the Berkeley and Emeryville Marina, there is a long bike path that goes by the water for miles. I've never run to the end of it, because I try to stay off of asphalt, but I imagine that would be right up your alley. Berkeley track is open at certain times of the day to the public. Whenever you see the Cal track team working out though, that usually means the track is closed. If you go before 12pm or after 5pm you should be fine though.
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Do you need just half the doping the regular bicyclists use? 100% less.
Congratulations on already getting so far with something you love at such an early age! I don't really know anything about Competitve Unicycling, so how do the events work? I don't really understand stuff like High jump, long jump, and trials. Hi there and thanks. High Jump: Just like normal track and field high jump, unicycle high jump is setup and run in a similar fashion. A bar is setupand starts at a height of 30cm usually. Competitors are split into their age categories. Its basically a knockout event. You get 3 attempts to clear the set height, if you fail you get knocked out and others continue as the height gets raised.In terms of actually jumping over the bar,there are two common techniques. 1 is to be perpendicular to the bar and rideup really fast and pull up on the seat. The second technique is to be parallel and do a sidehop. I prefer the first method, I broke the national record with a height of 90cm, now aiming for a metre. Long jump, again, its similar to high jump, except its long jump :D Trials involves urban natural obstacles (eg stairs, tree stumps, rocks..) and the aim is to get from point A to B on the unicycle without falling off! Usually about 30+ obstacles are setup with different difficulties. Max Schulze is considered one of the best trials unicyclists in the world (2011 world champion).
Awesome! I just checked out some videos and you definitely gave me some new-found respect for unicyclers. This shit looks hard. Good luck in your future, and maybe I'll pick up a unicycle and see how long it'll take before I break a leg =D Sweeet, glad to hear!
How often did you crush your nuts? Not often because I've learnt to avoid it from experience where possible. Maybe twice a year :D.
He could have been talking about how often you crush walnuts, almonds and the like compared to how often you buy them already deshelled. In that case, I crush walnuts maybe once a year ;)
Which event do you consider the most dangerous? Is there a high injury rate in unicycling? I consider Trials to be the most dangerous. Some obstacles involve extreme heights, thin poles to balance across, and jumping on and off of forklifts! A little slip and wrong landing can be harmful. At the 2011world champs in New Zealand, an ambulance was called for a competitor who injured himself badly.
What kind of protective gear do you use? When riding at home or just casually, I wear my KH Percussion Leg Armour. I'll wear gloves if I have blisters. I wear a helmet occasionally, when doing trials.
Ever thought about going on unbeatable banzuke? I haven't heard of that before :P.
A friend of mine unicycles every day and is getting quite good at it! He tells me stories of people making comments/terrible jokes as he passes by. Example: "you forgot a wheel!" My question is, what's the worst joke somebody has said to you In relation to your unicycle? Yes, getting them jokes is a very frequent thing. I've heard sooo many but none have really stood out. I never really know how to respond to the ol' "Do a wheely!" I sort of just fake-laugh now :P and keep riding.
What made you start unicycling? what's your favourite 'event'? I saw another kid riding one when i was 10 years old.I thought it looked cool so i got one for my 11th birthday,I was addicted! My favourite event is "street", this is just like skateboarding or bmx except on a unicycle, so it involved grinds and things like that :) very rewardingand lots of fun.
Do a unispin? Kh Yup, I've got it on film, second one in Oz :) Link to
Why did the other guy throw his unicycle? Haha the apparent guy is actually a female :3 The unicycle was thrown out of amazement.
So how fast do world record unicyclists go? Also, how much competition is there for the title of world's best unicyclist? Fast as in speed? I dont participate in this are,however i know the fastest unicyclists use a 36" wheel with a geared schlumpf hub. I think some reach 30miles an hour, but don'tquoteme on that :P.
