Go – verb, definition: “to ride an Elliptigo” This is the verb of choice used by those in the know….
I put the Elliptigo in the car and took it with me to school today. On Monday mornings we have a 6 am practice for distance runners. I got there a little early and unloaded it. Cielo, Cole’s mom, a runner, hdr member and Facebook friend drove by as I was setting it up and stopped to ask if it were the machine she saw me ride on Facebook….. I got the team together and we headed off for the same run as last week: We start with the “2 mile time trial loop” and then add 2 or 3 loops around the school depending on ability. Going uphill on Peonza the fast boys got a head start. As we turned onto Rancho Vista Blvd I upshifted and flew by everyone. I loved it. The kids definitely thought it was cool. I got down to cricket lane, made a U-turn and headed back uphill and into the wind for a bit until all the runners had passed me. Then I turned around and dashed back to the front once again. This was the pattern for the first two miles. I think I made 4 trips to the back and then each time rode back upfront to catch the boys. Once we got to the loops around the school, I looped with the kids. I downshifted and worked my way uphill and upwind up Peonza and Rancho Vista. Then I dashed down behind the school and did it again….. and again…. and again…. The runners did 4 or 5 miles, I did almost 8 in 40 minutes.
After school I got it back out of the car so Christian could give it a test spin. He did…. I was doing a quick loop when another teacher started to drive out. Ty, stopped his car right in the middle of the way and got out to investigate. He took it for a spin as well. The principal, Rob Garza came by and asked if I would have it around as he wanted to give it a try as well….. btw, after the HDR board meeting Jim Hasket and Erik Ruble tried it out….
I drove over to Valley Physical Therapy for my appointment. I parked in the back lot and headed in. When his aide, Aubrey started to take me to warm up on a stationary bike, I asked her to ask Clay if I could warm up on the Elliptigo. Of course, Clay came out and walked me to the back lot and gave it a try. He rode off and Karl came outside asking if I thought Clay would come back…. After Karl’s test ride I circled around the alley and parking lots near his office for 10 minutes – 2.25 miles…. no wind, finally!
Clay and Karl seemed impressed with the quality of the workout that one gets…. Go-ing….. I am noticing that there is definitely more work done by the backside, the glutes and hamstring, than done while running. This, of course, is a good thing, as a “weak backside” is a weakness I have been working to overcome!
Tomorrow morning – arthroscopic knee surgery – I will keep you posted. I covet your prayers….