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Old 02-16-13, 02:07 PM   #4
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Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
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This is one of my mirror sites for the original When I started, I started alongside a chainlink fence. Graduated to walking the sidewalk up and down in front of my house with a pole. Started doing 5 K charity races, then 10 Ks, (I've done the Bolder Boulder five times and finally the Dublin marathon in 1999 and again in 2001.

One helpful exercise is to set up paper bags, or balloons or even five gallon buckets, and walking sideways, practice stepping over the obstacles as well as weaving in and around them while walking sideways. Graduate to stairs. For extra credit, do this while some kid tries to pull your stilt pants down! ;>)

Stilt dancing and walking hills will help as well. Practice with a gallon jug of water in one hand. And then practice some more. Practice on sod and pavement, level ground and slopes, sideways as well as in line. Jumping jacks and jump rope are hard on your stilts, but good fun and LOTS of exercise. Practice in the dark, in a noisy environment. (close proximity fireworks) Good luck and keep in touch.
PS Do not wear earplugs while on stilts in darkness. If it is dark and you can't see well, earplugs seriously inhibit your sense of balance.
Walking tall and stretching imaginations!
Bill 'Stretch' Coleman
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