And as for how much competition, it depends where the comp is held and what age category. Unicycling is a very small and unknown community. At the 2011 champs there were roughly 1000 competitors (includig all ages and events)
What's your best unicycle pickup line to use on the ladies? Fortunately I haven't had to use any as I already have a very wonderful girlfriend :3 But I guess a. Good unicycle pickup line often involves the word "ride"
I'm not certain it helps with impressing the ladies to have a hand in your crotch about half of the time while riding. You're probably right.
How painful is it to fall off a unicycle? I've fallen off bikes but never a unicycle and I'm really curious. Depends depends depends. Falling off regularly from riding in a straight line at a normal speed doesn't really hurt. Depends on the surface, speed, force etc... Crankflipping stair sets and bails from grinding rails are the main source of pain I guess. Checkout my friends and I in this fails and bails compilation: Link to -that most of our most painful bails.
As a person who is trying hard to get the hang of the art of uni cycling, what type of advice can you give me? This is a common answer, but its simply PRACTICE and MOTIVATION. It helps if you love trying it even if you get frustrated. Keep aiming to ride further than you did before and set goals! Also check youtube videos for inspiration.
Is your taint made of iron? Possibly.
Can you also ride the unicycles without a seat (as in, just a wheel with pedals)? How much more difficult is that? I assume you mean without the "frame" part as well, there are dedicated things called "ultimate wheels" which are just wheels with pedals. I can ride the unicycle without using the seat, which is a trick called "seat drag", the seat just drags along the ground while I ride. It is more difficult but can be perfected with practice, like most tricks.
Do you do any freeriding? I couldn't believe the stuff Kris Holm was doing back around 2000. Has that type of riding progressed to an even highecrazier level? Link to Kris Holm riding: Link to Kris Holm would be the most well-known unicyclist in the world. I have tried a bit of "freeriding" at the world champs just for fun. It is very exhausting and fast paced!
Can you explain off-road unicycling to me please? I just don't get it. Off-road unicycling is what it sounds like, its unicycling off-road. Generally it refers to riding on rough terrains such as dirt tracks, sand, dense grassy places etc.. And may refer to MUni (mountain unicycling) which is like mountain biking but on a unicycle.
How many times did you bruise your nuts when first starting out? Does it still happen? Most unicyclists never bruise there nuts, its a common misconception. Usually when we do jumps and things, we land sirt of standing up so our balls don't get slammed. When learning, chafing in the inner thighs is common though and you can get red rashes :l.
I'm confused- if you were an under 14's champion in 2011, How can you be 18 in 2013? My birthday is in April. The comp was held in early January 2011. So If i was 14 in Jan 2011, 15 Jan 2012, 16 Jan 2013, 17 April 2013... Oh, you're right :D it was 2010 not 2011, my apologies. Link here showing the dates of the event and results: Link to
Do you commute on one? Is it more efficient than walking? Yes I do. I have rode to school in the past, and sometimes to work. On a 20" wheel, it is roughly 2-4x faster than walking on foot. Whether you like the attention or not, it always turns heads though! and get countless jokes like "wheres the other wheel!", "do a wheely!", "do a backflip!", "was that half price!?", "where's the rest of the cirus?", "where's the rest of your bike?!"
Where are the Unicycle World Championships held? Is there an international governing body for this sport? The World Unicycle Championships are held in different countries about every two years. The most recent champs were held in Italy and the next is to be held in Montreal, Canada, next year. As for the international governing body, that would be the IUF (International Unicycling Federation) Link to
Hi. I'm trying to get a hang on Unicycling myself, but last autumn I hurt my back while trying to master the art. So I have to start over again this summer. However, my question is simple: Do you have a YouTube-channel? Or know of there some videos of you competing, or just showcasing? Yes I do. My YouTube channel is I also have involvement in the Aus + NZ riders channel There are many solo, group, and competition videos on both channels.
Is this something you would like to do as your full time profession? Or is this something you have to do on the side due to the obscurity of the sport? It's a hobby that makes up most of my life. Most of the friendships and relationships Ive made have been connected with unicycling. I have friends from around the world. World champions don't get paid,however many have sponsorship from companies. I want to do something in IT or computing for my career.
Where do most great unicyclists come from? Europe... 0.o They breed crazy unicyclists, particularly France. The US is also really awesome aswell. Australia's standard is relatively low in comparison. The current street world champion is New Zealand though and I am proud to be a close friend with this guy :D.
I am a member of the hotdogs, three time UNICYCLE FOOTBALL champs! Check out our league! We have UNIBRAWDZ! Halloween game and halftime show highlights-Link to Brutal hit the other day-Link to Wow that is awesome! I haven't played footy on a unicycle before, cheers for the links, that is brutal.
What was it that made you get into uni? And after you were into it, what moment made you say "I want to compete and be the best?" Or were they the same moment? Good question :) For some unknown reason, as a child, I always wanted to be a clown. When I saw another boy riding one when I was ten years old, I thought it looked challenging and exciting and got one for my birthday, haven't stopped riding since! After the first year or two riding it, the thing that made me want to compete and meet up with other riders was by watching online YouTube videos. I was inspired by unicyclists such as Shaun Johanneson, Kevin McMullin, Luke Collalto etc... That lead me to finding out about the Australian Unicycle Nationals.
You got some sweet wheels? My uni: Yes I have a sweet KH19" wheelset, my Car: just normal ones xD.
Is it efficient for you to use one when getting about? Yes. Believe it or not, if I have a foot/ankle/leg injury, depending on the circumstances, it is often easier to get around on a unicycle. This is because most of the weight is put on the seat, and not the pedals (with my legs/feet). It's also faster than walking.
Good job! I've been unicycling for six years now too and I'm 18. Weird. Anyway, a big wall for my unicycle riding is the move where you rock back and forth in a stationary position. What was your biggest struggle or wall while learning? Wow, that is weird 0.o The manoeuvre you have described is called "idling". That was one of the first things I learnt, the difficult part was adjusting how much pressure to put on each side of the unicycle with my legs. I have a tendency to put more weight on back-foot, I haven't really worried about it though. To learn it, it may be helpful to ride forwards, and while riding do a revolution backwards, then keep riding. Each time, add a rock or two until you can do it continuously .
How did you learn to ride backwards? Having some trouble with this. How do you answer the age old question of 'Where's your front wheel, mate?' Learning to ride backwards was one of the first tricks I learnt. I remember practicing out on the road, I think it took me two weeks or so. I just kept practicing and trying to beat my previous record and get further and further. Keep at it!
I am a unicyclist as well, but my eternal struggle is hills. No matter what tips or tricks I try, unless I am leaning on someone, I plummet to my death. Any tips? Unicycling up/down hills isn't quite my thing. I'd love to help but don't specialize in this area, Terry Peterson may be able to help :) ? Link to
What do you do, when you feel demotivated? What pushes you to work? That is a toughy. Watching other riders on YouTube and watching them progress makes hypes me up again to ride! Also meeting up with riders I haven't rode with in a long time motivates me as well :D.
What drew you too uni cycling? It looked like a challenge when I saw another kid doing it. I also wanted to be a clown haha! So for my birthday I got one. Youtube videos of others are what made me become competitive though and take up different styles of unicycling.
Any advice for beginners? I wanted to get into unicycling for years. What do i have to look out for when getting a unicycle? For starters, you won't need heavy-duty (trials) unicycle like I have, unless you plan to do tricks in the future. A 20" is a standard wheel size which is all you will need, a helmet and shin guards too if you feel its needed. Have a look in your local bike shops, if not, then is a great place to look.
How expensive is your gear? In $AUD: Safety gear: Leg Armour ~$100, Shoes ~$90, Gloves ~$55, Helmet ~$30, My Unicycle ~$800.00 (good reasoning for this price, I know it seems very high! This is due to three-piece cranks, ISIS hub, carbon fibre seat base etc...)
Would you be 50% more talented if I put you on a bicycle? Try 50% less talented, maybe :P.
Is the transition from unicycle to bicycle rather easy? Assuming you know how to already ride a bicycle, then yes. However, it does feel weird at first! And getting used to the speed is funny xD i don't often ride bikes.
Have you checked out /Unicycling? I'm sure they'd be thankful for some tips. Yes, I found that out today and was surprised to see it. Thanks again for pointing it out! I have now subscribed.
When I was in China I saw a dude speed by on what appeared to be just one electric motorized wheel - no pedals and no seat. Do you consider this unicycling even without the seat post and pedals? I've seen photos and videos of these devices. I haven't really thought about it, I guess it is. Sort of. I'm not sure :P.
Your username should be Unipsycho. Also, how do you ride a unicycle?!?! I think that one has been taken. How do I ride one? It takes lots of practice and persistence to learn to balance on it.
Will you teach me? Sure, I'm happy to give you some tips and ask any questions you may have ^
Do you often go for a ride with your unicycle? Do you actually use it as a practical way of transportation? Around the house, to school/work etc. Yes, I use it around the house sometimes. I ride to work about once a month and I used to ride it to school years ago.
Have you, and did you enjoy playing Uniracers for Super Nintendo? I own a Nintendo 64 and am in love with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, however that is not quite relevant to your question haha. I have played it on Project64 and it was pretty cool to see unicycles in a video game for sure.
What do you think of Tim Desmet? He is a rider of my home town and I'm really impressed with his skills. This is one of this latest videos, I especially like the bail at the beginning. :p. Tim Desmet is an excellent rider, his most recent video is glorious!
What is your top all time speed? What gear and unicycle do you use? What is the longest distance you've covered on a unicycle? Are you good at any other cycling sports? I haven't measured my highest speed, but i can go sprinting pace. I don't use gears but I have a KH20 trials unicycle with an impact saddle and carbon-fibre seat base. 5 kilometers-ish. No, just unicycling :D.
Do you have any plans to go to the United states? My college Alma mater has a circus and I bet they'd love to have you come talk to their unicyclists or help at practice for a week. Within Australia I usually travel around to states when there is a competition happening or a meet-up with friends to ride with. I'm up for that sort of thing and happy to help other unicyclists or those looking at getting into it.
How do you find the KH shin guards? Have you tried his gloves with wrist support and if so do they actually help? I also saw you mention you can do seat drags do you have a particular technique from recovering from those (I've been stuck on this for a few months)? I love the KH leg armour. First pair lasted over two years of beating, onto my second pair. Yes I own a pair of KH pulse gloves and they do help, however i have more problems with ankles than wrists.I have't learnt to recover well from seatdrags, I just try to pick the frame up really fast!
Whats your favorite trick? Hmmm... I really love 360 hoptwists. Still-stands are great as well.
When and why did you start unicycling? I started unicycling on my 11th birthday when I received a unicycle as my birthday present. I asked for one before my birthday after I saw another kid riding one at a park. I thought it look fun and I always wanted to be a clown so with my birthday coming up, it was a great opportunity to get one and try it out myself!
Are you also involved in any other circus skills stuff? I'm a juggler and here in the uk our conventions/festivals attract a lot of unicyclists! I attended "Cirkidz" (circus school) in Adelaide for two years. There was a little bit of unicycling involved, and I did heeps of juggling. I dont' juggle anymore, or busk anymore either. I'm aware juggling conventions attract unicyclists, its fantastic to hear ^
Hmmm, you look familiar... Are you the lad who used to ride around Frankston near Beach St. and out the front of the library? Frankston in Victoria? I know there are a couple of unicyclists from around that area / in Melbourne. Names that come to mind are Sam Thomas, Luke Collalto, and a couple others. I'm based in Adelaide so it wouldn't have been me.
Do you know of any bear colleagues? No, sorry :/
What is your favorite size of wheel to use, and the best beginner wheel size for an 18 year old? Definitely 19" (commonly known simply as a 20" aswell). 20 is the standard wheel size. 16" for younger kids and 24" or more for large adults or if you want to do mountain unicycling.
It is odd hearing someone using imperial measurements in Australia. Do they not have metric rims over there? Yeah we don't usually measure with inches or feet or any of that. I guess just in the unicycling community that is how we have always referred to wheel sizing.
What are your thoughts on the game Uniracers for Super Nintendo, do you feel it captured the realism of unicycle riding or no? I own a Nintendo 64 and am in love with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, however that is not quite relevant to your question haha. I have played it on Project64 and it was pretty cool to see unicycles in a video game for sure. I haven't quite played it enough to answer the question in detail.
How would you rate your brother on a scale of 1 - 10? In terms of skill in comparison to me? Need more deets :P.
What kind of seats hurt the most to sit on? Seats with no foam, bicycle seats, and viscount saddles.
Hey man, it's nice to hear from a fellow unicyclist! I learned when I was young in a circus group (playing tag was fun), but now I'm more interested in city cycling. What sort of wheel size can you recommend for doing, say, 5-6km a day? Thats awesome to hear! I don't participate much in that field of unicycling, however I would recommend a 29" for that distance, if more than a 36" wheel.
Nah, in terms of how cool he is. If 1 is "defs not cool" and 10 is "super cool", I'd say 8.
Have you seen the first UNiVERsE movie? (I got into riding unicycles after watching that, and it is hard to believe how long ago that was! Unicycling has come a long way since then.) No I haven't but I really want to. Unicycling definitely has come a long way, its continuing to grow very quickly.
In Copenhagen there is a tower called the Rundetaarn or "Round Tower" that has no stairs going up, but just a hellical corridor going up. Every year in spring there is a unicycle race there. To the top and back! Have you already heard of this race/participated? If not, would you be interested? Ahh yes I've hears a little bit about that in a uni magazine. I haven't participated before. It would be cool but I'm not into racing events.
Do you have any videos of you uni cycling? like doing tricks? Yes, my youtube channel is and I have some on the AUS/NZ uni channel
Have you ridden a bicycle since starting to unicycle? If so, did you find it felt way too easy? The first time I rode a bike after two years of strict unicycling I felt like a master of the bicycle. Also have you ridden any giraffes? What's the tallest uni you have been on? I learnt to ride a bike when I was 5. It wasnt easy at first bit it was easier than learning to ride a unicycle. Yes ive ridden giraffes, I used to busk and juggle on them. The tallest uni ive been on was a 1.8 meter high 3-wheeled unicycle, yes thats right, 3 wheels.
How did you get into unicycling? Thanks for the AMA. As a child i always wanted to be a clown. When i was 10 i saw another boy riding one and i thought it looked exciting! I got one for my 11th birthday and been riding since.
Have you met and what do you think of Pierre Yves Billete? Oh wow!!! That excites me for you mentioning that!!! I met him in Wellington, NZ in 2009. We bumped into eachother staying at the same hostel. We got a photo with him too! Freestyle champion I think he was in 2010? Photo: Link to
Hey are there any tips you would give towards a beginner? I can step on to the unicycle and go about two or three feet before it kicks out in front of me. That is normal for a beginner. Try experimenting holding onto a wall, that may help. Practice and persistence is essential! Set goals for yourself, try and get further each time you try. Good Luck :D.
How is the koosh-koosh? Tasty.
Do you still ever smack your shins? I used to have a unicycle to pick up chicks in college and now I think I have permanent dents in my shins. Yes, however I wear leg armour to prevent injury and dents in shins. A lont time ago I didn't and I cut ip my shins all the time ><
What would be the normal PSI of your tire for each event? I haven't measured on a long time.. I think its 25ish, if not lower. I weigh about 66-69kg.
Do you ever dress up as famous fictional characters and ride your unicycle around town? When I was 11-12 I dressed up as a clown sometimes and ride round town.. NOT ANYMORE.
Have you ever played unicycle flag football? My hometown has a tournament for it every Sunday! I haven't no, it looks exciting though :D I saw some videos of it posted on here.
What is the fastest speed you've ever gotten to while riding? I haven't ever measured, but I can ride at sprinting pace of some friends.
Do you do video's and if so do you have any links to them? I know back in the day Kris Holm was getting a spot in every other mtn bike video that came out. That was back when he was riding for Norco and didn't have his own brand of Uni's. So the factory may have had something to do with it. Also, do you have multiple unicycles for different purposes? Specifically, do you mountain and street on the same rig? Thanks for sharing. Yes I upload my videos to and some to - I don't have different types of unicycles because i do street/trial/flat which require the same uni for me. If i weretodo mountain, then i would get a mountain unicycle.
I ride a lot of bikes and have developed what I like to call an Iron Taint. Would you consider your taint to be the consistency of Iron? Not quite, it can still be sensitive!
How many competitors were in this intergalactic championship you speak of? 5 in my age div for the street comp.
Did you use EPO? Nope.
Is Kris Holm still going strong? I saw him for the first time on a downhill MTB film years ago...mind was blown to smithereens. Kris Holm Unicycles (the company) is active and going strong with a fantastic reputation. As for KH himself, I believe so.
I tried uni but I pedicab too and those two aren't friendly at all. I would like to try it again. I noticed in your video your uni tire is nearly flat. Is that something just for tricks or always? When riding just to ride, is it best to be at full inflation or underinflated. When riding just to ride, then normally the tire should be reasonably hard and inflated. I have it flatter than usual like most trial/street/flatland unicyclists for more "bounce" its easier to do jumps etc..
Wait, you were between 0-14 years old in 2011 but are now 18? what the hell are you trying to pull here?! Thanks for spotting this as someone else has: My birthday is in April. The comp was held in early January 2011. So If i was 14 in Jan 2011, 15 Jan 2012, 16 Jan 2013, 17 April 2013... Oh, you're right :D it was 2010 not 2011, my apologies. Link here showing the dates of the event and results: Link to
Would you explain your ass/crotch position when landing each one of your jumping tricks? Is it attached to the seat so that it supports the entire upper body weight or is unattached to the seat so your feet attached to the pedal would handle the entire impact? If by "it" you mean my ass/crotch, no it isn't attatched to the seat all the time, I am free to move it off/on the seat. My feet land on the pedals, absorbing the impact, my crotch/ass is slightly above the seat when I land. Checkout one of my videos to examine if you wish: Link to
Is that a 20 inch diameter tire? Do you use other kinds of unicycles when you aren't doing tricks, or are you always doing tricks when you ride a unicycle (I used to unicycle to work because I didn't own a bike). Yes, a 20x2.5 Maxxis CC. I used to ride my giraffe unicycle but not anymore, I just use my trials unicycle for sll my tricks.
Why would you want to be a world champion unicyclist? Its a nice rewarding feeling of accomplishment, and to compete against other riders/friends :)
Keep up the great work! Have you tried the ultimate wheel? Did you like it? Yes I have, a number of years ago. I didn't really like it alot as it was stressful on the legs, but If I put time into learning it, then possibly. I like BC wheels though, good fun!
Did you ever think about the fact that you're technically always doing a wheelie? Yes, it has been pointed out to me many times!
Is it worth learning how to oscillate back and forth, like you had to wait at a light? How long did it take you to learn how to just jump onto the unicycle and go? I need something to lean against to get going, and can only really go straight forward, but once I'm going, I can go for 3-4 miles. Yes, it is worth learning to idle in my opinion. It took me roughly 1 week to learn the freemount. Yeah mow would be a good time to learn the freemount, keep at it!
What plans do you have for college/university? I plan to do a Bachelor of Information Technology at University in 2014 or 2015.
Do you know what the world record is for continuous unicycle ride is? 105 miles about? I'm not quite sure on that one, although I think its more than that. Terry Peteraon or John Foss are unicyclist that would know the answer to that.
How badly do your thighs chafe while unicycling? Do you wear spanx? When learning they used to chafe so bad! Red inner thighs! (That is normal for beginners) I rarely get it now. No i don't wear spanx.
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BECOMING one of the top teams in THE WORLD! Road to Madrid RLCS World Finals

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